“Once you commit yourself to a place, you begin to share responsibility for what happens there.” - Scott Russell Sanders, essay “Local Matters”, Secrets of the Universe.  Recognizing that we are part of a larger world, Maryville College believes a period of travel and study outside the United States should be a part of one's education whenever possible.

Confronting other cultures and viewpoints, learning about the customs and practices in other societies, coping with unfamiliar surroundings in a language not fully one’s own can do much to deepen insights and broaden perspectives. Such experience can also foster remarkable personal growth. We encourage all students to seek out the voices, struggles and successes of different cultures as part of their journeys abroad.  A range of opportunities for guided travel and study is available. Short-term possibilities come through experiential travel with a small group of students and faculty. For more extended periods, however, Maryville College maintains exchange programs with several overseas institutions and is a member of the International Student Exchange Program. Students should begin the process of exploring study abroad opportunities as freshmen, since most application deadlines occur in the sophomore year.

The Center for International Education (CIE) is also proud to welcome students from around the world. We provide a variety of resources and services to help international students make the most of their university experience. The CIE offers international student orientation programs, international and exchange student advising, a variety of social, cultural and educational programs throughout the year, and referrals to other campus services to assist with issues related to health, housing, language, immigration and student development.

If you have questions about Maryville College education abroad programs or international student services, please either visit International House, e-mail studyabroad@maryvillecollege.edu or call 865-273-8991.