Study Abroad in a Non-Degree Program

All subjects; any language level

Study abroad with us for one semester or one year

Study abroad for one semester or one year in any subject for which you are qualified. All English abilities are welcome. Students may take undergraduate courses, English-language courses, or both.


Students experience Saint Michael’s College as full-fledged university students with access to all university facilities, including the library, technology, and fitness areas. They are welcomed in all university clubs and activities that are available to undergraduate students, and are housed on campus among international and US-American students.


Accommodations are typically in one of St. Mike’s premium residences—Cashman Hall—which houses our “GEAR” Program (Global Experience Academic Residential). GEAR is home to about 60 US-American and 60 international students, living in single rooms within suites of 4 or 8 students.

Program Options

Students take up to four courses of their choice in any subject that is offered at Saint Michael’s College and for which they are qualified.

Depending on language proficiency level, a student may be  required to take Advanced College Writing during first semester and Introduction to Literature during the second.

Students take a mix of academic and advanced English courses, including Advanced College Writing, Advanced Grammar, Oral Skills, etc.

Academic English 2—16 academic credits

Students take two academic content courses and just two courses in advanced English. Upon successful completion, they are ready to enter the undergraduate degree program.

  1. Advanced College Writing
  2. Introduction to Literature
  3. First content course of the student’s choice*
  4. Second content course of the student’s choice*

*Students may take any courses offered at Saint Michael’s as long as they meet the academic requirements.


Academic English 1—14 academic credits

Students take three courses in academic English and one undergraduate-level “content” course with non-native and native English-speaking students in the classroom together. The academic English courses support the academic content course.

  1. College Reading & Listening
  2. College Writing & Grammar
  3. Oral Presentation Skills
  4. One undergraduate-level content course. This course is designed and taught by a professor in a specific content area. Native speakers of English and AEP students are in the classroom together. Following the “adjunct” teaching model of content-based instruction, the language courses are designed by experts in Applied Linguistics/TESOL and support the content course for AEP students. Research and experience show that this is an effective way of learning for both groups of students. Content course offerings may include such courses as Intercultural Communication (Applied Linguistics), Management and Ethics (Business), Human Nutrition (Biology), Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Environmental Studies and Sociology/Anthropology).

Topics include Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, and Pronunciation. Offered with program are conversation partners, extra-curricular activities, cultural activities, academic advising, volunteer opportunities. Custom-length programs are available for groups.

The highest level  (AEP Prep)  transitions the student from ESL to academic content classrooms with the following subjects and courses:

  1. An introductory academic content course where students will gain experience studying academic subjects just as they would in a US-American classroom, thus bridging the ESL and academic content classrooms.
  2. The skill-building courses below will directly relate to the content course’s subject matter.


To Apply for a Non- Degree Program

Application Required Optional
English-Language Test Results Required for Academic English and Undergraduate levels Not Required for Intensive English level
Passport Photo Page Required
Financial Certification Required For one or two semesters
Letter of Recommendation Not Required
Statement of Purpose / Essay Not Required

Upon receipt of your complete application, we will inform you of your admission status within 1-2 weeks.
A $500 USD deposit is required to secure your place in the program.
Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you admission documents including an I-20 form, which you will need to obtain a US student visa.