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 programs

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 2014-2015

Japan cultural exchange tour (JCET)
Contact: Brenda Burns, study abroad
Dates: Travel May 2015, application due November 21, 2014
Cost: $1,700
Description: This program is a prestigious SMU tradition. Each year, selected students, faculty, and staff travel to Japan for two weeks and represent SMU at three sister schools where they stay with host families, are greeted with ceremonies and Japanese hospitality. No previous knowledge of Japanese is required.

Theater and Fiction in England and Ireland
Contact: Professors Stephen Mead and Julia Chavez
Dates: May 2015
Cost: $4,800, potential fundraising
Description: Join us to take a class in the spring of 2015 on the prose and drama of this region and then travel to explore the Globe Theatre; Stratford, birthplace of Shakespeare; Bath, setting of Jane Austen novels; and historical Dublin, Ireland. We’ll take a Dickens’ walk in Old London, see Shakespeare in a recreation of the Bard’s original theatre, visit the Roman baths and fly to the Old Sod (that’s Ireland) for a nip of the peat-fired lamb stew!

Exploring French Language in France
Contact: Professor Kathleen McKain
Dates: May 2015
Cost: Approximately $3,500
Description: Participating students will deepen their understanding of French language and culture by applying their skills both in class and country. They will read and learn extensively about the French regions, then travel to see the places come to life! Students will engage in projects that are both academic and practical and the course is open to those who have completed French 102 or the equivalent. An add-on option is to extend time in France by enrolling in a language class at American University in Paris.

Sociology in Scandinavia
Contact: Professors David Price and Aaron Goings
Dates: May 2015
Cost: Approximately $4,000
Description: This program will take place in Finland, Sweden, and Norway. It begins with a reading seminar designed to ground our understanding of the rich history and dynamic politics of this region and then the group will travel to northern Europe with planned stops in several of the region's major cities, small villages, and rural countryside. This program will include ferry and train rides from Finland’s 100,000 lakes and islands to the Norwegian mountains and fjords!

Saints in Spain
Contact: Professors Jeff Birkenstein and Irina Gendelman
Dates: June 2015. Course currently waitlisted
Cost: Approximately $ 4,000, with the potential for fundraising
Description: This course has at its center a unique backpacking food and culture venture to Spain. An adventure which will span the country from north to south, students will be exploring Spain’s food, its culture, and some of its fiction. We will explore the country and its rewards through, in part, an introductory examination of semiotics, as we cross literature and sociology, language and visuality, wine and food.

Brazil cultural exchange program (BCEP)
Contact: Brenda Burns, study abroad
Dates: TBD
Cost: Approximately $2,700
Description: As a Saint Martin's University student representative, students will stay in Rio and learn about Brazilian life. In Rio, students will take basic Portuguese and culture classes on food, sports, music, and daily life. Then these topics will come to life as Brazilian students show SMU participants around town and what life is like in Rio. The group will also visit culturally significant areas. This is a not-for-credit program.

Korea cultural exchange program (KCEP)
Contact: Brenda Burns, study abroad
Dates: May-June 2015
Cost: $1,500
Description: Selected students receive a scholarship for participation in a cultural and business program offered by Saint Martin's sister university, Konkuk University, in Chung-Ju, Republic of Korea (South Korea). While there, you will learn about Korean businesses such as Samsung and visit traditional cultural landmarks and even visit a special temple! No previous knowledge of Korean is required!

Teaching Program in Inner Mongolia and Beijing
Contact: Brenda Burns, study abroad
Dates: May-June 2015
Cost: Approximately $3,000
Description: Students wishing to explore teaching abroad should take this incredible opportunity to experience Chinese life and the sights and culture of Inner Mongolia. In Baotou, students will gain teaching experience and earn credits for doing so. This program includes a stay over in Beijing, where there is the opportunity to visit the Great Wall and other historical sights.

Short term study abroad application

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