Why study abroad?
Students choose to study abroad for a variety of different reasons, but they almost always come home noting unquestionable benefits to their personal, academic and career goals.
Choose from more than 150 short-term, semester-long and year-long programs offered by St. Kate’s in more than 50 countries and become one of more than 200 St. Kate’s students who study abroad each year.
- Prepare yourself for the global economy
- Enhance your career potential and graduate school opportunities
- Improve your foreign language skills
- Gain insight and appreciation for other cultures
- Learn to treasure a global perspective and form international friendships
- Better understand U.S. culture
- Discover your values, gain independence and experience personal growth
With advance planning, students in nearly any major can participate in an approved study abroad program while making normal progress toward graduation.
The Office of Global Studies coordinates program advising and approval in cooperation with academic departments. To be eligible for study abroad, you must meet the following requirements:
- Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the time of application. Direct enrollment in foreign universities requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Have met appropriate prerequisites which may include language, previous coursework in a specific area, etc.
- Individual courses or programs may have additional requirements or pre-requisites, such as Global Search for Justice classes, which are for students with 60 or more credits.
- Students must be enrolled full-time at the university and have completed 2 semesters at St. Kate’s in order to participate in a semester-long study abroad program.
- Students’ goals for participating in study abroad must be compatible with the goals and objectives of the program selected.
- Transfer students and first year students may participate in short-term programs in their first year at St. Kate’s.
For additional information, view our policies and procedures for studying abroad.
Semester and Year-Long Programs
The deadline for most fall semester and year-long programs is March 1. The deadline for most spring semester programs is October 1. Some programs have earlier deadlines or rolling admission policies; check with the Office of Global Studies.
The deadlines for short-term programs will vary somewhat depending on who is sponsoring the program and when it runs.
Summer courses run through an outside program provider are subject to the March 1 deadline. Summer courses through UMAIE and St. Kate's faculty-led courses (such as GSJ) are subject to the priority deadline, usually around mid-December. After the priority deadline, applications are accepted until the program fills, or until mid-February, whichever comes first.
J-term courses through UMAIE and St. Kate's faculty-led courses (such as GSJ) are subject to the priority deadline, usually in mid-April. After the priority deadline, applications are accepted until the program fills—or until late September/early October—whichever comes first. J-term courses through an affiliate program (HECUA, CC-CS, University of MN) are subject to the October 1 deadline.
Deadlines for graduate programs vary from course to course. Please check the course description for deadline information.