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.

Meet Stritch senior Lauren Stoch and learn about her study abroad experience to Campus International de Cannes in Cannes, France, in this blog post

Who must file tax forms for 2019 tax season?

If you were physically in the U.S. in F or J status anytime between January 1 - December 31, 2018 you're obligated to send one form, Form 8843, to the U.S. tax agency IRS (Internal Revenue Service), even if you had no income. For the 2018 tax season, if you earn $1 of US source income or greater, you may need to file a federal tax return with the IRS. Depending on your individual circumstances, you may also need to file a state tax return(s). 
Tax Obligations for International Students & Scholars: Sprintax_1

Our company mission is very simple: to treat you the same way we wanted to be treated when we studied abroad. We take pride in this hands-on, full-service approach to ensuring you an enriching, life-changing experience. It’s this unique approach that makes us both a leader and innovator in university study abroad programs.

AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.

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CEA Study Abroad
By choosing CEA, you gain an experienced partner in study abroad who provides you with the value-added toolbox you need to support your internationalization efforts. As our global network grows, we look forward to collaborating with you and your team to advance the future of study abroad.

Application Requirements: 

Study Abroad Application Checklist- Application-Checklist 
Study Abroad Application- Study-Abroad-Application_1

Frequently Asked Questions: 


Align cost with your study abroad goals: 

Compare programs based on your needs and goals. Factors to consider: 
  • Number of credits
  • Courses avalible
  • Local cost of living
  • What the program fee includes 

Financial Aid:

Exchange programs-

All Stritch aid, federal, state, and outside aid will be applied towards your program.

For all other programs-

Federal, state, and outside aid will be applied towards your program. 

Scholarship Information & Application

Study-Abroad Scholarship

First Stop:

Get your passport​

  • If you don't have a passport, apply for one as soon as possible 

  • If you do have a passport, verify that it is valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program.
  • ​If it is not valid for at least 6 months after the end of your program, you will need to renew your passport.
  • ​For U.S. Citizens, please visit to renew or apply for a new passport.

Book your travel arrangements: flights, trains, etc.



  • ​Proper documentation is required for entry into foreign countries. 
  • Each country has its own special requirements for entry based on your citenship, purpose of visit and length of stay.
  • Obtaining documents from embassies or consulates can take months. 


  • A passport is a document from your home country that confirms your citizenship
  • It is the only form of identification recognized everywhere that verifies your citizenship
  • You need a current passport that is valid beyond the time your program ends


  • A visa is a document provided by the country where you will be traveling
  • It gives permission for you to enter the country
  • Visa requirements vary from country to country
  • You must have a passport before you can apply for a visa
  • The country issuing a visa typically attaches various conditions of stay, such as the territory covered by the visa, dates of validity, period of stay, whether the visa is valid for more than one visit, etc. In some instances, you may need to apply for a visa in person at a consulate.

About Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) is the leading provider of study abroad and international student insurance coverage. Since 1992, we have insured over 1 million international students and cultural exchange participants worldwide. Our relationships with financially stable insurance carriers, all A rated or better by A.M. Best, enable us to provide the wide-ranging coverage travelers depend upon at affordable prices they appreciate.
Our participants travel to more than 200 countries annually. Destinations include Costa Rica, Italy, Brazil, Egypt, China, the United States and more. Our international and sister offices give CISI direct connections in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa and Australia.

CISI has a solution to fit your traveling needs and budget.

  • If you are a study abroad student traveling outside of the United States or an international scholar coming to the United States to study, select from individual insurance plan options for reliable coverage and peace of mind for your travels.
  • If you are looking for a group insurance plan for your cultural exchange participants, CISI will work with you to find the coverage you require.
Everywhere you want to study, travel, visit and tour, CISI has you covered.

Handling your finances abroad has become much less complicated for students than it was even a decade ago. Globalization has made credit and debit card use commonplace and ubiquitous. There are, however, some important matters to consider when planning access to funds while you are abroad.

