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.

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.

 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)

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

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 
A five-week series of new, internationally-renowned films is presented in January and February, curated by the faculty of the Department of Modern & Classical Languages.

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.