Interested in studying abroad but not sure a semester or year-long program is for you? Short-term programs are offered outside of the academic semester in either January (often called a "J" term), or in the summer after graduation. Some options last a month, others just a week. Several programs offer experiences traveling with fellow Anselmians led by a college faculty member.
Faculty lead short-term study abroad programs over winter break, spring break and during the summer. For additional information about these programs please visit the Global Seminar Page.
Best to Plan Ahead
We recommend planning for a short-term program abroad two semesters prior to planned participation but no less than one semester.
Next steps? Notify your academic advisor and meet with the director of international programs to discuss your options.
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. All students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. If a student falls out of good academic or disciplinary standing at any time prior to going abroad, they will no longer be permitted to study abroad.
When Can Students Study Abroad?
Students are permitted to study abroad on short-term programs at any time during their tenure at Saint Anselm College beginning in their first year.
Students are required to submit an initial online application form and answer a question regarding their goals for their semester abroad. Students are also required to complete a number of Enrollment Forms by the deadline outlined in their acceptance letter.
Enrollment Forms include the following:
- Program Acceptance Letter
- Course Approval Form with course descriptions and department chair signatures
- Passport Copy
- Waiver of Liability & Release
- Communication Authorization Form
- A copy of your Program Acceptance Letter
*These forms are all available on the Study Abroad Application Portal.
After you are notified by the Office of International Programs that you have been "Approved" to study abroad, you will then need to apply to your program and follow the application instructions for the specific program provider or host institution.
Students are responsible for the application fee required by the provider organization or host institution. Please note that acceptance into the Saint Anselm College Study Abroad 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.
- Winter: September 30
- Summer: March 15
Know you want to study abroad but not quite sure where or what kind of program? The destinations to choose from are as wide-ranging as the reasons.
Saint Anselm students have studied around the world in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. We've created an Approved Programs List to guide you in your decision-making.
Things to Think About When Choosing a Study Abroad Program
Reflect on your reasons for studying abroad
- What you're looking for in a location?
- What you are hoping to gain from the experience (e.g. language acquisition, resume building, cultural experience, personal development, 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/countries 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 about your study abroad destination.
Reflect on the type of university setting you want.
- What size institution do you want to study at?
- Housing—do you want to live in an apartment, a residence hall or a homestay?
- Is a having a meal plan important to you?
Look over study abroad programs that are of interest to you. Call the study abroad provider and speak with their program managers. These are the people that you will turn to regarding all of your site-specific questions. Ask them questions about the overseas location so that you can learn more about your options and decide which one will fit your interests best.
Learn about what types of courses are offered.
Do your homework! Finding the right study abroad destination and school requires some research.
Look at the programs that are of interest to you and what courses each program offers. Please Note: This step can be difficult to fully grasp, so call the international programs office if you require assistance.
Visit the study abroad provider's website to get the most up-to-date information on course offerings.
Call the provider's program manager if you are having difficulty accessing current course offerings.
Funding Study Abroad
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.
In order to utilize your financial aid abroad you will need to complete the Consortium Agreement for Financial Aid (PDF/216KB). 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
Saint Anselm College does not offer scholarships specific to study abroad; however, many of Saint Anselm College's affiliated 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 study abroad scholarships and all are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about study abroad scholarships, please visit the Scholarship Resource Page.