Consider the Opportunities 

Global Study Abroad

Study abroad on a week, month or semester-long program with our study abroad consortium partner, St. John’s University.

Fanjeaux, France

Experience the rewards of a mission driven trip by following in the Footsteps of St. Dominic. You will also register for the 3-credit course, France in the Middle Ages, offered by Dominican University and learn about the history, philosophy, art and literature of the period. 

Sol Naciente, El Salvador

Study the life of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador during El Salvador's brutal civil war. Romero was also known as the "bishop of the poor" for his work defending the Salvadoran people.

Language Immersion Programs

With a flexible program offering languages in thirteen locations, students may choose courses ranging in length (2 to 52 weeks) and intensity.

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Follow these steps to get started

Decide on the type and specific location of the program.

Global Studies – St. John’s University
Mission – Footsteps of St. Dominic in Fanjeaux
Volunteer – El Salvador
Language Immersion – EF International Language Centers

Select length of program and your preferred time of year.

Select the time of year: winter, spring, summer or fall
Select the length: 1 week, 2 weeks, a month, a full semester

Complete all application materials.

Obtain and review the application required for the program of interest. Students must have a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.7 to participate in academic Study Abroad programs.


After the above application materials are fully completed, bring a copy of the Request for Off-Campus Coursework form, along with a printout of the off-campus course descriptions, to your advisor for his or her approval. You will then need the approval of the Division Director.   After obtaining all the necessary signatures, bring the form and course descriptions to Office of the Academic Dean, located in the Casey Hall, to discuss the next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

While each travel program has specific requirements, all students must be in good academic standing. Participation in some programs is highly competitive.  Each year only two students are chosen to participate in the Footsteps of St. Dominic. Four students are chosen to participate in the El Salvador program.

Where can I go?

  • Around the globe – as a participant in a program led by our study abroad consortium partner, St. John’s University
  • Fanjeaux, France – to follow in the Footsteps of St. Dominic
  • Sol Naciente, El Salvador – as a volunteer
  • One of eight countries (China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea or Spain) to study a language through our partnership with EF International Language Centers

What will it cost?

  • Each program will differ, but costs are generally discussed in detail on the specific program application or website.
  • Scholarships covering program costs, excluding airfare, have been available to students participating in the Footsteps of St. Dominic program and the El Salvador program.
  • Your budget should include all additional costs such as those associated with obtaining a passport, visas, airfare, ground travel, etc.
  • Financial aid for the fall and spring semesters can generally be applied to the Global Studies programs at St. John’s University.
  • To determine how much, if any, financial aid may be applied to your study abroad semester, please contact the Financial Aid Office: or (845) 848-7821.
  • Scholarships—
    • The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) offers support for study abroad.  The HACU IES Abroad Scholarship is open to students who are currently attending a HACU-member HSI. Spring calendar year deadline is Nov. 1.
    • You may also apply for outside funding through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship designed to broaden the population of American undergraduate students who might otherwise not participate in study abroad programs due to financial constraints.
    • NAFSA: Association of International Educators lists a number of study abroad scholarships and grants on their website.
    • The National Council of Alpha Lambda Delta, the National Honor Society for First-Year Success, offers 20 James G. Stemler Study Abroad Scholarships annually.  There are ten $1,000 scholarships and ten $2,000 scholarships. Applications for this undergraduate study abroad scholarship are available to chapters via the national website.

    What is a reasonable study abroad timeline?

    It is never too early to begin thinking about an overseas trip. You should begin the process at least one year in advance of your planned departure date.

    What should I be particularly mindful of as I plan to study abroad?

    • Pay special attention to all deadlines, especially application deadlines. Remember that it will also take some time to apply for and receive your passport and any necessary visas.
    • If you are seeking college credit be sure to discuss your plans with your adviser and obtain his or her approval before you submit your application.
    • Prepare a personal budget. Encountering unanticipated expenses while overseas can present significant challenges.

    Will all programs provide me with academic credits I can use to graduate?

    This information is discussed on the individual program websites.

    Is there a Study Abroad contact person at the University?

    Yes, you may contact:

    Kevin Hermberg
    Assistant Academic Dean
    Acadmic Dean’s Office, Casey Hall
    Phone:  845-848-4010