MCC International Fellowships

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Middlesex Community College is committed to educating students about global issues and broadening student perspectives of the world community. The MCC International Fellowship is an academic opportunity for MCC students to study a country's culture, literature, and history and then visit that country. Since 1992, Middlesex has offered fellowships to China, Russia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Spain, UK-Ireland, Europe, Belize, Morocco, and Peru. Fellowships vary from year to year, and the choice of country depends on funding, travel restrictions, and availability.  MCC students must apply for an International Fellowship.


MCC’S international Fellowship to Belize is a three-credit course and one-credit Coral Conservation Lab with in-country travel and research. Students study coral reef ecosystems and the global perspectives of complex environmental issues, including marine resource management and the importance of reefs in Belize culture. Activities include data collection while scuba diving and/or snorkeling.  Students are expected to share what they have learned with the college community.

To apply, students must be registered in ENV 121 Coral Reef Ecology (F 2-4:30 Sp19) or have completed the course in a previous year.  Applicants must additionally be currently enrolled in an MCC degree program in Fall 2018, complete 12 credits of coursework by December 31, 2018, be at least 18 years old, have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.7, and submit a completed application.  

The estimated participant program fee for the Belize Fellowship is $850.  This fee covers course tuition, round-trip airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, excursions, and Belize diving.  Participants are additionally responsible for passport expenses, any required visa fees, meals, incidentals, and diving certification.

Follow along with the Belize 2019 Fellows adventures here:


Students accepted to the Greece Fellowship are enrolled in a three-credit course, which may be used as either Humanities or Social Sciences credit. The three-credit course includes a series of lectures, readings, papers, and other requirements focusing on the culture, literature, economics, and history of the country studied. One component of the Fellowship is a visit to the country itself. The cost of the visit is subsidized by the college. MCC faculty and/or staff accompany each Fellowship. All Fellowships satisfy the following ISLOs: Multicultural and Global Literacy, Written and Oral Communication, Critical Thinking, Social Responsibility, and Personal and Professional Development.

The 2019 MCC International Fellowship to Greece is primarily a two-week summer school program held in Greece during the first two weeks of June. Students will attend lectures at the Hellenic American University in Athens about the history and culture of Greece.  Excursions will be planned in the afternoon and evening, such as walking tours at Acropolis Hill and the Roman Forum, a lesson on Greek dance at a local theater, and guided visits to museums. As part of the program, participants will travel to ancient Greek villages, where they will tour archaeological sites. The program will also include a service-learning component in Athens, where participants will engage in service activities with local community members.

There is some academic preparation prior to the fellowship itself, including team building exercises led by the Center for International Studies staff.  Upon return, students will complete a project to share with the MCC community.

Each participant must pay a non-refundable program fee of $500. Participants are additionally responsible for costs of passports and visas, travel immunizations, additional health insurance, course materials, optional excursions, and personal expenses. The MCC International Fellowship covers costs for the three-credit course tuition, roundtrip airfare, in-country transportation, accommodations, and some meals. The application period for the Greece Fellowship is now closed.

Check out this article, highlighting the MCC 2019 Greek Fellows' experience studying abroad with Hellenic American University in Athens!

For more information, contact Katie Reynolds,, 978-656-3254.

The video below highlights the benefits of study abroad through the Fellowship programs.

Study Abroad Video


Last Modified: 7/18/19