When I imagine women’s colleges, I think they only offer good women’s study programs? Women’s colleges offer a wide range of disciplines in the humanities and the sciences. Many are famous for their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs and might be perfect places for those looking for careers in the so-called male-dominated fields of study. Women’s colleges do their best to provide additional support to such students by arranging early research programs on their campuses, external internships, individual mentoring, summer programs and involving young ladies in many other activities, so they could gain more experience, build certain skills in the field and feel more confident in their endeavors to have a career in the sciences.
I can not imagine going without boys for four years at a women’s college! Women’s colleges are not monasteries! On the contrary, the campus life of students at such places is filled with a lot of things: community service projects, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and recreational events (parties, concerts, etc.) Participation in all these events involves close work and communication with different people. Many women’s colleges also have very strong ties with educational organizations located nearby so their students have the chance to take classes and participate in campus life of co-educational colleges and universities. Some great examples of such places are the Five College Consortium (https://www.fivecolleges.edu) in Massachusetts, the Quaker/Tri-College Consortium in Pennsylvania (http://www.brynmawr.edu/about/bico_trico_penn.shtml) and the Claremont University Consortium in California (http://www.cuc.claremont.edu).
Do women’s colleges offer any financial aid to international students? In general, women’s colleges are generous in terms of financial aid, although the situation varies from school to school. Many schools have very famous and well-to-do alumnae who donate money to their alma maters. Part of those resources serves the goal to diversify the school’s campus and support talented and smart students from other countries. Bryn Mawr College (http://www.brynmawr.edu), Smith (http://www.smith.edu), and Mount Holyoke (https://www.mtholyoke.edu) are just a few names of schools that have given full financial aid to Russian students in the past. Look at the list of colleges offering fellowships to international students and you will find more names (http://www.edupass.org/finaid/undergraduate.phtml) of women’s colleges.