Study Abroad and Study Away
The opportunity to study away—whether for a term or an entire year—is available to all students. It can be a wonderful way to expand upon students' work at Bennington and to broaden or specialize their interests and area of concentration in a new and exciting environment.
Our students have studied across the globe in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Central and South America. Bennington has relationships with several study away programs and allows students to research and propose study away through new programs. We also offer exchanges with several international and domestic colleges and universities, further expanding students' study away opportunities.
Study Abroad and Study Away
Students in good academic and disciplinary standing are eligible and encouraged to study away for a term or a year at any time from their fourth through their seventh terms. Students who are interested in studying at another school should begin planning approximately a year in advance, and discuss the idea with their Plan committees. The Plan committee will evaluate programs of study and advise how the courses offered may be coordinated with the students' plan of study at Bennington.
Students must consult with the director of study away and complete the Application to Study Away in order to obtain final approval. Students may choose to apply for consortium status from the Financial Aid Office. Our Financial Aid Office would then facilitate the transfer of allowable aid to the other school. After the program is completed, an official transcript must be sent directly to the Provost and Dean's Office and official granting of transfer credit will then be determined. A Study Away Administrative Fee (SAAF) is charged. Email us for additional information or to schedule an appointment.
Study Away and the Plan
Students must be approved to study away in a Plan meeting. This may happen in the 3rd term for those hoping to study away in the 4th or 5th terms. If students have been approved to study away at an initial Plan Proposal meeting, there is no need for an additional Plan meeting unless their faculty advisor feels that such a meeting would be beneficial. If students intend to study away in the 6th term, approval for study away will happen in the 5th term through an early Plan Progress and Advanced Work meeting. For students planning to study away in the 7th term, approval will happen in the 6th term through the regularly scheduled Plan Progress and Advanced Work meeting. The Plan Progress and Advanced Work meeting will be the final Plan meeting unless the faculty advisor feels that a meeting following the term away would be beneficial.
The College currently has international changes in place with the following institutions:
- Bath Spa University—Bath, England
- Kansai Gaidai University—Osaka, Japan
- University of East Anglia—Norwich, England
Students who study away on exchange are able to use their institutional aid to cover tuition (and in some cases room and board) at their host institution. Each exchange operates differently. Bennington students interested in studying away on exchange should complete the Study Away Intake Form and email us for an appointment.
Institutions interested in establishing an exchange with Bennington College should email Kendra Ericson, director of study away to explore a potential partnership.
Bennington College is a member of the Consortium for Innovative Environments in Learning (CIEL). This membership offers Bennington students the opportunity to study for a term at one of 12 other member colleges and universities around the U.S. For more information about specific CIEL opportunities, please email us for an appointment.
The AVIC Semester Exchange Program provides Bennington Students the opportunity to study away for a term at any of the 14 partner institutions in Vermont. There are a limited number of exchange opportunities at each host institution; applicants will be selected for participation based on the connection of the proposed course of study to the work of the student's plan and the overall quality of their written application materials. Learn more about the AVIC Exchange here or get started on your AVIC Exchange Application.
Museum Fellows Term
Integrating learning across several interwoven contexts, the Museum Fellows Program spans the college’s seven-week Field Work Term and the spring term. It is an immersive educational opportunity in which students gain professional work experience at a major cultural institution; visit exhibitions and study multiple aspects of the art world with Bennington faculty; and meet artists, curators, and other arts and culture leaders. Museum partners over the first three years have included the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Jewish Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Interested students should email Liz White or visit the Museum Fellows Term page for more information.
Funding Study Away
There are resources available to help students fund their study away experiences. Many study away providers offer their own grants and scholarships for students who study through their programs, and students who intend to complete work in Public Action are eligible to apply for the College's Public Action Grant. Visit the Grants and Fellowships Advising page for additional information and resources or email the director of grants and fellowships, Noelle Murphy, to schedule an appointment.
The Visiting Student Program at Bennington College is an opportunity for students to supplement the undergraduate programs at their home institutions by studying at Bennington for up to two terms. The program is open to students who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at another college/university, either within the United States or abroad.
Interested students should complete the Visiting Student Application and have their home institution complete the Home School Nomination Form. All forms should be submitted to email@example.com.
"Travel and studying abroad affords us the opportunity to stand outside ourselves and our usual circumstances, which in turn allows us to better understand ourselves and our place in the world." —Varney Glassman '16
"This city has made me face the reality of war and my own role in it as an American. It is rich in character and beauty but there is no way to shield your eyes from the severity of the situation." —Hannah Alongi '16
"Traveling makes us see what tiny place we occupy in the world; it strips us of all the triviality we fill our lives with, and shows us what really matters." —Beatrice Ugolini '16
"Studying in Paris was an unforgettable experience. By design, the city gives you the impression of being at the center of the universe. It's quite the feeling." —Brendan McPherson '16
ISTANBUL, TURKEY (PHOTO TAKEN IN HASANKEYF, TURKEY)
"Even in that moment I knew I was living exactly the life I wanted." —Farah Mohammad '16
BONAIRE, CARIBBEAN NETHERLANDS
"At Bennington, I research sea urchins. In Bonaire, I got to research sea urchins in the field while developing my skills as a scientist and learning about a new place. So whatever you study at Bennington, if you want to study abroad, I promise, there is a program out there for you." —Kate Howard '16
OSAKA, JAPAN (PHOTO TAKEN IN NARA, JAPAN)
"Life, culture, and society in America make up just one tiny sliver of a massive whole. Being human means pursuing experiences that show you the rest of the pie, taking steps towards that ultimate realization. Living in Japan has truly expanded my palate and shown me what can be." —Kyle Gordon '17
BATH, ENGLAND (PHOTO TAKEN IN WILTSHIRE, ENGLAND)
"My study abroad experience was able to give me insight of how my studies, skills, and knowledge will function and prosper after my time at Bennington." —Ayesha Raees '17
"Through study abroad with SIT, I was able to better understand my Bennington education, as well as myself, in the context of other education systems and the world." —Malia Guyer-Stevens '16