Summer Study Abroad and Non-Academic Opportunities


Summer Study Abroad

Summer study abroad programs provide an opportunity to develop language skills in preparation for a semester abroad, or to have an abroad experience when an entire semester abroad is not possible due to competing academic, extracurricular, or personal interests.

While the Center for Global Education focuses on academic-year programs, we often advise students on summer options. Students should consult the online directory of summer programs below. Once students have developed a “short list” of potential summer programs, they should discuss the options off-campus study advising staff in the Center for Global Education.

Summer courses abroad are “transfer courses” and students may apply a maximum of two summer course credits towards their Bates degree. This credit should be pre-approved through the Registrar’s Office. You may access the transfer credit policy and the transfer credit application form on the Registrar’s website.

Bates financial aid is not available to support summer study.  Some programs do have financial aid for summer study as do some outside scholarships and grants.

We suggest you search for summer programs offered by organizations which Bates uses for semester and year study abroad, these may include:

Many English language universities offer summer programs:





Non-Academic Opportunities

Working, interning, volunteering or teaching can provide an alternative to study abroad or complement your study abroad experience.

If you intend to work following study abroad, it is crucial to determine the visa regulations of your host country at the outset since a student visa might not permit you to work.

There are many organizations offering work, internship and volunteer opportunities abroad.

  • Transitions Abroad, an on-line and paper publication, is a good clearinghouse for work, teaching, and volunteer opportunities abroad.
  • The University of Michigan International Center, the Center for Global Education, and UC Irvine provide good advice on working, teaching, and volunteering abroad as well as listings of opportunities.
  • Cross-Cultural Solutions offers 1-12 week community development programs around the world.
  • Cultural Vistas offers internships opportunities around the world.
  • Intrax offers both summer volunteer programs in the developing world and and summer business internships..
  • Arcadia University’s Center for Global Studies offers legislative internship opportunities (not for Bates credit) in Australia, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • CIEE offers teaching opportunities for recent graduates in  a number of countries, including Chile, China, the Dominican Republic, South Korea, Spain, and Thailand.
  • API offers a wide variety of work and volunteer opportunities around the world.

For region and country specific opportunities, the following sites might be useful: