St. Thomas Programs

St. Thomas programs are designed and led by St Thomas faculty and attended by St Thomas students.

All St. Thomas programs carry four credits, unless otherwise noted.


Our Commitment to You 
The Office of Study Abroad and the University of St. Thomas continues to carefully monitor guidance related to COVID and local conditions at all program sites. We are carefully evaluating when to operate programs and how to ensure the safety of students, faculty, staff, and local communities. Review the University’s full statement on study abroad and COVID-19 on the Office of Study Abroad homepage 

While the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed, we anticipate travel may continue to look a bit different for some time. We’ve developed the following parameters for StThomas faculty-led J-Term 2022 programs, and we will continue to evaluate both these and any new needed parameters as departure dates approach.  

For J-Term 2022 St. Thomas Faculty-led Programs: 

  • the University’s Travel and Risk Assessment Committee (TRAC) will continue meeting regularly to review all university-related travel. This includes the COVID situation at destinations, and local, national, and international guidelines and requirements. 
    • If the environment around COVID-19 requires a re-evaluation of program viability, this decision will be made mid-September. 
    • If the University cancels a program due to COVID-19, you will not be held financially responsible for program costs. This does not apply for UMAIE-sponsored programs. 
  • we are conducting careful, ongoing review of program itineraries to make the safest decisions possible regarding activities, spaces used, and transportation and accommodation arrangements. 
  • students will not be permitted to travel independently before or after programs. For 2022 we are requiring the whole group to travel on the same flight itinerary in order to ensure the group remains together and all students are present for the full course itinerary.  
  • students must always adhere to St. Thomas policies. Do your parto help keep your group safe! 


Questions? Let us know. 
Office of Study Abroad  
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The priority application period is from April 1 to April 10 for all St. Thomas programs. In order to meet the priority application deadline, students must complete their application by 11:59pm, April 10. Applications are accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis, rolling admissions basis. Note that many programs fill during the priority application period.

Students applying to a St. Thomas program do not need to attend an advising meeting. All program information and the application are accessible online. 

  • Select the ‘Search all Programs’ button to find the program in which you would like to participate, and begin an application. 
  • Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed for eligibility requirements and forwarded to the Program Directors for review. 
  • The Office of Study Abroad will send notification of the application decision once made by the Program Directors. 


Qualified applicants (see ) will be selected on the basis of: 

  • Academic preparation and strength; 
  • Sense of maturity, responsibility, and citizenship; 
  • Identification of carefully-defined academic and personal goals and objectives for studying off-campus on a proposed program and at its proposed location; 
  • Ability to describe how the off-campus experience will apply to the student's academic and personal goals, and; 
  • Knowledge of the host country and culture of the course. Applicants should be prepared to address some basic factual information from both historical and current perspectives. 

There may be additional criteria used by the Program Directors. Check the full-page course descriptions or check with them.

Explanation of Fees 


January tuition for four credits will be billed unless otherwise stated.

Program Fee 

The program fee for January Term programs includes airfare (for undergraduate programs), accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, and course activities, including excursions, unless otherwise noted on the individual course descriptions.

Off-Campus Study Fee

All students who study off-campus during January Term will be charged the Short-term Off-Campus Study Fee. The fee, along with the program fee, will be reflected on your student account following the university's normal J-Term billing timeline. This fee supports the administration on the University of St. Thomas campus of the program in which you will be participating off-campus. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

St. Thomas Programs January Term Cancellation Policy* 

Through September 15         

Refund of deposit

September 16 to October 1           

No refund of deposit

After October 1                   

You are responsible for the full cost of the course. 100% of program costs will be charged to your student account, the deposit applies as credit. Any recoverable costs will be calculated following the end of program. There is no guarantee of any recoverable costs.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to, by sending an e-mail from your St. Thomas e-mail account. Under no circumstances are cancellations accepted by phone or in person. Until a cancellation e-mail is received from your St. Thomas e-mail account, you are still enrolled in the course and subject to full billing.

No refund is given to students who wish to omit portions of the itinerary. Cancellations due to medical emergencies, government shutdown, or failure to obtain a visa or passport do not guarantee any refund and may involve no refund. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

*There are rare exceptions to this cancellation and refund policy. Refer to the cancellation policy you sign in your application for the most updated policy.