International & Off-Campus Programs

Study Abroad Programs (SABD)
Spencer (Office of Study Abroad)

The University of St. Thomas encourages students to incorporate intercultural experiences into their degree plans. Study Abroad staff guide students of all majors through the process of choosing and applying for a program that will advance their academic and personal goals. Visit the Study Abroad web site for current program options, application deadlines, scholarships and health and safety information:

Financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships applies to the cost of study abroad programs. Students should discuss their eligibility with a Study Abroad Advisor and their Financial Aid counselor in the Office of Student Financial Services.

Semester, Year-Long and Short-term Programs

Semester, Year-Long and Short-term Programs

Students may choose from more than 130 programs in over 40 countries around the world through St Thomas sponsored programs, co-sponsored programs or direct enrollment in a university abroad. St Thomas sponsored programs are led by St Thomas faculty and attended by St Thomas students. Co-Sponsored programs are organized by a St Thomas approved program provider.

Rome CORE Semester

All majors may study in Rome during this fall program and take core curriculum courses including Fine Arts, Social Analysis, Literature and Writing, Historical Studies, Moral and Philosophical Reasoning and Faith and Catholic Tradition. Students live at the St Thomas Bernardi Residence. Priority deadline is January 15th.

London Business Semester

Business majors and minors study abroad during this annual fall semester program in London. Students take regular St. Thomas business and liberal arts courses, as well as complete the Business 200 Community Service requirement. Priority deadline is the first Friday of December; final deadline, if spaces remain, is February 15.

Catholic Studies in Rome

Catholic Studies majors and minors may study Catholic social thought, theology, and social justice, as well as introductory Italian language. Program takes place each spring; students live at the St Thomas Bernardi Residence. Priority deadline is January 15th.

Co-Sponsored Programs and Exchanges

Semester and Year-Long opportunities are also available through co-sponsored program providers and a number of universities with which St. Thomas partners. Check with the Office of Study Abroad for exchange opportunities.

January and Summer Programs

The University of St. Thomas offers a number of two- to six-week, faculty-directed programs during January and summer terms. January Term programs are offered by the University of St. Thomas, co-sponsored programs and UMAIE, a seven-member consortium of schools in the Midwest.

St Thomas sponsored January Term courses are announced in February; summer courses are announced in September. Topics and locations vary each year.

Participation Requirements for Study Abroad

Academics and Conduct
Students may not apply for, maintain an approved application, nor participate in a study abroad or off-campus program while on academic or conduct probation. Semester and academic year programs require at least a 2.5 GPA, while short-term programs require a 2.0 GPA.

Language Requirement
The overseas study program must include study of the native language in non-English-speaking countries.

Students must submit study abroad applications by October 1 for January Term and spring semester participation, and by March 15 for summer, fall semester or year-long programs. See deadlines above for St Thomas semester programs.

Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)

Muse (ENGL), adviser; International Education staff co-adviser

The Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs offers off-campus educational experiences focused on social justice issues. HECUA provides experiential learning opportunities that link academic study with hands-on work for social change. Students earn sixteen credits in the semester-long programs and four credits in January term programs. Open to all majors. See Web site:

SABD 300 Study Abroad (16 credits)

Students participating in the University of St. Thomas overseas study program register for this interdisciplinary listing for the first semester they are abroad. Permission from Office of Study Abroad staff required.

SABD 301 Study Abroad (16 credits)

A continuation of SABD 300. Permission from Office of Study Abroad staff required.