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. Does studying abroad fulfill ELAW?
Yes! If you do a semester abroad, a year abroad, or a Study Tour, then your ELAW requirement is automatically fulfilled. If you do a short-term non-SMCM program, be sure to connect with Christine Wooley to make sure that your program fits the ELAW requirement.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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!
9. 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.
10. 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!