Welcome, First-Year Students!

Welcome to St. Thomas!

The Office of Study Abroad is truly glad you’re here. We have compiled some resources specifically for you, the class of 2026. Take a look, and we will see you soon! 

Studying abroad is a truly 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 – and maybe you already have!  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 two digital stories from past study abroad students. 

J-Term 2023 Programs  
Each of these programs fulfills a core requirement that all students must take in order to graduate. 

Theology 100 in Rome 
Fulfills: 1st Theology core requirement 
Explore the contents of the Bible and Christian history in the Catholic tradition. Understand the human experience as interpreted by major areas of Christian theology including revelation, God, creation, Jesus and the Church. Learn Rome’s role in Christian history and experience the cultural expressions of Christianity found throughout the city. 

To Apply: This program is reserved for first-year students only. Applications will open on July 6, 2022. We encourage you to apply by the priority deadline of Friday, Sept. 9, 2022; limited spaces are available. Applications will be accepted after Sept. 9 on a space-available basis until the final application deadline of Oct. 1, 2022. 

Learn more about this program at a Zoom info session on Tuesday, July 26, 5-6 p.m. OR Tuesday, August 9, 12-1 p.m. You can access these meetings through our Event Calendar.

Brilliant! Introduction to Art History in London

Fulfills: Fine Arts core requirement, Writing Across the Curriculum

Study art history through museum visits, archeological tours, meetings with contemporary artists, lectures, and discussions in London, a city rich in architectural history and art collections. Your studies will allow you to examine structures of power and their impact on the creation and consumption of works of art, all while experiencing London as a diverse, multicultural city.

Intro to Environmental Science: Belize Field Experience

Fulfills: ESCI 132 fulfills the core natural science requirement, Environmental Science major and minor, Sustainability minor, and FYE Environmental Sustainability TBLC requirement

Students will study human-environment interactions in coastal Belize, conducting a research project on coral reef ecosystems and visiting a pre-Columbian Mayan archaeological site. The course includes an online component prior to the seven-day trip to Belize.

St. Thomas in Cairo

Through St. Thomas in Cairo, you have the unique opportunity to enroll directly at the American University of Cairo (AUC) and choose from a variety of classes to complete during winter term. Students will participate in engaging coursework guaranteed for St. Thomas credit alongside Egyptian classmates. All AUC courses are conducted in English. A full list of AUC courses approved for St. Thomas core credit can be found on the study abroad website.

Students will live on the AUC campus in residence halls and have access to the university's co-curricular activities and amenities. A St. Thomas staff member will be present during the program to provide on-site support. Beyond the AUC campus, program excursions to the Pyramids of Giza and other sites around Cairo will give students insight into Egypt's rich culture and history.

Spanish 211 in Seville, Spain 

Prerequisites: SPAN 112 or SPAN 122 or their equivalent with a grade of C- or better, or placement at the SPAN211 level 

Fulfills: SPAN211, core requirement in Language and Culture, Global Perspectives flag 

Study in the beautiful city of Seville in southern Spain! This course will immerse students in the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain through a home-stay experience, intensive language instruction, cultural instruction, and excursions within Seville and throughout the region of Andalusia (Granada, Córdoba, Ronda).  


Fall 2023 Programs

Rome Empower  
Designed for first-semester sophomores, the Rome Empower Program offers a unique St Thomas community along with courses fulfilling core requirements, helping you stay on track for graduation.  

  • Choose up to four courses from a list of classes fulfilling core requirementsYou will also take a 2-credit Italian language course. 
  • Live with your fellow student cohort members in the St Thomas Bernardi Residence along with St. Thomas faculty directors and the on-site resident director. 

If you would like to apply for this program, attend an information session during the fall 2022 semester, and submit your application by the priority application deadline of December 15, 2022.  


Learn more about other available courses by attending a First Step Session or reaching out to us at!

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. Click the Programs tab above to begin exploring.

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. 

Advisors in the Office of Study Abroad are ready to help you find a program that fits your academic and personal goals.   

Financial aid can be applied to semester study abroad programs, which makes the cost of a semester abroad comparable to being on-campus. Additional scholarships are available for semester programs, as well as summer and January Term programs. There are some scholarships specifically for first-year students!

St.Thomas strives to holistically support all students as they study abroad.While certainly not comprehensive, our Diversity & Identity page offers some resources and considerations around identity and the study abroad experienceKnow that the Office of Study Abroad and Student Diversity & Inclusion Services are always available as resources.

We look forward to talking with you this fall! If you want to jump in right away, take a look at our online First Step Session video, and How to Choose a Program guide.

Passport processing times are currently estimated to take 8 to 11 weeks. This is longer than normal, so if you need to obtain or renew your passport we strongly encourage you to apply immediately! Do NOT wait until the fall semester. Go to to begin an application for a first-time passport or a renewal. You may choose to expedite your passport application for an additional fee. The processing time for an expedited passport is currently estimated at 5 to 7 weeks.

Note: International travel requirements stipulate passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of return to the U.S. If your passport expires before then, you will need to renew it. If you have a passport and it is valid for six months past your date of return to the U.S. you may disregard this information.


Nick's Story

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

Nikki's Story

Nikki, a Biology major, spent a semester in Turks and Caicos studying marine biology.