Academics World Studies Program (WSP)
- Degree requirements for WSP students
- WSP Handbook [pdf]
- Writing a WSP Internship/Absentia 1 Proposal
Marlboro College's World Studies Program (WSP) is a four-year course of study integrating the best traditions of liberal arts learning and international studies with a six-to-eight month internship in a foreign culture. Students who complete the program receive a Bachelor of Arts or Science in International Studies and their area of concentration and graduate with the combined advantages of a liberal arts education and an international resume- a head start in the world of international work.
The World Studies Program draws on the resources of Marlboro College and the School for International Training (SIT), the academic arm of World Learning, formerly The U.S. Experiment in International Living. The two campuses are located 15 miles apart in the hills of southern Vermont. SIT, a world leader in international development, education and exchange, sponsors programs for students and professionals from many countries and offers opportunities for personal encounters with students, professionals and travelers from all over the globe. Students in the World Studies Program take graduate level courses at SIT after completing their internships. Other resources such as language instruction, an international career center, and the SIT library are available to Marlboro students.
The World Studies Program demands strong motivation on the part of its students. Students who complete the program develop self-knowledge, confidence and cross-cultural skills only the rarest undergraduates possess; and they become prime candidates for work in international fields. Graduates of the program have been accepted into many prestigious graduate schools, including Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Washington University and the University of Vermont. Over two thirds of the graduates now work or study in international fields.
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