External Study Abroad

External Study Abroad Program

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John’s University (SJU) students are occasionally interested in participating in programs that are not sponsored by the Center for Global Education (CGE). These programs are referred to as “external programs.” The external process exists to facilitate participation on a program or at an institution that CSB+SJU does not have contractual relationship with.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University strongly encourages you to choose one of the CSB+SJU sponsored program options. If you still decide to choose an external study abroad option, note:

  1. Transfer Credit: Transfer credit is the only type of credit you will earn on an external program. Transfer credit does not count towards your GPA. Not all external programs or courses available abroad are eligible for transfer credit at CSB+SJU. 
  2. Independence: Pursuing an external program requires significant independence from you, as CGE and CSB+SJU is not able to assist you with your program arrangements before, during or after your participation. You will need to explore program details including visa process, housing, cultural immersion, health and safety issues and support services on your own as well as facilitate your own transfer of credit once back on campus.
  3. Financial: While participating on an external program/internship state and federal financial aid is available, however NO institutional scholarships or internal financial aid will be transferred to the other institution. No state or federal aid is available for summer programs. Students pay all fees directly to the study abroad program. An External Study Abroad fee of $500 will be charged to your student account after a semester external application is approved and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. A $50 fee will be assessed for any J-term or summer program.The fee is subject to change.



*Students are required to complete the appropriate process for requesting approval to study abroad with an external program, as outlined above.  In addition, you will need to apply for acceptance to your External Program by their application deadline. Visit your program’s website for application procedures and deadlines. 


What CGE does/does not do: 

The Center for Global Education (CGE) offers the external program process as a service for students who want to study abroad on an external study abroad program and retain CSB+SJU student status and still have access to state & federal financial aid and loans during their time abroad. CGE staff do not advise on the safety or quality of non-affiliated programs or the application process to any specific program.

Things to consider when choosing an External Program: