Do you want to earn course credit, while traveling the globe? If you truly want the world to be your classroom, then Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s study abroad program is the right fit for you.
Studying abroad gives you control of your future by broadening your perspectives and enhancing your professional potential. The growth and development you can obtain from studying abroad is unmatched. With more than 25 majors, SMWC students with a variety of interests can benefit from studying abroad.
Achieving cultural literacy in another country -- some understanding of another perspective on the world -- will deepen self-understanding, and will contribute to a greater understanding of your society and your values. You can dispel stereotypes through unexpected personal connections and encourage others to see past misconceptions about your own culture.
"I was nervous about this trip because I didn't feel like I had what it took to be a world traveler. This experience has taught me so much about who I am as a person and how strong I am as a Woods Woman. During my semester studying abroad in Ireland, I also visited England, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland and Poland. These are the things that I only thought I could do in my dreams, yet here I am, experiencing my dreams while I'm wide awake. It's simply amazing to think that I've done so many amazing things and met so many wonderful people. I can't deny that I've changed, and in fact, I embrace it because with every country and every new situation, I learned something new about myself and the cultures."
-Frances Garrett, class of 2016; Equine Business Management major, Equine Assisted Therapy minor
SMWC students have studied in places like Belize, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain, France, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan and New Zealand. You can earn course credit, expand your career international opportunities and add knowledge of other cultures to your learning experience. Studying abroad takes backbone, determination and a sense of adventure. The influence and effect of this cultural exploration will last a lifetime.
“This study abroad experience will help me reach my goals because I feel like I am a more adaptive, independent and creative person than I was before I left. I have real life experiences working with all kinds of people. I recommend study abroad for all students. Being on your own in a foreign country is an experience like no other. It helps you to grow as a person.”
-Caitlin Kowalski, class of 2016; English major, Business Administration minor
Programs can last from several weeks to several months and, in many cases, financial aid can be applied to at least some of the costs.