study abroad

Planning, Policies and Procedures

Samye MonastaryIt is best to begin the study abroad planning and application process at least two semesters before going abroad. One semester is for researching study abroad options; the second is for preparing and submitting the required application materials.

Do Your Research

  1. Review the list of Approved Study Abroad Programs.
  2. Speak with program representatives when they host information tables in Alliot.
  3. Attend presentations by study abroad returnees.
  4. Go to the Study Abroad Fair in February and ask program representatives questions about countries, courses and program offerings.

Meet with your academic advisor

  1. Review your course history, plan for graduation, and understand possible constraints.
  2. Review your transcript for GPA, course requirements (major/minor/LSC), and sequencing of courses.
  3. Confirm courses you need to take in order to graduate. Speak with your advisor about classes you may be required to take on campus (and not abroad).
  4. Choose the best semester or time to study off-campus
  5. Confirm that your department supports your plan for study abroad

Be aware of SMC Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements

  1. Only students in good academic and social standing are eligible to study abroad.
  2. Students must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for semester programs. Some program providers may require a higher GPA for certain programs or destinations. GPA requirements vary for summer and short-term programs.
  3. Consideration of a student's disciplinary record is part of the Study Abroad application review process. Students may not participate in study abroad while on disciplinary probation.

Make your decision based on academic and personal goals

Complete and submit two applications:

  1. Apply for approval to study abroad through Saint Michael's College:
    Download the Study Abroad Application Forms or pick up a packet from the Study Abroad Office. Submit completed application materials to the Study Abroad Office for approval to study abroad. Application deadline dates are strictly adhered to and late applications are not considered.
  2. After receiving approval to study abroad by SMC, apply for acceptance to a university or a program:
    Application materials are sent (by the student) directly to a program provider. Most program applications are available on-line and submitted electronically.

Attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting organized by the Study Abroad Office

Application Forms

Saint Michael's College Study Abroad application materials for semester length programs.

Application Instructions
Application Forms (includes all of the forms listed below)
    Study Abroad Courses
    Plan for Graduation
    Personal Statement
    International Study Agreement
    Transcript Request

Saint Michael's College Study Abroad application materials for summer and winter programs.

Non-Semester Application Checklist 
Study Abroad Courses 
Department Recommendation Form 
Liability Release Form 
Transcript Request

Scholarship and Grant Information

There are a limited number of special scholarships available to support students who plan to study abroad. Most scholarships are competitive and application deadline dates are strictly followed.

Saint Michael's Scholarships

Program Provider Scholarships

Many study abroad program providers offer scholarships to qualified applicants participating in their programs. Refer to the providers’ websites for information on eligibility requirements, required application materials, and deadline dates. Scholarships are competitive and applicants must submit completed application materials by the stated deadline date.

Scholarship and Grant Information

Crowd-Source Funding

Travel and Cultural Information for Studying Abroad

Visit these sites to learn more about travelling abroad and your specific study abroad destination. 

Cross-Cultural information:

Travel Information:

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries

Maps and Geography:

Embassy, Visa and Entry Requirements:

World News

Welcome to our World News section! Here we provide links to news sources from around the globe! It is important to note that Saint Michael's College does not agree with or condone the views presented in the news agencies listed below. We provide these links for information purposes only.

World News

Regional News



  • ASEAN-US - Headline news from Southeast Asia
  • BBC - Asia - News from the mainland and the Indian Subcontinent
  • Asia Daily - Carrying news from all parts of the continent
  • MSNBC - Asia/Pacific - News from the mainland and the Pacific Rim
  • Central Asian News - Weekly news from Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan
  • Asia Times Online - Online publication that reports and examines geopolitical, political, economic and business issues from an Asian perspective
  • Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies - News consortium from Europe, Asia and Africa, with links to various countries.
  • EurasiaNet - News information and analysis about political, economic and social developments in Central Asia and the Caucasus




Middle East:

South and Central America:

News by Country



  • CANOE - news sports and entertainment
  • CBC - the Canadian multimedia giant
  • - national and world news
  • The Globe and Mail - The Globe and Mail provide Canadian and world news, sports and entertainment
  • Montreal Gazette - English newspaper
  • La Presse - online version of the newspaper (in French)
  • CANOE - news sports and entertainment (in French)


Czech Republic:

