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International Programs

Short Term Study Abroad Programs


If you are interested in studying abroad for a shorter duration; Merrimack offers programs lasting 10 days to 4 weeks.  Short-term programs are a great alternative for students who can not study abroad for a semester or year program. 

Summer Session in Wroxton, England

This summer spend four weeks in England, living on the beautiful grounds of Wroxton College.  At Wroxton you will encounter the quintessential English village scene. Set in the rural heart of England, Wroxton offers a peaceful environment for learning amid a beautiful countryside of lawns, lakes, gardens and woodland. The College itself is a small college that continues to meet its founding vision of an intellectual community, cloistered in an idyllic setting.  A $500 Wroxton scholarship is now available; contact Kathy Vaillancourt at for details.

Belizean Landscapes:  Ecology, Culture and Conservation

During the Winter Break, spend 13 days with faculty and students as they travel and study in Belize.  Students will experience home stays, visit Mayan ruins, and explore ecology by visiting some of the major ecosystems in the country, including tropical forests, mangroves and coral reefs.  This course satisfies the (X) Experiential Learning in the LS Core as well as one of the Science and Engineering requirements for Environmental Studies and Sustainability students. 

London: The City as Text

Students travel to London, England to “read” the city as a simultaneous locus of history, art and literature, commerce, cultures, religions, science, engineering, and education.  Join Dr. B and Lisa Cavallaro as student-led project teams take the class across this great city. This is a 2 credit course.

Summer Session in San Gimignano, Italy

Spend three weeks in Italy, to take two courses taught by Merrimack faculty and earn eight Merrimack College credits.  San Gimignano is one of the most notable and charming locations in Tuscany. The famous towers have contributed to its nickname, “Medieval Manhattan:. While living in San Gimignano, students will appreciate Benozzo Gozzoli’s frescoes of Augustine and enjoy stargazing at night. Courses are instructed in English; no Italian language is required.

Chengdu, China

(American Center for Study Abroad)

This summer, enjoy 5 weeks in China while retaining the academic freedom to take courses that you need.  The Chengdu American Center for Study Abroad is the only one of its kind that is formed by a consortium of accredited American universities which offers a summer program open to all American and International students. Courses are instructed in English; faculty from U.S. universities such as American University, Norwich University, Fairleigh Dickinson University and Merrimack College are represented.

Dublin & Belfast, Ireland

Ten day trip to beautiful Dublin & Belfast in May-June 2015. Students on this trip will take Writing Through War to Peace and Narratives of the Troubles and Beyond in Northern Ireland (WRT3701) which is led by Merrimack Faculty.  See Ireland’s turbulent past first hand by going to the sites of Bloody Sunday or the Easter uprising to name a few. Satisfies a Humanities distribution requirement. Fulfills D and X in LS core.

Pellegrinaggio, Italy

RTS2425 Pellegrinaggio in Italia: This course is a study of St. Augustine of Hippo as well as an exploration of the origin of the Augustinians, the religious order which bears his name. After weekly preparatory seminars, students journey to Augustinian Italy to examine, first hand, sites of importance in Augustine’s life and in the origin and early history of the Augustinian friars. This experience provides active, engaged learning through dialogue among a community of friends. The course offers a number of inter-disciplinary opportunities involving art, architecture, archaeology, literature and history associated with Augustine in 4th-5th century Italy and with the history of the Augustinians in medieval and renaissance Italy. Being a pilgrim will enhance the student’s search for the wisdom that can result from a deeper understanding of self, others and God—the search which captivated the life of Augustine. The weekly seminars meet all throughout the spring semester both before and after the journey itself takes place during spring break. Prerequisite: RTS 1100. An interview and permission of professor are required. Fulfills AL [Arts and Literature] (effective 2014-2015) and X [Experiential Learning] in the LS Core.