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Experience the world

Discover your connection to the global community. As part of our Marianist tradition of equity, we aim to make study abroad accessible, so all students can experience life abroad. Study, intern and serve while experiencing life in another country.

Study abroad benefits

It's more affordable than you think

A student plays guitar with three children while studying abroadOur study abroad program prices are lower than most institutions’, and a student’s normal scholarship package often travels with the student. Many resources are available to students on summer- or semester-long programs.

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Browse study abroad programs

Big Ben showing through a student's hands held together in the shape of a heartYou can travel to over 20 countries while you’re a St. Mary’s student. Start here and we’ll help you choose from a variety of countries, decide how long you want to stay, and consider all the options before you narrow down your list.

Study abroad programs

Information for parents

Professor showing world map to a studentWe know you want to keep your student safe. That’s why each student attends an orientation session and obtains a health clearance. Discover more of the resources available to families of students studying abroad.

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Top benefits of study abroad

Experiential learning

Students are introduced to new experiences, meet new people and access materials that aren’t available on campus. On a program led by business faculty, students visit corporations, meet with industry leaders and engage in design projects. A fine arts class may be primarily conducted in museums, archives or backstage at a national theater.

Learn a new way of life

Traveling as a student comes with different expectations than tourism. Students become immersed in their surroundings, learn new languages, the local history and politics of a region and its people’s values, beliefs and cultures. Exposure to all these areas means students develop intercultural competency: the ability to communicate with people of other cultures.

Career prospects

Numerous studies demonstrate that study abroad participants have higher graduation rates and better placement into graduate school and the job market. Students interning with an overseas organization distinguish themselves; just 1% of the U.S. university population has this experience at the time of graduation.

Lessons learned

Returning students demonstrate an increased ability to articulate their experiences. They learn what it takes to show empathy and compassion for others. Students learn to work independently and gain resilience through the process of cultural adaptation. Our students learn what it means to be a global citizen and a global leader.

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