Experiential Learning

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Student Intern Program
Work experience in Washington, D.C., for students interested in careers in international relations.

Harvard National Model United Nations
Each year Allegheny attends the country’s largest and most prestigious Model UN event, which attracts 2,000 students from more than 120 institutions. Recently, two Alleghenians were among sixty participants honored for their presentations.

Washington Semester at American University
Students study source materials and government institutions in the nation’s capital. Internships and coursework in several areas including law, politics, journalism, and environmental policy.

EL Summer Internships

Three-week work experiences at a variety of organizations in Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. These internships are offered primarily through our alumni in those regions. Allegheny College supports this initiative by securing housing for the interns.

EL Summer Study Tour Courses

In May 2016, The International Education Office, now part of the Allegheny Gateway, will offer eight EL Seminars. The seminars are between 14 days & 3 weeks long and are worth 2-4 experiential learning credits towards graduation.

All EL Seminars are led by Allegheny faculty and administrators and begin soon after the end of Spring semester 2016. All EL Travel Seminars are pending student enrollment numbers which will be determined in mid-November 2015. Seminars with low enrollment numbers will be cancelled.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is required of all majors. The College sponsors a range of study-abroad programs that are open to all Allegheny students who meet the specific program requirements. These include:

Programs offering courses directly related to international studies:

  • Argentina—Buenos Aires (CIEE-Liberal Arts Program)
  • Australia (James Cook University)
  • England (Lancaster University, University of Oxford)
  • South Africa (KwaZulu University of Natal)
  • India (University of Minnesota Studies in International Development)
  • Kenya (University of Minnesota Studies in International Development)
  • Israel (Arava Institute, University of Haifa)
  • Costa Rica (School for Field Studies)

Language and area studies programs (intermediate to advanced host country language skills required)

  • Germany (Allegheny-in-Cologne, Universität Tübingen)
  • France (Université Catholique de l’Ouest and Boston University Paris Internship Program)
  • Spain (Center for Cross-Cultural Study in Seville)
  • Mexico (ITESM in Querétaro)
  • China (Capital Normal University, CIEE Programs in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai)
  • Ecuador (University of Minnesota Studies in International Development)
  • Senegal (University of Minnesota Studies in International Development)

Programs offering internships and field placements

  • Paris, France
  • Quito, Ecuador
  • Jaipur, India
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Dakar, Senegal

Allegheny’s financial aid packages support study in all Allegheny-sponsored programs. Students not enrolling in the College-sponsored programs may, with the approval of the International Studies Committee and the director of the international office, participate in other programs. Study abroad may exempt students from certain courses required for the major.

The Wayne Reynolds Merrick Fellowship in International Studies is available to assist in funding for year, semester, or summer study abroad.

  • Argentina—Buenos Aires (CIEE-Liberal Arts Program)
  • Australia—Townsville (James Cook University Study Abroad Program)
  • Dakar, Senegal

Other Opportunities

Extensive Co-curricular Activities
Model United Nations, Allegheny Research Interest Group, Amnesty International chapter, World Issues Forum, International Club, Young Democrats, College Republicans, mock conventions and elections, Debate Team.

International Film Festival

Language Tables
Several days each week interested students and faculty meet together for lunch. There are regular tables in Chinese, French, German, and Spanish.

Max Kade International House
The Max Kade International House in the newly- constructed North Village brings together under one roof separate residences for students majoring in Chinese, German, French, and Spanish and those in the MENA minor.