Contact Your Bank

Let your bank know that you will be out of the country. Share with them the duration of your travel and the details of where you will be and on what dates. Having your card shut off to protect you from fraud is a great service that many banks provide and also can be a hugely frustrating experience for students abroad if they have not let their banks know about their travel plans.

International Transaction Fees

These fees and surcharges may apply abroad depending on your particular bank. If your bank charges you a flat rate fee, it may be smarter to take out larger sums of money less frequently in order to avoid multiple fees. If you are not comfortable carrying around large sums of money, consider finding a bank that charges a lower rate. Look into credit unions as they may have lower fees. Do some research to see if your bank has partner institutions or reciprocity agreements with banks in your host country. In some cases, this will eliminate transaction fees entirely.

Consider opening a bank account abroad

For students on programs shorter than a semester this option may not be the most cost effective. If you are, however, abroad for longer periods, you may find having an account in-country provides convenience and savings.

Know the exchange rate

Check every few weeks to make sure that the exchange rate has not fluctuated dramatically. Rates can change hourly, so check an online currency converter to make sure that you are using the correct ratio.

Assign a PIN to your card(s)

Some countries require you to have a PIN attached to your credit card. Give yourself some time to do this before you depart.

Make a copy of your debit/credit card

Make a copy of your debit and/or credit card (front and back). Give a copy to someone you trust back home. You can also scan and email the card, though this could represent a security risk. If you lose your card or it gets stolen, it will be helpful to have access to these copies. Also, make sure that you email the international phone number for your debit or credit card to yourself as well, so that you can call your bank in case of emergencies.

Make sure there are ATMs available

ATMs exist just about everywhere in the world, but there are some remote places where they are nowhere to be found. If you think you might be going to one of those places, it is a good idea to research availability.

Set up for Direct Deposit

If you are receiving financial aid or some other income, be sure to set up Direct Deposit. Picking up a check in Milwaukee won’t be convenient for you if you are abroad!

Take the time to research the political landscape and customs of your host country before you depart. Stay informed about current events and developing situations while you are away. In many cases, your program director or host university will share details if there is a safety or security concern. However, you should also take steps to stay informed through local and independent media, press reports, blogs, and other sources.

For current news, safety bulletins and analysis view:

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)

U.S. State Department

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

British Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Maintaining your regular diet and exercise regimen abroad can be a challenge. Foods readily available in the U.S. may not be available or easy to find in your host country and you may be surprised by locals’ reactions when you go for a run in the streets. In some locations, additional precautions may be necessary to avoid food poisoning, contaminated water, or exposure to insect-borne diseases.

For travelers’ health tips view:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

National Institute of Health (NIH) - Medline Plus

Road accidents are the number one cause of death and serious injury abroad for people between the ages of 15 and 29. The majority of international road accidents involve cars, but nearly half of all road related deaths involve “vulnerable road users” including pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcycles. Regardless of where you study in the world, it will be important to recognize that vehicle and pedestrian responsibilities are different than in the U.S. Take time to observe and understand the driving and pedestrian culture of your host country; do not make assumptions and use extreme caution if you choose to drive a motor vehicle while abroad.

For international road safety information and reports view:

ASIRT - Association for International Road Travel 

U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information - Road Safety Overseas 

OECD: International Road Traffic and Accident Database

Crime can occur anywhere, but as a visitor in a foreign country you may be particularly vulnerable. You may stand out as different and be unfamiliar with your new environment. This, combined with the fact that you may not be be able to interpret the verbal and non-verbal potentially dangerous cues in your environment, can place you at a disadvantage and make you a target for crime. Nevertheless, there are simple steps you can take to significantly reduce the chance of being the victim of crime:
  • Situational awareness - be aware of what is happening around tyou at all times. 
  • Trust your instincts - take immediate action to remove yourself from situations that feel unsafe or uncomfortable. 
  • Avoid behaviors and situations that put you at risk - if you consume alcohol and drugs, dont walk alone, and never leave a club or get into a car with someone you dont know. 

