At Ambrose, we believe each student should be exposed to new ways of looking at yourself and the world, and one of the best ways to do this is by studying abroad.
In the past few years, we've sent students to the United Kingdom, Spain, Ecuador, Italy, Korea, Japan, Germany, Cyprus, Croatia, Belize, Canada, Australia, Peru, Chile and Costa Rica (and that's a shortened version of a longer list!).
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are answers to the majority of questions we get asked about Study Abroad. Have a look!
Students are eligible to apply for semester-long programs if they meet the following requirements:
1. At least sophomore status by the beginning of the study abroad program.
2. Minimum 2.5 GPA (Some of our programs have a higher minimum GPA).
3. No restrictions in Student Accounts or Student Services.
Students are eligible to apply for short-term programs if they meet the following requirements:
1. Good academic standing. (SAU faculty leaders can use their discretion on the GPA requirement).
2. No restrictions in Student Accounts or Student Services.
SAU offers semester-long and short-term study abroad programs.
We offer Exchange programs, Provider programs, and SAU short-term faculty-led programs. We also work with several international education partners to offer a wide variety of study abroad, as well as overseas internship and volunteer opportunities.
While an undergraduate, Sam Jones '16 participated in three study abroad programs. Read more about his experiences.
Any time is a good time to study abroad!
All undergraduate students can participate in a short-term program. Most semester students study abroad during sophomore or junior year.
With careful planning, it is definitely still possible to study abroad during senior year.
Here's the thing: it costs a fraction to travel during college as it would afterwards.
During college, you can study in another country while paying the same tuition you would on campus. So yes, studying abroad is a cost-effective way to travel and experience the world while earning college credit.
Studying abroad will enable you to grow personally, emotionally, culturally and academically. You'll learn valuable career skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and communication across cultures. Adding international experience to your résumé will make you more marketable to employers. Study Abroad is a great investment in your future!
Yes! Some semester programs are actually less expensive than spending a semester on campus!
Students participating in a semester exchange program can take their full SAU scholarship package (excluding work study) for one semester.
Students that choose one of our approved semester provider programs may apply up to $4,000 of your SAU scholarship award plus any state/federal aid (excluding work study) to their study abroad costs. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships through their program provider and for nationally competitive awards like the Gilman or Boren scholarship.
Contact the Financial Aid Office for more information on funding for study abroad.
Internationalization opportunities abound at St. Ambrose! All it takes is some initiative and planning!
Integrate International Dimensions Into Your Domestic Courses
- Integrate readings, films, music, art, assignments, lectures, and/or discussions with an international or intercultural focus.
- Include an experiential learning or service learning component that enables the students to encounter intercultural issues relatively close to campus.
- Engage in distance team-teaching with our international partners in Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Ecuador, England, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Tanzania, and Vietnam or with your own international contacts.
- Cross-list your course as an IS (International Studies) course by consulting with Dr. Duk Kim.
- Cross-list your course with Modern Languages and Cultures by consulting with Dr. Arturo Meijide
Pursue an International Professional Development Opportunity
- Work with your department and college to host an international visiting scholar for two to three weeks. See the Proposal Form.
- Apply for a traditional Fulbright Scholar Award. SAU has a Leave Policy for Fulbright semester grantees.
- If you don't want to be away for an entire semester, apply to join the roster of the Fulbright Specialist Program for two to six weeks.
- Apply for a CIEE Faculty Development Seminar.
- Apply for an ISA Faculty Seminar.
- Organize a team to apply for a UISFL Grant to improve undergraduate education in international studies and foreign languages.
- Conduct joint research and/or host a workshop, seminar, or conference with one or more of our international partners or with your own international contacts.
- Apply to the Occasional Lecturer Fund to recruit a Fulbright Visiting scholar to campus to exchange ideas and to share their specific research interests for one to three days.
Teach a Course Abroad
- Discuss with your Department Chair and Dean how integrating a study-abroad course into your regular teaching load can enhance your professional goals, enrich your students, and improve the curriculum.
- Teach a winterim UMAIE course. You can enroll students from other UMAIE member schools into your course. You will normally teach the course as an overload.
- Discuss with your Department Chair and Dean about serving as an international visiting scholar. See the Proposal Form here
- Serve as a Study Abroad Department Representative (SADR) or a Study Abroad Regional Expert (SARE).
- Assist with the Study Abroad Fair.
- Promote study abroad in your courses and to your advisees.
- Help us to plan International Education Week in the fall and Diversity Fest, My SAU Experience, and the International Poetry Reading in the spring.
- Participate in the Bee Families program, in which you mentor an international student.
- Volunteer to be an academic advisor for an international student.
- Provide educational programming for the International Themed Community in McCarthy Hall.
- Join us for our International Coffee Hour.