Microgrant Funding

The International Studies Program makes available microgrants to IS majors and affiliated faculty in IS. Students may apply for conference funding, materials necessary (and otherwise unobtainable) for comping, travel funding if related to comping, and student-group activities that IS could meaningfully support. Faculty may apply for conference funding if related to teaching and pedagogy (i.e., as related to courses they offer in IS) or for funds to support speakers or campus programming. Requests will be received on a rolling basis until the monies are expended.  The International Studies Steering Committee will review applications.  Please click here for applications.

Please contact program chair Shannan Mattiace (smattiac@allegheny.edu) with any questions.

Experiential Learning

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Work experience in Washington, D.C., for students interested in careers in international relations. For graduating seniors, participants in the James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program work as research assistants to Carnegie’s senior scholars.

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.

Law & Policy Program – Global Affairs Focus
The Global Affairs focus in the Law & Policy Program is open to students who seek to explore possible career paths as well as academic interests that reflect international law and policy themes. Global Affairs programming has included study away opportunities, internships, the International Humanitarian Law Dialogues, foreign service career workshops, short courses, senior projects, Quigley Town Halls, and many other opportunities that focus on international law and global challenges.

EL Travel Seminars

In late May after Spring semester concludes, the International Education Office offers several EL Travel Seminars in diverse parts of the world.  Recent destinations have included Cuba, Japan, Ukraine/Moldova, and Nicaragua. These study tours are 10 to 21 days in duration and are worth 2 to 4 experiential learning credits.  An EL Travel Seminar is also often offered over Spring Break.  All EL Seminars are led by Allegheny faculty and administrators and are necessarily dependent upon sufficient student enrollment.

International Internships

International internship opportunities are offered through the Allegheny Gateway.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is required of all IS majors. The College sponsors a range of Study Abroad programs that are open to all Allegheny students who meet the specific program requirements.  For students with demonstrated financial need, the Wayne Merrick Scholarship in International Studies is available to assist with funding for a year, semester, or summer of study abroad.

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 International Education, participate in other programs. Study Abroad may exempt students from certain courses required for the major.

 Allegheny-sponsored Study Abroad programs related to International Studies:

Programs offering internships and field placements

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

Other Opportunities

Culture 2 Culture Mentoring Program
Culture 2 Culture helps new international students with the transition to life at Allegheny College and in the US.  Each new international student is paired with a current Allegheny student, who will act as a mentor and guide during their first semester at Allegheny.

International Film Festival 
A five-week series of new, internationally-renowned films is presented in January and February, curated by the faculty of the Department of World Languages & Cultures.

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

Max Kade International Houses
The Max Kade International wing of North Village C creates an international community for students who desire a language immersion experience or who wish to explore more deeply their interest in world cultures and events.