The Office for Study Abroad is dedicated to fostering a "culture of study abroad" at Saint Francis University. Our diverse international programs give students an exciting way of completing credits and/or offering service.
Study abroad will introduce you to a new culture, a new way of life. You will learn to recognize and appreciate how culture determines values and behaviors. Study abroad will help you develop skills and give you experiences a classroom setting will never provide.
In addition to making friends around the world, study abroad will increase your self confidence and will have a lasting impact on your world view. Students can choose from semester-long experiences or shorter experiences over spring break or summer.
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Juliana HorvathDirectorOffice of Study Abroad15 Francis Hallstudyabroad@francis.edu814-472-3245
Our home away from home.Students stay in the University's facility in Ambialet, located in southwestern France. The site is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Tarn River and the village of Ambialet. The program is based in Ambialet but includes extended stays in Paris and Barcelona. Students profit from numerous visits to important sites in the region. Visits to museums, monuments and natural sites are enhanced by events such as fairs, pastry fests and concerts.
Semester in France program
Turn off your voice and have a unique ASL immersion experience.Students will have the opportunity to increase their ASL skills while implementing their Franciscan values. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that students will only find at Saint Francis University.
Explore (and serve!) the ancient homeland of the Inca with Saint
Francis University’s High Andes Research
& Service program. Climb
the ruins of Macchu Picchu, visit the capital of the Inca, mountain bike tour
the Sacred Valley of the Inca, serve the impoverished in the highest altitude
city in the world, climb a famous extinct volcano at 16,000 ft, research the
largest silver mine in the world, swim in thermal pools, experience ancient
cathedrals, and visit pre-Incan ruins. This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime
intense experience. Go for it!
HUGS is calling your name!During Spring Break, the HUGS (Helping the Underprivileged by Giving our Service) program will travel to various improverished locations to volunteer in local schools and clinics as well as work with a micro lending program, provide Spanish translation, and help with numerous other service activities.
Students will gain unique experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.This program provides students with opportunities for cross-cultural study at countless sites in and around Parma, Italy. Every internship is customized to students' interests and career goals for the purpose of expanding cultural, social, and/or disciplinary perspectives as related to the global community.
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course is all about.This course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your PADI Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities like deeper diving and underwater navigating.
Earn Saint Francis
University credits in a program organized and led by Saint Francis University
Faculty. Become familiar with Taiwanese
culture, travel to new and interesting places, and interact with students at
Providence University, Taiwan. Gain new social work insight within a different
environment while learning about new practices and understandings of
traditional and modern customs.
Earn credits in a program organized and led by Saint Francis University faculty.Become familiar with the Costa Rican culture, travel to new and interesting places and live within the land of the "Switzerland of the Americas." Gain the extra Spanish proficiency required by some majors allowing you to work with many Spanish-speaking clients, patients or students you may encounter in future careers.
Study Great Britain and the European Union in the Global Economy.Led by Dr. Randy Frye, Professor of Business Administration and Dr. James Logue, Associate Professor of Accounting, this program includes credits for an innovative hybrid course which counts as either a major or free undergraduate elective in Management, Marketing, or Economics and Finance.
Cooperative Center for Study Abroad (CCSA)Saint Francis University is a member of CCSA, an organization which plans and coordinates study abroad programs in English-speaking countries. Students may earn credit on the various short-term programs taught by faculty from consortium-member schools.
Ashley Rovder, an Environmental Engineering major, took part in a unique full-immersion study abroad experience in Bolivia.
Students looking to study abroad have another option this year to go global: spring break in the Galapagos Islands.
Entering Saint Francis University as a middle childhood education major, Beth Wheeler never even dreamed about studying abroad, but one little bite from the travel bug and her life changed forever.
Follow on Beth's journey
From mission trips to cardiothoracic surgery, Heather McDanials has words of wisdom to offer the Class of 2016 as the speaker for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony.
Read Heather's story
During her time at Saint Francis University, alumna Leah Kessler was heavily involved in clubs and activities. Now, she is spending time on mission trips, serving as a representative for Bausch + Lomb, where she currently works.
Alumni Profile Leah Kessler
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