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.
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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.
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.
Students can spend a semester abroad in Tuscany's historic, medieval hill town of Siena for the same tuition, room and board costs as a semester in Loretto.
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 the Bolivian Research & Service program.Sail on the highest altitude navigable lake in the world (Lake Titicaca), serve the impoverished in the highest altitude city in the world, climb a famous extinct volcano at 16,000 ft, speak the language of the Inca, research the largest silver mine in the world, swim in thermal pools, wade with pink flamingos, experience ancient cathedrals, and visit pre-Incan ruins.
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.
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 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.
Students will gain unique experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime.Under the direction of Mr. Charles Olson, Associate Professor of Fine Arts, students may take up to 7 credits (minimal of 5 credits) while studying in Parma. Classes include Italian I & II, Exploration in the Arts, and a variety of Fine Arts course including Photography and Guitar.
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.
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.
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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.
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