Study Abroad / International Education Fellowships for MCC Students

Middlesex Community College is committed to educating students about global issues and broadening student perspectives of the world community. International Education Fellowships are academic opportunities for MCC students to visit a country and study its history and culture. Since 1992, Middlesex has offered fellowships to China, Russia, Costa Rica, Spain, Ireland, Europe, Belize and Peru. Fellowships vary from year to year, and the choice of country depends on funding, travel restrictions and availability.

For more information about MCC's International Education Fellowships, contact Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs, at or 978-656-3256.


MCC students must apply for an International Education Fellowship program. Once accepted, they enroll in a three-credit course, which may be used as either Humanities or Social Science credit. The Belize Fellowship is a Science course. Students must be enrolled in a Health Careers Program and/or fluent in Spanish for the Peru Fellowship.

The course includes a series of lectures, readings, papers and other requirements focusing on the history and culture of the country studied. One component of the course is a visit to the country itself. The cost of the visit is subsidized by the college. MCC faculty and staff accompany each International Education Fellowship program.

The cost of each Fellowship is $500 and includes round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations and tuition for the course. The cost does not include expenses for passports, visa fee if needed, meals, excursions, additional health insurance, travel immunizations and incidentals. Any student who has completed 12 credits of coursework at MCC by the time of application, is currently enrolled in a degree program, at least 18 years old, and has a minimum GPA of 2.0, may apply.


Download an application packet below* or contact Pat Demaras, Assistant Dean of International and Multicultural Affairs, at or 978-656-3256.

*Application files are in Adobe PDF format. The FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader software is needed to open and view attachments at


Belize Experience - a three-credit, 10-day research experience in June to study coral reef ecology and conservation. In preparation for the trip, students attend classes on the cultural and economic importance of reef ecosystems and also attend a retreat prior to departure. Students participate in activities that include data collection while scuba diving and/or snorkeling on the reef in Belize. Most activities are done from a boat. The course involves journal entries, underwater photography and data analysis.  Students who are interested in the Belize Fellowship must register for ENV 121 Coral Reef Ecology course. 

China Experience - a three-credit college course, which includes an incredible two-week journey of exploration and discovery in China during June. Participants are required to take a one-semester course on the history and culture of China and also attend a retreat prior to departure. Visits to Beijing, Jinan, Qingdao, Qufu, and Shanghai are usually scheduled. The itinerary for any Fellowship program may be different from year to year. The Chinese Travel Bureau office provides national and local guides for most areas. 

Ireland Experience - a three-credit, two-week program held in Ireland during the first and second weeks of June. Students attend classes each day on the history and culture of Ireland. Excursions are planned in the afternoon and evening. Students and advisors will spend one week in Dublin at St. Patrick's College and one week in Belfast at Stranmillis University College. Academic preparation prior to the Fellowship is required, as well as a Service-Learning component during their stay in Ireland. 


Peru Experience - a three credit service learning experience during the first two weeks of June that will provide an opportunity for students who are Health Career majors and/or fluent in Spanish to carry forth the college's mission of service to regions beyond our borders while using the skills they have learned in the classroom. Students will be providing healthcare service to individuals and families in an underserved village outside of Trujillo, Peru regarding health, hygiene, nutrition and sanitation. Students will also have an opportunity to share their perspectives and gain an understanding of the Peruvian philosophy of healthcare through a combination of historical, social, political and economic contexts at the University of Trujillo.

Russia Experience - a three credit course which includes an exchange program with Bryansk State Technical University (BSTU) in Bryansk, Russia.  Students and staff from BSTU travel to Lowell in May and in exchange MCC students and staff travel to Moscow and Bryansk in Russia for two weeks in June.  In preparation for the trip, selected fellows attend a series of classes on the history and culture of Russia as well as participate in a full day retreat.  After retuning from Russia, students are expected to complete a capstone project to share the knowledge and experience they have learned with the college community. 

European Experience - a two-week program with an itinerary that changes each year. MCC faculty and students join with students and faculty from around the world, who develop projects and case studies around a common theme prior to departure. Previous programs have traveled to the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Romania, Hungary and Italy, in collaboration with the Noordelijke Hogeschool in the Netherlands.

Spain Experience - held in Madrid during the January college break. Classes are conducted in English at the Madrid campus of Suffolk University. Cultural visits to the Prado Museum, Thyesen Museum and the Palacia Real are usually scheduled in the afternoons.


NAFSA: Association of International Educators -

MaCIE: Massachusetts Council for International Education



Last Modified: 3/3/14