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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
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

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Here at Saint Martin's University, we believe that a study abroad experience should be more than just jetting off to another country to snap some photos. It should be a memorable and meaningful life experience that encompasses our core themes and commitment to a holistic education. As students, you should have the ability to connect with the local community and make a lasting impression within yourselves and your environment.

Why I should study abroad?

  • Studying abroad will help you become more successful in academics and your future career.
  • Studies have shown study abroad can strengthen marketable career skills, such as the ability to work in teams and being flexible. Additionally, graduate school selection committees and employers often regard applicants with study abroad experience more favorably than those without.
  • Studying abroad helps develop global awareness in the academic world and everyday life.
  • Studying in a non-English speaking country helps you become proficient in a new language!
  • Studying abroad helps you experience personal growth; a greater sense of confidence, independence, and sense of direction.
  • You can build lifelong friendships with people from around the world!

Application information

What do I need to know about studying abroad?

  • You do not need to speak a foreign language to study abroad.
  • You can earn credit toward your major, minor, or elective requirements.
  • The cost of a semester abroad is approximately the same as a semester at Saint Martin's and often your financial aid will transfer.
  • You can study abroad for a semester, year, or choose from one of our exciting study tours or summer programs.
  • The minimum GPA for study abroad programs is 2.5, although some programs require higher. Additionally, you must be in good standing with the University, and have completed at least 12 collegiate credits.


Saint Martin's has programs where you can study abroad in hundreds of locations around the world. Pick from a university located in Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, France, Ghana, India, Israel, Italy, Ireland, Korea, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, Spain, and Wales. There is a country just waiting for you to visit!


We're here to help. Whether you're looking for information, applying for a program, or currently studying abroad, we're always ready to assist you in any way we can. Feel free to stop by the study abroad office any time to discuss questions or concerns.

Application information

Specific deadlines, requirements and procedures often vary depending on program. Please contact us for more information. Download the application.

Basic requirements for study abroad:

  • The minimum GPA is 2.5, although some programs require higher.
  • Students must be in good standing with the University. They should not currently be on behavioral probation, nor have been on probation the preceding semester.
  • Students must have completed at least 12 collegiate credits (transfer credits accepted).

Application deadlines:

Fall semester abroad: March 16
Spring semester abroad: October 10
Study tours: Program dependent
Summer abroad: March 16

Steps for study abroad:

  1. Plan. The sooner you start planning the better. This will give you time to talk with your advisor and think about the classes you will need to take while abroad, apply for scholarships, and let your family know you are going! Staff in the study abroad office are happy to help you with the process.
  2. Apply for a study abroad program. You will need to apply directly to the program and also submit the SMU paperwork. There are opportunities to spend a few weeks, a summer break, a semester, or academic year through one of many approved Saint Martin's study abroad programs.
  3. Discover the experience of study abroad. Once everything is in place you can hop a plane and attend the university you have selected. You will go to class, make new friends, and learn more than you thought imaginable. Should you need a helping hand along the way, all of our programs have friendly staff waiting to help you in the country you choose.
  4. Return and share. After your time abroad, your credits will transfer back to your Saint Martin's transcript. You may also have a newfound perspective in classes, insight to share with those around you, an amazing addition to your resume and some great stories to share!

Information and resources

Information for parents

Parents and family members play a significant role in supporting students throughout the overseas study experience, and it is important you have a clear idea of what is involved. We hope that the following information will answer most of your questions. If you have any questions after reading this, please first ask your student and then feel free to contact us with additional concerns.

Studying overseas is an endeavor that takes a high level of initiative and responsibility on the part of the student to make it successful. The staff in the study abroad office work primarily with the student, as research shows that the more involved a student is with their own planning process, the more successful the study abroad experience will be. We believe that by taking responsibility for planning the overseas study experience, students can learn and practice skills that prepare them for future travels.

Parent Q and A

How does study abroad benefit my student?
Now more than ever, it is important that students learn to be responsible global citizens. Studying abroad enhances academic learning by providing a different perspective to view a student's chosen degree and coursework. This will help your student become more successful in academics and their future career. Employers and graduate schools agree that candidates who have international experience are more likely to succeed after graduation. Whether students want to improve their language skills, build lifelong friendships, experience new cultures, or see a different part of the world, study abroad will open many doors to their future. Students returning from study abroad programs say that they benefit most from the personal growth and self-confidence that international travel fosters.

Is study abroad expensive?
No! Study abroad costs about the same as a semester of tuition, fees and room and board at Saint Martin's. Most students remain eligible for financial aid and there are also many scholarships available to students studying abroad.

Will my student fall behind academically?
No! As part of the application process, we require that students speak to their advisors about study abroad and their academic goals. Students are required to take a full course load while they are abroad, and the credits from an approved partnership will transfer back to Saint Martin's either as elective credit, or credit toward the student's major or minor.

Is study abroad safe?
Yes! Although it may be a little scary sending your student out into the world, we work hard to make sure our students are in a safe situation at all times. We closely monitor our study abroad locations and will cancel a program or return students if a region is found to be unsafe. Flights, housing, and insurance are arranged well in advance of students intended departure dates. For semester and summer programs, a local orientation is provided onsite when students arrive in their host countries.


Below are useful resources for planning your time abroad. A few are fun to look at, while others might even be helpful while you are there. Check them out!

US government sites

Health resources

General world information

Travel help