  • Czech Happenings -  daily news updates from the Czech News Agency
  • Prague Post - English daily paper
  • Czech Site - news for visitors to the Czech Republic
  • Ceske Noviny - Ceske Noviny provides daily news updates from the Czech News Agency (in Czech)
  • Volny - online news (in Czech)


  • The Journal - Daily paper from Northern England
  • Cavendish Press - Daily paper from Manchester
  • icLiverpool - Featuring news from the daily Liverpool Echo
  • BBC - The famous British news organization.  For a British perspective, select Yes if asked if you live in the UK.
  • This is Oxfodrshire - The Oxford area's daily paper.
  • London Daily - A Daily online newspaper covering the London area.
  • The London Gazette - The official newspaper of record in England.


  • Living France - A Guide to the French lifestyle
  • Le Monde - Online edition of the paper (in French)
  • France 2 - Online news about France and the World (in French)
  • Paris Match - Paris Match is the online version of the famous magazine (provided in French)





*May require special language pack download in order to view the Japanese characters correctly.

New Zealand:



Frequently Asked Questions

What is study abroad (or study away)?

Undergraduate students can study in another country (or countries) for an academic year, a semester, during academic breaks (summer or winter) or with faculty on short-term programs. Students may also choose to study off-campus through the Washington Semester Program in Washington DC or the SEA Education program in Woods Hole, MA. Students generally study abroad (or away) on pre-approved programs organized by US-based organizations. These organizations arrange for classes, housing, meals, advising, and support services while the student is overseas. Students can take courses at colleges or universities, or participate in programs that offer credit-bearing experiential based learning opportunites.

How do I qualify to study abroad?

For semester or year-long programs applicants must have a 3.0 or greater cumulative GPA. Certain programs require a higher GPA for admission. Students generally study abroad during their junior year, but seniors can also apply for consideration. GPA requirements for summer and short-term programs have individualized requirements. Students are encouraged to submit completed applications well before the published application deadline dates.

When do I begin planning and applying to study abroad?

Students interested in studying abroad should begin the planning process as early as possible – freshman year is a good time to start. An annual study abroad fair is held in early February and offers an opportunity for freshmen to begin their search for programs that best meet their academic and personal needs. Academic planning and program research can be a complicated and time-consuming process, so students should allow ample time to speak with their academic advisors, meet with the study abroad director, and complete application materials. Fall semester applications are due in early February. Spring semester applications are due in early April.

Where can I go?

SMC students can participate in pre-approved programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Western & Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. There are also exciting programs based in the US.

What types of programs are there?

There are several types of study abroad options to choose from:

  • English-speaking universities. Choose from a wide selection of courses in different academic departments.
  • Universities in non-English speaking countries. Study the language of the host country (at any level of proficiency) and take content courses either in the target language or in English.
  • Internship Programs. Take courses and participate in a credit-bearing internship.
  • Experiential, field-based programs. Learn about a culture and learn a language while conducting an independent research project. Field-based programs offer a wide range of themes, including public health, gender studies, environmental and sustainability issues, peace and conflict, social justice, and globalization. Community-engaged learning programs are also available for students interested in participating in a service project while abroad.

How many credits do I earn?

Students earn 12-18 credits during a semester abroad. Credits earned for short-term programs vary with length and content of the program. All courses must be pre-approved for transfer credit towards a student’s graduation requirements. Credits earned for courses with grade C- or above will transfer back to SMC. Study abroad grades are not calculated into a student’s SMC cumulative GPA.

How do I pay for study abroad?

Students studying abroad during the Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 semester will be charged the Saint Michael’s College fee of $23,523. This fee will be posted to the student’s account and payment will be due two weeks prior to the start of the semester or based on the student’s payment plan. Students are responsible for any charges above $23,523 should the program provider’s tuition exceed this amount. 

Students will not be charged SMC room and board, but will be responsible for payment of all charges associated with their study abroad program’s room and board. The program’s room charge, and in some cases board fees (including mandatory meal plans) will be posted to the student’s SMC student account after charges have been confirmed with the program provider. Payment will be due as stated above. Note: In a few programs, room and board charges are finalized after student arrival in-country. In these cases, additional study abroad charges may be added after the initial SMC invoices have been mailed to students.

How can I get more information?

Students should make an appointment to meet with the Director of Study Abroad for academic and program advice prior to completing the SMC study abroad application.

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