International and Off-Campus
Lafayette recognizes that we live in an increasingly complex and interrelated global environment, and connecting the classroom to the world is at the core of the College’s mission. Off-campus study combines academic rigor with experiential learning through immersion in an international or culturally significant domestic setting.
Students expand their comfort zones, encounter new perspectives, examine their own cultural viewpoints, and gain a deeper understanding of the world through study abroad. Programs range in duration from three weeks (during interim session) to a full semester to an academic year.
Internships and Externships
Students acquire new skills and discover new interests in internships (some carrying academic credit) and externships in a wide range of professions and industries. Many summer internships are sponsored by alumni of the College and parents of current students and recent graduates.
Engineers Without Borders
Dedicated to meeting the basic health needs of developing communities by applying sustainable, practical engineering solutions, the multidisciplinary group of students in EWB has established long-term relationships with communities, associations, and organizations in the Yoro District of Honduras.
The Semester in Environmental Science program at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystems Center, Woods Hole, Mass., provides opportunities for intensive hands-on academic inquiry under the guidance of distinguished scientists. Students also have opportunities to work on their own research projects.
In the Washington Semester program, based at American University, students take courses and serve an internship related to their field of study, earning 12-16 academic credits that are transferable to Lafayette.