Study Abroad

Study abroad brochure


For more information contact:
Study abroad office
Phone: 360-438-4521
Email: SMU Study Abroad



Office of International Programs
and Development

5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4504
Fax: 360-438-4359
Email: intladmissions@stmartin.edu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST


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Signature short-term and study tours

Saint Martin's study tours

Each year Saint Martin’s professors and staff lead groups of excited and interested students around the globe for an international learning experience. Students are able to better appreciate the subject matter by experiencing it first-hand and professors and staff make the subject matter more meaningful.

Each program provides the same quality of teaching and care that our on campus classes do. Here is a summary of our short term programs offered this year:

Signature short term programs for 2013-2014

Brazil cultural exchange program
The Brazil cultural exchange program (BCEP) is a new program offered at Saint Martin's University. Ten selected students will go to China for approximately ten days. Participants will participate in cultural activities and learn Portuguese. This is an incredible opportunity to enjoy the sights and culture of Brazil. For more information please visit: Brazil cultural exchange program.

Japan cultural exchange tour
The Japan cultural exchange tour (JCET) is a tradition at Saint Martin's University. Each year, five selected students are led by selected Saint Martin's faculty and staff to go to Japan for approximately two weeks. Participants stay with host families and hotel accommodations are provided in Tokyo. This is an incredible opportunity to experience Japanese home life, meet other students and enjoy the sights and culture of Japan. For more information please visit: Japan cultural exchange tour.

Korea cultural exchange program
The Korea cultural exchange program (KCEP) is a new program offered at Saint Marti's University. Six selected students will go to Korea for approximately three weeks. Participants will stay with host families and enjoy many cultural activities. This is an incredible opportunity to experience Korean home life, meet other students and enjoy the sights and culture of Korea. For more information please visit: Korea cultural exchange program.

Student teaching in China
ESL student teaching in China. If you are interested in doing student teaching in ESL in China in fall or spring, there are two sites (Hainan and Zhuhai) available. Students receiving student teaching credits are required to complete the ELL endorsement program and attend the intensive Chinese and culture workshops prior to departure. Students not receiving student teaching credits are required to take the ED 425 class (methodology for teaching foreign language) and attend the intensive Chinese and culture workshops prior to departure. The hosting institutions will provide free airport pick-up/drop-off, room/board, and a modest monthly stipend. Students are responsible for their roundtrip airfare, visas, personal expenses, and any domestic travel expenses. If you have any questions or would like to pick up/return an application for any of these programs, please visit the Study Abroad Office, Old Main Room 427.

Russia language program
Contact: Professor Jamie Olson
Dates: Travel June-July 2014
This intensive Russian language program is held at the Karelian State Pedagogical Academy in Petrozavodsk and partners with a fellow Benedictine University. Instructors are specially trained in foreign language education and in addition to academic work, they organize numerous outings and ways to connect with local Russians. No previous knowledge of Russian is required.
www.css.edu/Academics/Study-Abroad/Russia.html

Information for faculty

Teaching abroad

Are you interested in teaching a course to students in a different country? If so, you have come to the right starting place. Leading a study tour experience is a memorable and possibly life changing event for you and the students. Beyond developing relationships and taking in new sights, many other benefits exist including: Networking with faculty at other foreign universities and discovering collaborative projects and unique research opportunities. Strengthening your own campus courses as a result of the new perspective you bring back to Saint Martin's. Enhancing the overall academic experience for students by providing an alternative perspective to learning subject matter. Developing student confidence and character by facilitating personal growth, independence, and a stronger sense of direction and interconnectedness to the world.

“It is such a privilege to witness students deepen their understanding of another language and culture outside the classroom. They learn so much from the each other as well as the experience of exploring a different country.” – Kathleen McKain, PhD SMU French professor

Study tour resources