Study abroad now offers new destinations for would-be world travelers
September 28, 2016

LACEY, Wash. – Saint Martin’s University is adding several new study abroad opportunities, further expanding the choices where the University’s students can study in other countries while learning about their cultures, says the University’s Study Abroad Director Brenda Burns.

By 2020, Saint Martin’s wants at least 25 percent of each graduating class to study abroad, thus doubling current numbers, Burns said. Study-abroad agreements with partner universities help make this goal possible by making the process seamless and affordable to students.

The new agreements between Saint Martin’s and institutions in other countries enable students to spend a semester studying in:

  • India’s Madras Christian College in Chennai, O.P. Jindal University, near Delhi, or NMIMS in Mumbai.
  • South Africa’s Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth.
  • Greece’s American College of Thessaloniki in Thessaloniki.
  • England’s Wroxton College in Banbury, Oxfordshire.
  • Scotland’s University of Glasgow in Glasgow.

The University is completing agreements with several other colleges and universities around the globe. The new partnerships will enable students to match study-abroad options with their academic interests and faculty members to set up short- and long-term cohort programs and exchanges. The University is encouraging faculty members to take students in small groups to partner universities; students could enroll in the partner university while also taking classes with their accompanying faculty member(s).

“Study abroad is a platform for a liberal arts education that helps students develop reason and to graduate as thoughtful, educated, independent thinkers, capable of making positive changes in the world,” Burns said. “In order to truly comprehend this world, students must understand the patterns and rhythms of their own daily life and the cultural fabric in which they live in comparison to others and the worlds in which they may exist. Studying for a semester abroad interrupts their daily patterns and creates a context for the student to explore life through a new lens. It is almost always a transformative experience for students,” she added.

Besides being important to a liberal arts education, Burns said employers are increasingly seeking employees with cross-cultural competency and experience.

“It’s more and more important in our modern world,” she said.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at

For additional information:

Brenda Burns
Study Abroad Director

Deanna Partlow
Interim Media Relations Manager
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