U.S. Department of State - Your Safety is Our Priority

U.S. Department of State Country Specific Information - Country Specific Information

While you are away, your friends and family will want to keep in touch with you. With todays form of communication through our technological advantages. You will be able to communicate with your love ones with WiFi or through your phone carrier if it allows you to communicate internationally (charges may occur through phone carrier). 

Long distance relationship survival guide

How to stay in touch when travelling abroad

When you travel to a foreign country, you are subject to its laws and penalties. In most cases, the laws are common sense but, in other instances, they may be much more obscure (e.g. taking pictures of government buildings, purchasing antiquities, or collecting biological samples without permits). If you violate a law, the consequences may be more severe than for a comparable offense in the U.S. Lack of familiarity with local laws is not considered an excuse and will not absolve you from prosecution or sentencing. If you are arrested overseas, the U.S. Department of State can provide limited assistance and support.

For more information view:

U.S. Department of State - Local Laws 

In case of an emergency, you may contact Sarah Sweeney or Deans of Students at Cardinal Stritch University, Donney Moroney. 

Coordinator of International Education & Study Abroad:

Sarah Sweeney
(414) 410-4187

Dean of Students:

Donney Moroney
(414) 410-4329

Sexual assault and harassment are sadly common on both U.S. college campuses and in study abroad. As is true in the U.S., most victims of sexual assault and harassment abroad are women, but men can also be victims and should take the same personal safety precautions. Taking common sense precautions (see Crime and Safety) can reduce your risk.

Sexual assault and harassment prevention links:

SafeCampus - Behaviors to Watch For

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network - RAINN

How Female Travelers Can Deal With Sexual Harassment and Assault Overseas

Australian Government - Tips to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Sexual Assault 

In order to reduce the anxiety level of your friends and family back home and to keep yourself from getting homesick, it’s important to stay in touch. Be sure to take an address list containing your friends’ and family’s phone numbers and email addresses. If you possible, give your contact information to as many people as you can before you leave. Make sure that your family knows how often you plan to contact them. If they know that it is difficult for you to phone or email, or that you will be traveling on certain days, then they will be less likely to panic when they have not heard from you in a while.
Phone calls can be VERY expensive, so make sure you research your options BEFORE you leave the U.S. Ask your Program Director what past participants have found to be the most convenient way to phone form the country where you are going. Exchange students can ask the coordinator at their host institution, or ask CSU students who have already participated in your program. Some countries might have cheap pre-paid phone cards; others may rent cell phones once you are there, etc.

Don’t forget to consider the time differencewhen calling the U.S., and tell the people calling you to remember too. 
  • Calling Cards
    • Special access codes in each country connect you directly to the AT&T, MCI, or Sprint network for potentially lower rates than going through the local telephone company. 
  • Skype
    • Downloadable on your computer or smart phone
    • Can also be used to make calls to landline telephones and cell phones at VERY discounted rates.
  • Viber
    • Downloadable on your computer or smart phone
    • Text and calling features over wifi
  • International Cell phone plans
    • Planet Fone offers rental cell phones at
    • Cell Hire is a new company that has similar rental services.
    • Check with your program director to see if a cell phone rental is included in your pricing, or if you can rent a cell phone through them.
  • Email
    • You should continue to check your Wolfmail account while you are abroad. You will receive relevant information from me as well as other staff and faculty on campus. Be sure to change your password while abroad so that you are not locked out of your Wolfmail account.
In an increasingly technological world, it's hard to imagine life without a laptop and smartphone. Long gone are the days of internet cafes and international phone cards for study abroad students.

When you pack for your study abroad adventure, don't bother lugging around a huge guidebook. Throw your smartphone in your bag, and with a few handy apps, you'll have all the information you need to create a fantastic study abroad experience!

To make your time abroad the best it can be, we've compiled the ultimate list of apps you need to download before you hop on the plane.

If you're studying abroad in a country that doesn't speak English, there are plenty of apps you can download to practice your language skills or help you translate.

