There are many aspects of education abroad programs which require students to plan well in advance and to make a dedicated, timely commitment toward their personal preparation prior to departing the United States for their educational journey abroad.

Applying for a Study Abroad Program

Students must apply for and be accepted to all education abroad programs through the Stritch International Education office. Students should consult with their one-stop counselor and major/minor advisors before submitting their education abroad application packets. It is important to determine well in advance which semester or summer program fits best with each student's academic path. Considerations to be made by each applicant should include:

  • Conditions and requirements to participate
  • Stritch international education policies
  • Passport applications
  • Foreign program applications
  • Financial aid and program cost
  • Scholarships

Applicants applying for a semester abroad program should submit their application packet by Feb. 1 for a fall semester abroad program and by Sept. 1 for a spring semester abroad.

The Education Abroad Office located at Duns Scotus 103 and Duns Scotus 004 is open from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. during the semester.

Want to explore both semester abroad and short-term programs abroad? Wondering how to get started? Please visit our office any Friday at 1 p.m. to learn about Stritch education abroad.


Stritch Palmer Education Abroad Scholarships: The Palmer Scholarship provides financial support to students enrolled in the College of Education and Leadership who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise be able to participate in an education abroad program for the duration of a semester. The purpose of this scholarship is to support the participation of Stritch education majors/minors in a Stritch education abroad program of their choice. Interested candidates should read and submit the Palmer Scholarship Application Packet.

View Palmer Scholarship Application Packet

Gilman Scholarships: The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate education abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in education abroad programs worldwide.


In order to have a successful experience abroad, students must commit time and motivation to prepare themselves thoroughly. The preparation phase will take place once a student has been admitted to a program abroad by the foreign partner institution. Students can expect several preparation meetings prior to the end of the semester and before they depart for their semester abroad. Please review these preparation resources:

Articles, Blog and Galleries

The Stritch International Education Office maintains contact with numerous program alumni and will gladly connect current students considering an education abroad program with an alumnus upon request. Ongoing articles, blogs and galleries provided by our program alumni, office, student newspaper and Stritch Magazine will continue to be made available here: