Global Studies Program an Integral Component at SMCA (By Carlon Haas, Director or International Programs)

Carlon Haas
What does St. Michael's Global Program encompass?
Our Global Studies Program is dedicated to developing global citizens. which Oxfam defines as people who:
  • are aware of the wider world and have a sense of their own roles as citizens
  • respect and value diversity
  • have an understanding of how the world works
  • are outraged by social injustice
  • participate in the community at a range of levels - from the local to the global
  • are willing to act to make the world a more equitable and sustainable place
  • take responsibility for their actions 
A Global Campus Brings in Students from All Over the World
Four years ago, St. Michael’s had 8 international students from 4 different countries. Last year, St. Michael's had 30 full-time international students on campus from 8 different countries. Eight of those students were living with St. Michael’s families.

This fall, we had students 27 students from Spain and France on campus for two weeks as part of our exchange program with partner schools Highlands el Encinar in Madrid, Spain and Ste. Agnes in Angers, France.
International students play an important role on campus and are part of all activities on campus. They are an integral part of our student body. In fact, last year one of our international students from India, Sumarin Singh Thakur, won the Crusader Award, which is given to the student who best embodies the values of St. Michael's.
The presence of international students on campus brings different cultures together and allows students to see things from others' perspectives.
See The World
But it’s not enough to just have students from around the world come to us. To truly see the world from a global perspective, students need to experience other cultures firsthand. As part of our exchange program, students who host students from our global partner schools will go to their host student’s country and stay with his or her family. They get to experience what it is like to go to school in another country, to eat dinner at different times (9PM in Spain), and to see where events took place that students have only read about in history books.
In addition to our exchanges, during Winter Term we have offered academic travel opportunities to students. In the last two years, St. Michael's students have:
  • Ascended the Great Wall of China
  • Witnessed the “Tide of the Century” at Mont St. Michel in France
  • Rode a bicycle for the first time on the walls of Xian, China
  • Saw the paintings of Picasso, Goya and other great artists in Spain
  • Discovered the splendors of Rome
  • Climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  • Toured the Vatican
This Winter Term, our students will  return to Spain and France, and we are also offering our first trip to Thailand.
We Can Change the World
Our Global Studies Program not only encourages students to learn about other cultures, but to do their part to make the world a better place. Our students have worked in orphanages in India and helped build houses in the Dominican Republic.
This year, our students will visit the garbage dump communities in Nicaragua. While there, they will help build homes for the people in the community.
The future is bright at St. Michael's. We continue building relationships with global partner schools, and have just started a new relationship this summer with Suzhou Foreign Language School in Suzhou, China.
We will continue to bring in talented students from all over the world and provide the life-changing opportunities to enrich the St. Michael's education experience.
Carlon Haas