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First-Year Student Guide

Welcome to St. Thomas!

The Office of Study Abroad is truly glad you’re here. We have compiled some resources specifically for you. Take a look, and we will see you soon!

Studying abroad is a unique experience, and our programs are designed to help you grow academically, personally, and professionally. In fact, St. Thomas alums consistently rank study abroad as their most impactful college experience!

As a first-year student you can study abroad as soon as this January Term (J-Term). Once you’ve reached sophomore standing you can participate in semester, academic year, and summer programs. Regardless of the major you’ve chosen or are considering, there is a program (yes, for EVERY major) that will keep you on track to graduate.

Below is a snapshot of possibilities, along with digital stories from past study abroad students.

J-Term and Summer Programs

J-Term programs are typically around 2-3 weeks and consist of an immersive study of one course. Summer programs range in duration from 3-9 weeks and can include 1-3 courses, as well as internship and research opportunities. Some programs are led by St. Thomas faculty and attended by St. Thomas students, others are through our affiliate organizations and attended by students from throughout the U.S. These programs typically change from year to year and are announced about a year in advance.

Semester and Year-Long Programs

Studying abroad for a semester or academic year is an opportunity to truly immerse yourself in a new culture and begin to understand it on a deeper level. You will take a full course load, and you might also be able to volunteer, conduct research, or complete an internship. St. Thomas offers semester programs led by St. Thomas faculty for cohorts of St. Thomas students, as well as programs through our partner organizations taught by local faculty and attended by St. Thomas, U.S., international, and local students. With such diversity of programs, there IS an option that will fit YOUR academic schedule.

Our Peer Advisors are ready to help you find a program that fits your academic and personal goals.

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Student Spotlight

Nick spent a J-Term in Uganda studying global health.

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