CSB/SJU offers 19 semester-long study abroad programs in fourteen countries across six continents. The two schools are currently ranked number one among baccalaureate institutions nationally for semester study abroad participation. Before graduating, 60 percent of CSB students and 46 percent of SJU students will participate in a study abroad program.
The Office for Education Abroad (OEA) provides full-semester education abroad experiences for undergraduate students through the following programs: Australia - Fremantle; Austria - Salzburg; Chile - Viña del Mar; China - Beibei; England - London; Guatemala - Quetzaltenango; France - Cannes; Greece & Italy - Athens and Rome (one semester program in two sites); India - Kolkata; Ireland - Galway and Cork; Japan - Tokyo; South Africa - Port Elizabeth; and Spain - Segovia. Each study abroad program is limited to between 15 and 30 participants. OEA also offers a direct exchange to a university in Northern Ireland (location varies).
In keeping with the goals of a liberal arts education, the curricular emphasis of education abroad is upon a disciplined and focused curriculum which is designed to take full advantage of local, regional and national opportunities at each site. Courses taught abroad are integrated fully into the Common Curriculum and/or departmental offerings. Each program includes required pre-departure orientation meetings which include readings, lectures, discussions, writing assignments and audio-visual components. These on-campus meetings, together with individualized academic planning and increased attention to building upon the international experience after return to campus, serve to integrate the study abroad programs into the overall CSB/SJU curriculum.
In addition to the above semester-long programs, OEA coordinates with CSB/SJU offices and academic departments to offer more than 20 short-term study abroad options each year. Finally, students can choose to study abroad through an External Study Abroad Program.
All CSB/SJU students are encouraged to attend a Study Abroad 101 informational session to begin the research process. Students are urged to consider study abroad early in their four-year planning process and to meet with an Education Abroad Advisor in OEA to discuss their options. For detailed information about the courses offered through Education Abroad programs at CSB/SJU, please consult the OEA website (www.csbsju.edu/OEA).