Google Translate (Free)
Download Google Translate: iPhoneAndroid
If you have a data plan (which is super easy to get in most countries), the Google Translate app will be your best friend during your time abroad. The app has a bunch of special features you can use, depending on the language. For many languages, you can translate a recording of your voice or a piece of text by scanning it, rather than a typed sentence. You can listen to your translations spoken aloud, and even access your translation history when you're offline!

This app is perfect for exploring your host city and translating on the go. You can even use it to help you with your assignments and language classes. Just be sure not to translate an entire assignment. It never ends well.

Duolingo (Free)
Download Duolingo: iPhoneAndroid
If you're heading somewhere where one of the many languages offered by Duolingo is spoken, this little app will become your best friend while killing time waiting for the train or in between classes. This (free!) app will help you learn new vocabulary and grammar in whichever language you're learning using interactive flashcards and games. Trust me, it can become addictive.

Whether you're studying abroad for one month or one year, it's important to learn how to get around your home city. Be sure to check if there are any local bus or subway apps where you can plan routes, check times and get directions.

Uber (Free)
Download Uber: iPhone and Android
While Uber may have had a bit of controversy in the last year, the company is going strong in many cities all over the world. Check to see if your city uses Uber and download the app to quickly catch a cab anywhere. One of the best features? You can pay by credit card and enter your destination in advance -- which is wonderful if you're trying to explain where you're going without a common language.

GoEuro (Free)
Download GoEuro: iPhone and Andriod
This is more for the students studying in Europe, but if you're one of them, it's a really handy app for your weekend travels and figuring out the fastest / cheapest route to get there. It will compare the prices of train, bus, and plane tickets from to/from your destination.
The train might have the best views, but it could be twice as expensive as a flight. And who knows, that bus ride from Madrid to Bilbao might actually be faster and cheaper than a train. GoEuro will help you figure out the smartest option for your trip.

App to help you hail taxis (Varies)
Many cities also have similar apps you can use to hail taxis. Ask a local if there are any taxi apps you can download so that you can always catch a cab whenever you need one. Some places thrive on taxi apps and it's a necessity to download them. For example, where I'm studying in China it's all but impossible to get a taxi without calling one on the app first.

Local public transit app (Varies; Usually free)
Most major cities will also offer an app that helps you navigate the buses, trains, and overall public transportation, using maps and timetables. Some will also let you enter your starting and ending point and guide you through all the steps of getting there, and when!

For example, heading to Paris? Get RATP(it's translated into a dozen languages). London? Then you'll need CityMapper. Going to Madrid? Madrid EMT. Sydney or Melbourne? Get TripView. None of the above? Then do a quick Google search for "public transportation app for __" to see what your city's options are.

Google Maps tends to do a fairly good job of mapping out public transportation, but it's still not as good in some global cities as it is here in the U.S. In Bangkok, for example, if you rely on Google Maps versus Bangkok Transport Map, you won't always be presented with all the route options that are actually available.

When studying abroad you're going to want to explore and enjoy your local city. Need a good restaurant or bar? Want to know where the nearest bank is? FourSquare is great at home (and abroad!) but these apps have you covered.

Foursquare, Yelp, or Zomato (Free)
You likely already have a go-to app for discovering new places to eat at home, and chances are they might work abroad as well. It really depends on where you are, but whether your go to is FoursquareYelp, or Zomato, definitely open that app when you first land to see if it's helpful in your host country. They may not have the same comprehensiveness as they do back home, but don't ditch it until you try it!

Where to Go? (Free)
Download Where to Go: iPhoneAndroid
This app will help you find the closest restaurant, bar, grocery store or historical site using location technology. It will even give you directions from your current location to your chosen destination. If you're a bit spontaneous, you can even use the "Shake to Suggest" feature, which will give you a random destination in your vicinity.

AroundMe (Free)
Download AroundMe: iPhoneAndroid
This app will give you a complete list of businesses in your area. Everything from restaurants and bars to hospitals and gas stations. You can sort by category and distance, and even add phone numbers to your contact list or email the info to a friend. Best of all, AroundMe also has a map and will route directions for you.

