Planning, Policies and Procedures

It 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

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

The Brian Lacey ’72 International Fellowship in Social Justice

Partner Program 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

Fund for Education Abroad
IEE Passport Study Abroad Funding Directory Financial Aid Directory
Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship Program
Boren Scholarships for International Study
Bridging Scholarship Program (Japan)
Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship

Crowd-Source Funding

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

Cross-Cultural information:

US Department of State – Students Abroad
University of the Pacific – What’s Up With Culture

Travel Information:

Lonely Planet Travel Guides
Areavibes: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling Overseas
Global Road Warrior

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:

Atlapedia Online

Embassy, Visa and Entry Requirements:

Embassies and Consulates
Foreign Entry Requirements

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

Africa: – News about Africa
BBC News – Africa – The news organization’s African site
The North Africa Journal – Perspective and analysis on events in Northern Africa, focusing on business/economics
The Pan African News Agency – Daily coverage of news items all over the continent
Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies – News consortium from Europe, Asia and Africa, with links to various countries.


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


BBC – Asia/Pacfic – News from the Australia and the Pacific Rim
Pacific Island Report – compiles Pacific-Island related stories from sources around the world
MSNBC – Asia/Pacific – News from Australia and the Pacific Rim
ABC Radio Australia – Regionally focused radio news from Australia, Asia and the Pacific Rim


CANA – Caribbean News Agency – The Caribbean News Agency provides daily news, plus a RealAudio version. – Dominica Citizenship by Investment
Caribbean Daily – news from around the region


BBC News – Europe – News from around the continent
MSNBC – Europe – News from Europe
Transitions Online – News from the former Russian states and Eastern Europe.
Alliance of Mediterranean News Agencies – News consortium from Europe, Asia and Africa, with links to various countries.

Middle East:

BBC News – Middle East – BBC News provides news from the eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia
Al Hayat – Daily paper (in Arabic)
Aljazeera – Middle Eastern and international news
Arab World News – daily news from the Middle East and North Africa
MSNBC – Middle East and North Africa – news from the region

South and Central America:

MSNBC – The Americas – News from North, South and Central America
BBC News – The Americas – BBC News provides news from North, South and Central America
LANIC – links to newspapers in Latin America and around the world

News by Country


ABC Rural – Daily paper concerning rural affairs, especially farming
The Canberra Times – Local and national news
Koori Mail – National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander newspaper
The Weekly Times – Independent paper serving northern Sydney
NLA – Australian Newspapers Online – National Library’s collection of Australian papers’ websites
The Age – Melbourne paper


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)


China Internet Information Center – government authorized portal to Chinese news
China Daily – online version of a Chinese English-language paper
Lateline News – daily news from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; Asian-American site
People’s Daily – official news and policy information
China Internet Information Center – government authorized portal to Chinese news (in Chinese)
Xinhua – state news agency
People’s Daily – official news and policy information (in Chinese)

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)


Munich Found – Bavaria’s monthly English newsmagazine
Express Online – German daily paper with world news; choose from Cologne, Dusseldorf or Bonn (in German)
Haidhauser Nachrichten – monthly paper from the Munich region (in German)
Taz – die tageszeitung – news from the greater Berlin region (in German)
Saarbruekcer Zeitung – Saarbrucken newspaper (in German)


Meath Chronicle – The Meath Chronicle is a local newspaper serving County Meath, Ireland
An Phoblacht – Weekly news from an Irish Republican perspective
Dublin People – Local news form the north side of Dublin
The Avondhu Newspaper – News from the Cork area
Galway Independent – Local news from Galway
The Irish World – News for Irish folk living abroad
Foinse – National weekly paper (in Gaelic)


Nerone – The Insider’s Guide to Rome – how to survive Rome
Il Piccolo – daily paper from Trieste (in Italian)
Sicilia On Line News – Sicilia On Line News is an online newsmagazine for the island of Sicily (in Italian)
Alto Adige – online version of the newspaper (in Italian)
Il Manifesto – online version of the newspaper (in Italian)
La Padania – newspaper from Northern Italy (in Italian)


Japan Update – Okinawan weekly paper.
Asahi Shimbun – National news – English version.
The Japan Times – National and world news.
Mainichi Daily News – National news.
Asahi Shimbun – National news – Japanese version. (in Japanese)*
Kyodo News – Japanese independent news agency. (in Japanese)*

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

New Zealand:

The Dominion Post – online newspaper and leisure guide for Wellington
The New Zealand Herald – national and international news
New Zealand News – national and world news
Otago Daily Times – online edition of Otago’s daily newspaper
Stuff – local, national and world news, as well as links to more New Zealand newspapers


BBC Scotland – the famous news organization’s Scotland page
Press and Journal – Daily paper serving Scotland, especially North Scotland
The Scotsman – daily national news
The Sunday Post – weekly newspaper online
Edinburgh Evening News Online – local and national news
BBC Scotland – BBC Scotland is the famous news organization’s Scotland page in Gaelic (in Gaelic)


Costa – English regional news
Agencia EFE – online news agency (in Spanish)
El Periódico de Catalunya – Catalonian newspaper (in Spanish)
ABC – online version of the newspaper ABC (in Spanish)
El Mundo – Spain’s largest newpaper (in Spanish)
Barcelona Independent Media Center – non-corporate news organization of grass-roots journalists (in Spanish)

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 typically earn 12-18 credits during a semester abroad. Transfer credits for study abroad are pre-approved through the Registrar’s Office and added to the St. Michael’s College student record after the student completes the program and an official transcript from the institution of record is received. Consistent with the College’s transfer credit policy, students must receive a grade of C- or higher (or equivalent in corresponding international grading system) in order for credit for study abroad coursework to transfer and count toward the St. Michael’s College degree. Study abroad grades are not calculated into a student’s SMC cumulative GPA. The number of credits earned for short-term programs may vary depending on length and content of the program.

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.