Other Academic Programs

Credit for Prior Learning

The Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program for degree-seeking Dix Scholars offers an opportunity to receive college credit for knowledge gained through life experience. CPL students can apply for up to 24 credits for learning attained through employment, volunteer work, hobbies, travel, or other activity. Credit is not granted for the experience itself but for the college-level learning that resulted from the experience.

IDS 227, a seminar for Dix Scholars applying for CPL, is taught each fall and spring semester by the CPL coordinator. This course grants two credits in addition to the credits awarded through CPL. CPL credits do not count toward Simmons residency or independent learning requirements.

Terry Müller
CPL Coordinator and Director of the Writing Center
2nd Floor, Beatley Library

Domestic Exchange Program

Simmons has limited exchange agreements with Mills College, Oakland, California; Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia; and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Complete information and application forms are available in the CAS Dean's Office, room C-209.

Study Abroad Options

Each year, over 125 Simmons students study in intriguing places across the globe — most frequently in Spain, Japan, Argentina, South Africa and the UK, but other popular destinations include Australia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ireland, India and France. Most Simmons students go abroad in their junior year, either fall or spring semester. However, a growing number of students study abroad in the summer between their sophomore and junior years. Simmons students can even study abroad as early as the summer after their first year with a faculty-led travel course. A study abroad semester involve academic coursework which can help students fulfill modes or may count toward your major or minor. Many students who study abroad also pursue internships, volunteer, or explore field study topics ranging from public health in China, environmental management systems in Costa Rica, and multiculturalism and human rights in Morocco. Simmons also has a semester exchange agreement with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan. All students who want to study abroad must go through the Study Abroad Office and have their programs and courses pre-approved.

Faculty-led travel courses offer students the opportunity to earn academic credit abroad with a Simmons professor and students and typically run two to four weeks. Recent courses include Spanish language and culture in Granada, Spain, human rights in South Africa, and sustainability in Iceland. Coursework and class sessions typically begin in the spring semester before the group travels after the end of the semester. Some travel courses are designed to fulfill mode of inquiry requirements. A faculty-led travel course enables a student to be immersed in a culture other than her own and to broaden her perspective and knowledge of a language or subject through an intensive learning experience.

Early planning is highly recommended. Contact the Study Abroad Office for an appointment:

Study Abroad & International Programs Office
MCB, Room E-104