Foodspotting (Free)
Download Foodspotting: iPhoneAndroid
For all the foodies, Foodspotting is the best app for finding restaurants around you. Using location technology, this app will search all of the nearby restaurants, giving you a large list to chose from with exact locations. This app even provides user-generated photos and reviews so that you can be sure you're picking a good place.

While it may be tempting to go crazy and buy all the pashmina scarves or macaroons, it's important to budget during your semester abroad. You'll probably be using more cash than you're used to, meaning many currency calculations and messy tabs accumulated through sharing change. Never fear though, these apps will keep your checkbook balanced!

Mint (Free)
Download Mint: iPhoneAndroid
The ultimate checkbook, this app lets you record your expenses in a ton of different categories. You can set your budget for the month and track your spending in each category to make sure you're on track. You can even link up your credit cards and bank account so that your transactions are automatically tracked or manually enter your cash spending.

Get in a good habit of recording your expenses abroad, and maybe you'll even keep using the app back home. Won't your parents be proud?

Converter Plus (Free)
Download Converter Plus: iPhone
Not only does this app convert currency, it constantly updates to the latest and most accurate conversion when connected to the Internet. If you're American, you may want this app for more than just financial reasons as it also converts temperature, distance, weight, speed and volume.

How fast is 30km/hour? How tall are you in meters? How many kilograms does your bag weigh? How hot is 25 degrees Celsius? Use this app to learn how the rest of the world functions.

Splitwise (Free)
Download Splitwise: iPhoneAndroid
If you and your friends are notorious for keeping long running tabs on who owes who, this app will be your lifesaver. In this app you can create individual events and list the people involved in each event. The app even lets you select the currency used in the transaction, and will do currency calculations for you.
At the end of an event, you'll end up with a nicely calculated tab of who owes whom and how much. Then, easily pay your friends using Venmo.

So if you and your roommate go on a weekend trip to France, all those Euros your roommate owes you can be nicely added to the long list of pounds she owes from after school pub nights in the UK. No more "forgetting" to pay your friends back with this app.

There's no better way to cherish your study abroad memories than with a full SD card of photos from your time abroad. Now that smartphones have better and better cameras, there's almost no need to bring a digital camera on your trip. With these handy apps, you can edit and share your photos with your friends back home.

Instagram (Free)
Download Instagram: iPhoneAndroid
What would our lives be without Instagram? With this app you can edit your photos with the perfect filter, #hashtag them to perfection and make all of your friends back home jealous of your Eiffel Tower or Great Wall selfies.

Adobe Photoshop Express 2.0 (Free)
Download Adobe Photoshop Express: iPhoneAndroid
This app comes with all the basic editing features you could ever need. Color adjustments, filters, and special effects. Plus, it's free -- which is always nice.

How do the locals communicate in your host city? Some places use basic SMS texts while others use internet texting apps like WhatsAppand Viberto communicate. 
Heading to South Korea or Taiwan? Be sure to download Lineso you can chat with the locals using cute emojis.
Studying in China? WeChatwill become your life. Not only is it a texting app, but it now also serves as China's version of Facebook with a social media app included included with the texting.
Be Sure to Pack Your Smartphone
It's amazing how technology has turned the smartphone into the world's best travel tool. From language barriers to hailing cabs to balancing your checkbook, the worlds app developers have you covered.

When you're studying abroad, your smartphone can impact your experience in two very different ways. It will be tempting to use technology as a crutch. You may want to cling to apps like Facebook, Instagram and Skype to feel comfortable in a place so far from home. While these apps are great for keeping in touch, sometimes you'll need to put down the phone to really enjoy your study abroad experience.

On the other hand, apps can be great for integrating into the local culture. Use Line to send emojii texts to your new Korean classmates, download the local buss schedule to explore the city or use local entertainment apps to find the best restaurants your city has to offer. Technology is what you make of it, so be sure to try and limit your Facebook time and live in the moment.

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.

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:

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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