In a world where borders are shrinking and your profession can take you to all points north, south, east or west — by plane or by phone — study abroad becomes a vital part of a holistic education. Along with professional preparation and the development of marketable skills, international study increases our self-confidence, global awareness and understanding of our place in the world. In addition, we can learn new languages, make lifelong friends and try things we've never tried before — all while having the time of our life!

Where will you go?

Saint Martin's has study abroad programs in hundreds of locations around the world. Pick from universities located in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, England, France, India, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Spain, Wales, and more!

What you need to know:

  • The cost of a semester abroad can be approximately the same as a semester at Saint Martin's and financial aid may transfer depending on the program.
  • You do not need to speak a foreign language to study abroad.
  • You can earn credit toward your major, minor, or elective requirements.
  • You can study abroad for a semester, year, or choose from one of our exciting short-term or summer programs.
  • The minimum GPA for study abroad programs is 2.7, although some programs require higher. Additionally, you must be in good standing with the University, and have completed at least 12 collegiate credits.

Note: This information is only applicable for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. Updated information will be posted soon for the 2018-2019 Academic Year


Students playing with paints in India

Yearlong and semester

Spend an academic year, semester or summer break abroad through one of our approved study abroad programs. Regardless of the country, you are able to take English classes in the majority of the programs that are offered. Our unique sister universities, distinctive cooperative agreements and signature degree programs provide a wide range of options.

Learn more about yearlong and semester programs »

Students with Professor David Price in Russia

Signature short-term

Each year Saint Martin’s faculty and staff lead groups of excited and interested students around the globe for an international learning experience. Students are able to better appreciate the subject matter by experiencing it first-hand and professors and staff make the subject matter more meaningful.

Learn more about signature short-term programs »

How to apply

Study abroad begins with an application. Specific deadlines, requirements and procedures often vary depending on the program.

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Basic requirements

  • The minimum GPA is 2.7, although some programs require higher.
  • Students must be in good standing with the University. They should not currently be on behavioral probation, nor have been on probation the preceding semester.
  • Students must have completed at least 12 collegiate credits (transfer credits accepted).
Program timeframeApplication due date
Fall semester abroadMarch 16
Spring semester abroadOctober 10
Short-term programsProgram dependent (~ November 17
Summer abroadMarch 16
  • Steps for study abroad
    1. Plan. The sooner you start planning the better. This will give you time to talk with your advisor and think about the classes you will need to take while abroad, apply for scholarships, and let your family know you are going! Staff in the Office of Study Abroad are happy to help you with the process.
    2. Apply for a study abroad program. You will need to apply directly to the program and also submit the Saint Martin's paperwork. Your opportunities include:
      1. Signature short-term programs: These programs last from a few weeks to a summer break
      2. Yearlong or semester programs: These programs last a semester or academic year
    3. Discover the experience of study abroad. Once everything is in place you can hop a plane and attend the university you have selected. You will go to class, make new friends, and learn more than you thought imaginable. Should you need a helping hand along the way, all of our programs have friendly staff waiting to help you in the country you choose.
    4. Return and share. After your time abroad, your credits will transfer back to your Saint Martin's transcript. You may also have a newfound perspective in classes, insight to share with those around you, an amazing addition to your resume and some great stories to share!

For our parents

Parents and family members play a significant role in supporting students throughout the overseas study experience, and it is important you have a clear idea of what is involved. We hope that the following information will answer most of your questions. If you have any questions after reading this, please first ask your student and then feel free to contact us with additional concerns.

Students with faculty and staff in Japan

Studying overseas is an endeavor that takes a high level of initiative and responsibility on the part of the student to make it successful. The staff in the study abroad office work primarily with the student, as research shows that the more involved a student is with their own planning process, the more successful the study abroad experience will be. We believe that by taking responsibility for planning the overseas study experience, students can learn and practice skills that prepare them for future travels.

  • Parent Q and A

    How does study abroad benefit my student?
    Now more than ever, it is important that students learn to be responsible global citizens. Studying abroad enhances academic learning by providing a different perspective to view a student's chosen degree and coursework. This will help your student become more successful in academics and their future career. Employers and graduate schools agree that candidates who have international experience are more likely to succeed after graduation. Whether students want to improve their language skills, build lifelong friendships, experience new cultures, or see a different part of the world, study abroad will open many doors to their future. Students returning from study abroad programs say that they benefit most from the personal growth and self-confidence that international travel fosters.

    Is study abroad expensive?
    No! Study abroad costs about the same as a semester of tuition, fees and room and board at Saint Martin's. Most students remain eligible for financial aid and there are also many scholarships available to students studying abroad.

    Will my student fall behind academically?
    No! As part of the application process, we require that students speak to their advisors about study abroad and their academic goals. Students are required to take a full course load while they are abroad, and the credits from an approved partnership will transfer back to Saint Martin's either as elective credit, or credit toward the student's major or minor.

    Is study abroad safe?
    Yes! Although it may be a little scary sending your student out into the world, we work hard to make sure our students are in a safe situation at all times. We closely monitor our study abroad locations and will cancel a program or return students if a region is found to be unsafe. Flights, housing, and insurance are arranged well in advance of students intended departure dates. For semester and summer programs, a local orientation is provided onsite when students arrive in their host countries.

Our partners

Partner organization logos

We are proud to partner with the following organizations in student international travel.

United Nations Academic Impact »
Forum on Education Abroad »
Fulbright U.S. Student Program »
Generation Study Abroad »

Learn. Travel. Discover.

Photo taken by Jase Kugiya of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam

To travel is to begin to know

"I would like to challenge students to step out of their comfort zones and travel."

Social Work, Class of 2018