Study Abroad

Stritch promotes international and intercultural understanding by supporting students arriving from abroad as well as U.S. students studying and serving others around the world.

Where do you see yourself?

Look through the programs below to learn more information!
Want to explore both semester abroad and short-term programs abroad? Wondering how to get started? 
Please visit the Study Abroad Office in Bonaventure Hall 1070 to learn about Stritch Education Abroad, or email the Study Abroad Office:

Semester Abroad Programs

Stritch offers numerous exciting and affordable semester abroad opportunities.

Stritch students have the opportunity to participate in semester/year abroad opportunities around the world. Partner universities are chosen for their academic excellence, curriculum, safety, and charming settings.

Benefits of Study Abroad

  • Earn college credit
  • Learn about yourself and your own society
  • Experience and appreciate other cultures
  • Build your resume
  • Strengthen foreign language skills
  • Meet new people from around the world


Applications are due March 1st for the Fall Semester and October 1st for the Spring Semester

Academic Short-Term Programs

Stritch students may apply for these academic intensive short-term programs for the 2016-2017 academic year

Recently the Nursing Department volunteered in Nicaragua with the organization FIMRC (Foundation of International Medical Relief of Children). There they worked with locals to improve medical practices in a low income serve community.

Students from other departments/schools were welcome to participate. For more information about future Academic Intensive (Short-Term) programs and requirements, please email us at, call us at (414) 410-4187, or stop by the International Education office located at BH 1070.

Want to explore both semester abroad and short-term programs abroad? Wondering how to get started? Please visit our office any Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM to learn more about Stritch Education Abroad.

Service Immersion Programs

Upcoming Service Immersion Programs that give students the opportunity to practice the Franciscan value of showing compassion on a global scale.

Dates and places will be announced by the Office of International Education every semester.

These programs are open to adults world-wide. The intent is to immerse ourselves in the Franciscan culture of the places we visit and to further our global awareness and competence. They also offer a balance of sightseeing, reflection, personal growth, and a sense of community as we come to know one another across countries, and begin to see the world from a different and richer perspective.

The programs include a variety of experiences influenced by the interests of the participants and the many personal connections to our hosts. Visits to Franciscan sites all serve to develop relationships and cross-cultural learning, which help us understand common and disparate issues within our global environment.

Learn More

To learn more about Service Immersion Programs, please email us at, call us at (414) 410-4187, or stop by the International Education office located at BH 1070.

Teach Abroad Programs

Undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates can apply to complete part of their student teaching in another country

General Information

Generally the student teacher will complete a 10-week placement in southeastern Wisconsin and complete a 10-week placement overseas. Students should apply for this opportunity one year prior to the expected student teaching placement. Program duration abroad typically lasts from 8 to 10 weeks depending on the needs of our foreign school partners.

Because many schools abroad do not follow our school schedule, students may need to complete the placement abroad in a time that exceeds our traditional semester. In this case, the student will receive an incomplete and the grade for student teaching will be posted upon completion of the placement abroad.

Students interested in a teaching placement abroad should initially contact the College of Education and Leadership and submit a teach abroad program application to the Office of Student Placements. For more information about student teacher placements abroad including program cost and program locations, please contact the Study Abroad Office via email at, by calling (414) 410-4187, or by visiting us in BH1070.

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.

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 by March 1st for the Fall semester, and by October 1st for the Spring semester.


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, Blogs, 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 soon be available here.

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