Mount Mercy’s exchange partnerships allow undergraduates to spend a semester or summer abroad for virtually the same cost as staying on campus. The benefits of studying abroad through a Mount Mercy partnership institution include a lower cost and the ability to apply your scholarships to your study abroad experience. Additionally, some classes are pre-approved and the transcript evaluation is pre-arranged. For a complete list of all study abroad options, visit the study abroad page

Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, England

Beginning in 2011, Mount Mercy has offered a study abroad program at Canterbury, a historic small city with a world-famous cathedral.  The semester program offers students the choice of two core courses in British society, literature, or history, and as well as two additional courses in a variety of subjects, such as English, criminal justice, history, and business.  The program includes several field trips to places like London, Stonehenge and Dover.  Major European capitals like London, Paris and Brussels are only a short train ride from Canterbury.


Student Comments on Canterbury:

  • “I will never forget the sights; it is a character and a history so very different from here at home."
  • “It really opened my eyes to just how big the world is.”

Carlow College, Carlow, Ireland

Mount Mercy’s newest partnership with Carlow College provides students with a comfortable small-town experience just a short bus ride from the capital city of Dublin.  Students on the Carlow semester program can choose from courses that meet major or core requirements, including an Irish experience course that extends learning through field trips to castles, churches, and even pubs where traditional music is played.  More information on the program can be found on the study abroad website.


Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic  

Since the partnership agreement with Palacky University was signed in 1989, dozens of Mount Mercy students have studied at Palacky, experiencing student life in the ancient city of Olomouc and traveling throughout the Czech Republic and Europe. No knowledge of Czech is necessary, since courses for study abroad students are taught in English, especially in the Central European Studies program, including courses in economics, environmental studies, film, political science, and sociology.  Mount Mercy offers a Semester Exchange and a Summer Exchange program in the Czech Republic. 

Student comments on the Palacky exchange:

  • “This was the best four months of my life!”
  • “I met some of the best people I know and some best friends from studying abroad. I also traveled to some of the most amazing places in the world, only a few hours from Olomouc!”
  •  “This is a great program that more people should be aware of and should take advantage of!”

See a video about Katelyn's impressions of Palacky! 

University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland

Stirling, set in the stunning countryside of central Scotland, has a four-week summer program offering comparative courses in nursing, criminal justice, business, sports management, and English.  Each course includes at least one field trip, and day trips to places like St. Andrews and Edinburgh are also offered.   Through Mount Mercy’s agreement with Stirling, students receive a substantial discount on the summer program.  Stirling also offers a semester program, with a variety of classes to interest students in many majors.

See a video on the International Summer School at Stirling.