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Program Types

Program Types

St. Thomas-Sponsored

The University of St. Thomas offers four St. Thomas-sponsored, faculty-led semester programs: London Business Semester, Rome CORE Semester, SJV Semester in Rome, and Catholic Studies Semester in Rome. The university also offers a variety of faculty-led programs over January Term and Summer. These programs are designed specifically for the St. Thomas curriculum, and are offered only to current St. Thomas students.


The University of St. Thomas has been a member of the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education (UMAIE) since 1973. The consortium is made up of seven member schools from the Upper Midwest, and collaborates to provide a variety of faculty-led January Term programs. Faculty from any of the consortia schools lead courses, and students from the consortia schools can apply for any UMAIE program, thus increasing the range of January Term program options for St. Thomas students.

Other Approved Programs

To increase the range of program options for semester and summer, the University of St. Thomas has partnered with a number of approved study abroad providers to offer other approved programs. These programs are thoroughly reviewed by the University to ensure academic rigor, excellent on-site support, and high standards for health and safety. Students must apply through the St. Thomas Office of Study Abroad, as well as the other approved program organization, to participate on an other approved program. All on-site logistics, support and academics are managed by the program. Through our other approved programs, students can study in more than 40 different countries on a variety of different program models, and can incorporate research and internships into their experiences abroad.

Other approved programs are programs managed by a St. Thomas approved program organization: AIFS, IES, etc. St. Thomas continues to support students with advising and St. Thomas administrative logistics; the program organization manages all aspect of the program: academics, housing, onsite student support and excursions.

University of St. Thomas Other Approved Program Organizations
Students may apply for any program offered by an approved program organization. Visit their websites for additional information.
AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study
Arcadia: College of Global Studies
Augsburg: Center for Global Education & Experience
CC-CS: Spanish Studies Abroad
Central: Central College Abroad
CIEE: Council on International Education Exchange
IES: Institute for the International Education of Students
IFSA: Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University
IAU: Institute for American Universities
SIT: School for International Training
SFS: School for Field Studies
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
University of Minnesota

Direct Enroll/Exchange

The University of St. Thomas has agreements with a number of foreign institutions for our students to enroll directly as international students for a semester or academic year.   

Non-Approved Programs

Students occasionally wish to participate on a study abroad program that is not approved by the University of St. Thomas, including programs through approved program organizations or universities with which we don’t have an agreement. 

Students are not able to request approval to participate on non-approved programs. The University of St. Thomas has thoroughly reviewed our program partners, and they have proven to offer an exceptional strong range of options, and hold high standards for academics, on-site support, cultural engagement and risk management. The Office of Study Abroad only approves applications for these approved program organizations.

If a student chooses to study abroad without the approval of St. Thomas, he/she will need to withdraw from the University of St. Thomas for the term(s) off-campus, and financial aid will not be available for that term(s). As the student would not be a St. Thomas student during his/her time abroad, the University of St. Thomas will not be able to assist with any issues or emergencies during the pre-departure, overseas or returnee phases of the experience.

Questions about withdrawing should be directed to Financial Aid and Academic Counseling. Questions regarding this policy should be directed to the Office of Study Abroad.