Where Can I Go?

ItalyEach May Term, faculty offer short-term study abroad courses in a variety of sites throughout the world. For a list of courses offered this academic year, see the course offerings listed on the left. Longer-term programs — for a summer, semester, or year — provide a deeper cultural immersion experience for participants. Often students live with a host family during longer stays, experiencing meals, holidays, language, and family traditions just as local residents do. Mary Baldwin University has longstanding partnerships with several colleges in Taiwan, United Kingdom, India, Japan, and South Korea. Students can also choose to study anywhere in the world through other universities and independent providers. Visit the study abroad library at the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement for more information. Students may be eligible to apply financial aid to the additional cost of study abroad. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

Mary Baldwin Exchange and Partner Programs


Spend a semester at our new partner school, National Chengchi University (NCCU) in Taiwan. Noted as one of the best schools for humanities, social sciences, and business in Taiwan, it also hosts an environment friendly for English-native speakers. Located in Taipei City, with a lovely view of the Zhinan Mountain and the Jingmei River, you will enjoy this peaceful and beautiful learning environment. More information at: http://oic.nccu.edu.tw/english/incoming.php


United Kingdom

Oxford University (summer) The Virginia Program at Oxford is a six-week summer session at St. Anne’s College of the University of Oxford. Six Virginia colleges, including Mary Baldwin, combine to offer a select group of students the opportunity to study the literature, history, and society of late 16th and early 17th century England. Lectures and tutorials are conducted by British faculty. Students may earn six semester hours of English and history credit. Students from all majors at Mary Baldwin may apply to the program. For more information and application, contact Dr. Mary Hill Cole.

The Irish-American Scholars Program allows students at Mary Baldwin to study at one of five high-quality institutions in Northern Ireland: the University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast Metropolitan College, Stranmillis Community College, or St. Mary’s University College. Eligible students must hold a GPA of at least 3.2.  For more information, visit http://www.presbyteriancolleges.org/irishamericanscholars.htm.


Lady Doak College VWIL students are eligible to spend a semester or year in Madurai, India at Lady Doak College, the first women’s college in Madurai. Since it was established in 1948 by American missionary Katie Wilcox, the college has grown from 81 students to over 3,000. Offering undergraduate courses in 21 disciplines, Lady Doak is committed to the empowerment and academic development of women.


Applicants for the following programs in Japan must have at least a “B” average and should contact Dr. Daniel Métraux, professor of Asian Studies, to apply.

Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts
Spend a semester or year at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, which has been a “sister school” to Mary Baldwin for more than 30 years. The college is located across the street from the legendary Emperor’s Palace in one of Japan’s most beautiful and historic cities. While attending Doshisha, students immerse themselves in Japanese language and culture. The Doshisha program in Japanese Studies features intensive language and cultural studies. Students can also arrange independent studies and internships to further their experience.

Kansai Gaidai
Kansai Gaidai, which enrolls around 13,500 students, is a private college in Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture, offering an Asian Studies program specifically designed for international students. Courses are taught in Japanese and English, though applicants are required to have two years of Japanese instruction. Established in 1945, Kansai Gaidai is located mid-way between Osaka and Kyoto, in the commercial and cultural heart of Japan.

Soka University
Spend a semester at Soka University, located in Hachioji, a suburb of Tokyo and major university community. You will spend time studying Japanese and Japanese culture in a unique Japanese-teaching process designed to quickly and effectively enhance students’ competency in the Japanese language. Class size limited to 20 students.

South Korea

Sungshin Women’s University Spend a semester or year at Sungshin Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. Founded in 1936 by Dr. Lee Sook-chong, Sungshin enrolls around 13,000 students. Previous study of Korean language is not required, but participants can enroll in language courses while at Sungshin. Mary Baldwin students from all academic programs are eligible to study at Sungshin in the fall or spring semesters. Apartment-style housing is provided on campus in the international residence hall.

Affiliate Programs for Study Abroad

Affiliation scholarships are available to students who apply to programs of the following external providers: