1. Is there a program that fits my major?
Yes! No matter what major you are studying, there is an SMCM study abroad program for you. SMCM study abroad programs correspond with every major St. Mary’s offers, so you’ll be sure to find a match! Click here for a list of majors and corresponding programs.
2. Can I study abroad and still graduate on time?
Yes! Classes you take abroad fulfill major, minor, CORE, and graduation requirements, so you can study abroad and still graduate on time. Be sure to work with your academic advisor to make sure that you’re staying on track! And we’ve even had students who have studied abroad three times during their time at St. Mary’s and have graduated on time-with good and early planning, anything is possible!
3. How much does it cost?
The cost of your SMCM study abroad program depends on the program. Every program page features an estimated budget sheet which breaks down the numbers, so be sure to check that out!
4. Does my aid apply and are there scholarships available?
If you do an SMCM program, then all financial aid, federal aid, and any scholarships and grants you already receive for going to St. Mary’s apply to the cost of the program. If you do a non-SMCM program, then your federal aid applies. And there are scholarships available! If you do an SMCM program, then you are eligible for an SMCM study abroad scholarship, and if you do an SMCM or a non-SMCM program there are a wide variety of scholarships you could apply to. Our website features a list of scholarships to help you start your search so be sure to check that out!
5. When can I study abroad?
You can study abroad sophomore, junior, or senior year. Please keep in mind that if you study abroad during your senior year, you will most likely need to appeal the credit-hour policy through the Academic Policy Committee. For more information on the appeal process you can check out the “Policies” page on our website, and you can also chat with your Study Abroad Advisor and the Registrar’s Office.
6. What are the eligibility requirements for studying abroad?
In order to study abroad you must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or above, have at least sophomore standing, and be in good behavioral and academic standing. If your GPA is below a 2.5, you can appeal through the Academic Policy Committee. For more information on the appeal process you can check out the “Policies” page on our website, and you can also chat with your Study Abroad Advisor and the Registrar’s Office. Participation in SMCM Study Tours now have a lower GPA requirement: at least a 2.0 GPA.
7. How do I find courses?
Every program page contains a link to the course database or course directory of the institution abroad-be sure to click that link to see what classes will be offered abroad!
8. How do courses transfer?
Courses transfer through the course pre-approval process, which is facilitated by the Registrar’s Office. If you do a language program, your credits will transfer retroactively. For an idea of how courses can transfer, you can consult the SMCM course database found on every program page. For more information on the course transfer process you can check out the “Transfer Credit” page on our website and chat with the Registrar’s Office.
9. How do I apply?
When you’re ready to apply, sign in to or create your Via TRM account! From your profile, go to “Programs” at the top of the page, and then find your program!
10. What do I do about on-campus housing?
If you will be studying abroad for Fall semester, the Office of Residence Life (ORL) does recommend that you select housing with a housing group in the housing selection process. This will give you a space to which you’ll return from your study abroad experience – and will also allow you to have a back-up plan if you decide not to go abroad. (If you decide not to go, please consult all withdrawal deadlines and financial repercussions with your program directly.)
How do I finalize my contract release for Fall or Spring semester? The ORL will send out a Contract Release Application to all students registered for housing in April/May. The initial contract release date (to be released without a cancellation fee) will be at the beginning of May. However, if you are unsure of your study abroad commitment, you can complete the form at a later date. The ORL will not impose late cancellation fees on study abroad participants, unless they request the release after the move-in period for the semester.
When will my housing bills be updated? The ORL will not remove your housing bill for the upcoming semester until you have completed the Housing Contract Release form. (This is different than the Check Off Form that the OIE will request.)
I don’t have a group with which I want to live for Spring, can I come back and get a single room? If single rooms are available when you return for the spring semester, the ORL will work with you to find a placement. However, there is no guarantee that a single room will be held during the fall semester.