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Smith’s Global Reach

Smith women share a global perspective.

Smith's Global Reach

Live and study with women from all 50 states and 70 countries, and from almost every ethnic, political, social, economic, racial, religious and cultural background. Smith has long been a leader in global education, with more than 400 courses relating to international issues and many more that examine different cultures within the United States. Smith also sends hundreds of students abroad each year. Whether you’re learning Mandarin in Beijing, eating the Tunisian-style spicy stew ojja or exploring the chalky cliffs at La Scala dei Turchi in Sicily, our promise at Smith is that you’ll leave the college with the personal and intellectual capacities to lead in the world.

The World is Your Campus

Smith is a global college. While you are here, you will tailor your education to who you are as an individual and who you are becoming as a leader. When you graduate, you will leave Smith with the personal and intellectual capacities to transform your community and change the world. 

From your first days on campus, you will engage with international and intercultural issues. You’ll forge cross-cultural friendships while you live and study with 2,500 women from all over the world. You’ll design a program of in-class and out-of-class global leadership experiences. And you'll choose from courses in East Asian languages and cultures, Latin American and Latino/a studies, South Asian studies, Middle East studies, “New Europe” studies and border studies. 

If you want broader horizons, you can find a study away experience that piques your interest. Close to half of Smith’s students spend time abroad before they graduate. You can travel to locations around the globe with faculty-led programs during January interterm or work at an internship for the summer. Or spend a semester or academic year on one of Smith’s own programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris. You can also choose from Smith’s consortial and approved programs in places like Spain, Japan, India and Mexico, the Middle East and South Pacific.

The college encourages students from all academic disciplines, including the sciences and engineering, to become informed global citizens and to engage with communities beyond Smith.

Video: Study Arabic at Smith

The study of Arabic is much more than simply learning how to converse in this ancient language. Studying Arabic at Smith means you’ll also be immersed in the history, culture and art of Arab-speaking peoples.