As the world adapts to the coronavirus pandemic, it is especially important for students to continue engaging in responsible global citizenship and leadership, and preparation for meaningful work. These are just a few of the core outcomes found within our Global Programs Portfolio, a robust and varied collection of outcome-driven and intellectually rigorous experiences.
The Global Programs Portal is the gateway to discover all approved programs. Students can create a profile and add programs of interest to their profile.
Students may choose from our new signature semester program in Tuscania, Italy (launching Spring '23), or from a variety of providers and locations on our curated Showcase Programs List. Students may also consider opportunities on our curated Petitioned Programs List, which require a personal essay as part of the application process. We look forward to guiding students through the process of program investigation and selection, application, course approval and pre-departure planning. In addition to semester options, students may embark on short-term programs spanning from 1-8 weeks. These include our faculty-taught Global Seminars, and short-term provider programs in January and summer.
Remote learning provides students a chance to discover and explore language, culture and specific areas of interest when students' variables (such as time, employment, academic demands) do not allow for an in-country experience. Several of our remote learning programs include digitized professional micro-credentials, a perfect way for students to highlight and showcase professional skills acquired through the learning process. Learn more about our Virtual Programs by visiting our Virtual Coursework & Internships page.
Know you want a global experience but not quite sure what kind? The programs are as wide-ranging as the reasons. The Global Programs Portfolio can help guide you in your decision-making.
Things to Think About When Choosing a Global Program
Reflect on your reasons for embarking on a global experience?
- What you are hoping to gain from the experience (e.g. language acquisition, resume building, increased professional skills and career readiness, cultural experience, personal growth, etc.)?
- When do you want to travel? Consider the dates of the semester and the length of the program—for example, semester programs in the southern hemisphere usually run from early February to late June and from mid-July to late November.
Learn about your Country and Culture of Interest
Do you know anything about the people, government, cities, culture, religion? Knowing a little more about locations will help you to make an educated decision.
What type of Program Platform is best for you and with what kinds of attributes?
- In-country and face to face?
- Virtual and flexible?
- What is the right sized institution for you?
- Professional development opportunities such as internships or volunteering?
- Housing—do you want to live in an apartment, a residence hall or a homestay?
- Is having a meal plan important to you or do you fancy cooking up great international meals?
Look Over Global Programs That Are of Interest to You
Connect with the provider and speak with their program managers. These are the people that you will turn to regarding all of your site- and program-specific questions. Ask questions to learn more about your options and decide which one will fit you best!
Learn About What Types of Courses Are Offered
- Do your homework! Finding the right study abroad host institution program requires some research.
- Really investigate what courses each program offers. This may require reviewing the course catalog of the host institution. We can help!
- Visit the provider's website to get the most up-to-date information on course offerings.
Explore Other Options
- If, after reviewing the college's Global Programs Portal, you cannot find a program that's right for you, students may petition to apply to a different program. This involves significantly more individual work and responsibility, but it might make all the difference for you! Petitions are reviewed and approved by the VP of Academic Affairs.
- Meet with the International Programs director prior to completing the Petition.
- Petition using the One-time Approval. To learn about the One-time Approval Policy please review the Policy Document. Both the One-time Approval Policy and Policy Document can be optained by contacting the Office of International Programs.
For semester or year-long study abroad programs, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0 is required, with no existing or pending judicial sanctions. Some programs require a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 3.0.
Students participating in a summer or winter program abroad must meet the minimum GPA requirements of the program they are applying to. Most programs have a minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.5 however some programs have a GPA requirement of 2.0.
When Can Students Study Abroad?
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors. And don't forget, virtual experiences can occur anytime!
Students are permitted to study abroad on short-term Global Seminars at any time during their tenure at Saint Anselm College beginning in their first year.
Students are required to apply online through the Global Programs Portal to start the process. This is the initial step, followed by the provider application process. Students work closely with the International Programs director throughout the application and enrollment process.
After being notified of initial approval, you will then need to apply to your program and follow the application instructions for the specific program provider or host institution. All of this is done through our portal.
Students are responsible for the application fee required by the provider organization or host institution. Please note that acceptance into the Saint Anselm Global Program is not a guarantee that you will be accepted by the study abroad provider or host institution.
Simply clicking the "Apply" button from the SAC application website does not complete the application process. It is your responsibility to make sure you have filled out all required and relevant application and enrollment materials necessary for the program you wish to attend.
- Fall Semester: March 15 (subject to change)
- Spring Semester: October 1 (subject to change)
Home School Tuition Policy & Portability of Saint Anselm College Financial Aid
In order to give all students access to study abroad, Saint Anselm College has a home school tuition model. This tuition and financial aid model makes study abroad more accessible for all students, regardless of financial means, just as it does for all on-campus programming.
The model reflects the college's commitment to "expand opportunities for study abroad in ways that offer growth in global awareness, public service, intercultural competence, and intellectual enrichment," as outlined in the current Strategic Plan - Vision 2015: Looking Within - Reaching Beyond.
Semester-Long Study Abroad Policies
Students of all majors are encouraged to include a study abroad experience in their curriculum. The following are the college's policies governing semester-long study abroad:
- The study abroad program must be approved by the Office of International Programs.
- Students must maintain full-time status by registering as a study abroad student through Saint Anselm College for the semester abroad.
- Students studying abroad are required to receive prior approval from their department chair and the associate registrar for all courses listed on their Course Approval Form.
- Students who have not completed all Saint Anselm application and enrollment procedures prior to studying abroad are not considered to be studying abroad through the Office of International Programs. As such, academic credit cannot be transferred to Saint Anselm for studying abroad during the academic year.
- Saint Anselm students who participate for a semester/year "Showcase" abroad program will pay full-time College tuition plus the $820 Study Abroad Fee. (Students applying to a "Petition" program pay a $1200 Study Abroad Fee.) Students will pay the program provider or host institution for the room and board (if applicable) fees.
- Saint Anselm students wishing to receive institutional financial aid must complete the full financial aid application by March 15th, one month earlier than the regular financial aid deadline. Eligibility for merit and need-based aid will be assessed using the off-campus aiding policy detailed in the consumer information. Thus, institutional aid will be proportional to a student's residential aid for the semester the student studies abroad.
The following is a list of resources intended for use only at Saint Anselm and is not portable for study abroad:
- aid for international students
- resident assistant grants; athletic aid
- debate and year-book scholarships
- any full-tuition remission scholarships from any of the tuition remission programs.
However, tuition remission recipients may apply for need-based aid for study abroad by submitting all required documents on time.
- If you receive financial aid, you should make an appointment with Patricia Brunton in the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your plans to study abroad and the impact of that on your financial aid package.
To utilize your financial aid while abroad you will need to complete the Consortium Agreement for Financial Aid (available from the Office of International Programs). Take this form with you when you meet with Patricia Brunton. She will assist you in completing page two of the form.
Study Abroad Scholarships
The college does not offer scholarships specific to study abroad, however many of the study abroad partners do. Scholarships are also available through several outside funding sources.
Scholarships for study abroad vary from as little as $300 to as much as $10,000. All students who apply for study abroad are given information about scholarships and all are strongly encouraged to apply.
For more information about study abroad scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Resource Page.
Since short-term programs fall outside of the traditional academic year, Saint Anselm College institutional aid or subsidized loans are not available; however, private loans may be used, if you qualify. To learn more about your funding options, make an appointment with Patricia Brunton in the Office of Financial Aid to discuss your plans to study abroad and the impact of that on your financial aid package.