You may have studied abroad yourself as an undergraduate, spent time overseas conducting research or currently teach our students on one of 30 off-campus programs. As a faculty or staff advisor to St. Thomas students, you play a key role in encouraging them to study abroad while they make progress towards their degree.
October 1: Spring Semester programs
Early October: Janauary Term programs
March 15: Summer, Fall and Year-Long Options
Financial Aid awards (grants, loans and scholarships) typically apply to a semester or year-long off- campus program. Students should meet with a Financial Aid Counselor to confirm that awards will be applied to a term abroad. Financial aid is not available specifically for January Term or summer programs.
You may find that students have misperceptions about Study Abroad that may serve as a hindrance. Some of the more common myths are listed below with some matter-of-fact responses.
Grants loans and scholarships typically apply to a semester or year-long program, and tuition, room and board on many study abroad programs is comparable to those same costs on campus. While there will be additional costs such as airfare and personal expenses, there are a wide variety of program options that range in cost. With a little flexibility, students may find a program that costs no more than spending a semester at St. Thomas.
Studying abroad in the summer is a perfect solution. St. Thomas sponsors and co-sponsors many options, ranging from three to ten weeks.
A Study Abroad Advisor will assist students in finding a program that supports making progress towards the degree while abroad. They also work closely with St. Thomas academic departments to obtain pre-approval for courses intended to be taken abroad.
While language study is always encouraged (and supports the Core Language requirement), there are many programs available where English is the primary language, where fluency is not required, and students can take most or all of their courses in English.
St. Thomas strives to offer an off-campus study option to students in all academic areas. With appropriate planning, it is possible for a student study abroad regardless of their major. The Major Advising Sheets below are meant as a tool for students to investigate study abroad and off-campus opportunities. Study Abroad staff have worked closed with these academic departments. Watch for more advising resources in the future:
If a student's major is not listed above encourage them to make an appointment with a peer advisor or a Study Abroad advisor to research programs that could provide courses which fulfill major/minor requirements. Call 651-962-6450 to set up a meeting.