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Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Go beyond your comfort zones and foster global citizenry by immersing yourself in other cultures through studying abroad. You can select from a wide range of options, which range from three weeks to an entire academic year. Here are some of the most popular programs. 
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British Studies
For British Studies, London becomes the students' classroom as they experience their subject first-hand and conduct research supervised by their professor. The program offers ten to fifteen different courses in various disciplines. Students experience lectures taught by British scholars, artists, business leaders, and government officials, and field excursions to various locations in and around London. 

British Studies Program

International Exchange Program
Students experience student life at one of USM’s partner universities including National University of Ireland, Galway, Université d’Orléans or University of Birmingham, and more!

Language majors have the incomparable opportunity to spend a semester or a year abroad though our low-cost, top flight exchange programs with elite international institutions and universities in Bonn (Germany); Brussels (Belgium); Orléans (France); Cádiz, Jaén and Madrid (Spain); and Lima (Perú). You will study at a university and take classes either at a language institute affiliated with the university or at the university itself.

International Exchange Program

French in France

As the birthplace of the French language, France is the ideal location for you to learn its language, experience its customs, and discover its history and art. You will visit several museums with Madame Keltoum Rowland as your tour guide during the first days of the program. Join us to actively participate in every facet of France’s rich culture and heritage!

French in France

Spanish in Spain
Immerse yourself in Spain's rich culture and heritage. You will study language and culture at the Universidad de Cádiz, located in the capital city of Spain’s southernmost province while learning about the life and culture of Andalusia and communicating with Spanish people.

Spanish in Spain

Semester in Spain
Get a taste of life in Cádiz—land of flamenco, rugged mountains, white villages, pristine beaches, and ancient civilizations. Through an active-learning culture course in Spanish with Dr. Carmen Carracelas-Juncal, you will study the rich history of Cádiz, explore its natural beauty, meet its people, and experience its culture. On your free time, you get a taste of its colors, flavors, sounds, and smells, surrounded by the ocean and basking in the sun of the Costa de la Luz. 

Semester in Spain

Semester in France
Jet off to France and spend the first week exploring and learning in Paris, before checking into your new home at an 18th century château in Strasbourg. There, you will study French and history with program director Madame Keltoum Rowland and faculty leader Dr. Courtney Luckhardt, all while fully immersing yourself in the culture.

Château Program: Semester in France

Church and State in Italy
Get to visit Rome, the historical cradle of Christendom, and examine the dynamic relationship between Church and State in Christian political thought. You will explore how Rome transformed from a capital of a global empire in the ancient period to the seat of Christian power and thought in the Middle Ages.

Guided by Dr. Troy Gibson, program director and associate professor of political science, the story of this relationship is told in a variety of key locations, including the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Vatican City, Florence, and more. All along the way, you will be immersed in ancient, traditional and contemporary Italian architectural, religious, and culinary culture!

Church and State in Italy

Italian Interior Design
This 18-day Intersession course will immerse students in an intensive exploration of Italian culture, design, and architecture spanning a 2,000-year period. Site visits will focus on the works of two highly influential designers, Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) and Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) while in Venice and the Veneto region of Italy. Students will experience ancient ruins, medieval villages, and exceptional sculptural and architectural masterpieces of the Renaissance while in Florence with day trips to Siena and San Gimignano in the Tuscany Region. Optional weekend excursions will be offered to Rome and Pompeii.

Italian Interiors and Design

Tropical Ecology in Belize
The program will consist of two weeks in the field during the January intersession in Belize,  where you will study tropical flora and fauna in several different ecosystems: coral reefs, pine savannahs, rainforests, and mangrove swamps. You will interact with groups working on the conservation of plants and animals in Central America and with locals who practice subsistence farming.

Tropical Ecology in Belize

 Vienna City of Music
The three-week music course introduces students to the history and culture of one of the world’s greatest musical cities. Through regular excursions to local cultural venues and daily class discussions with Dr. Ed Hafer, students gain insight into the music, working environment, and legacy of the First Viennese School. They will follow in the footsteps of the masters, visiting their homes, their churches, significant concert halls, and ultimately, their final resting places. Students experience first-hand the more human side of the humanities while studying music history from inside the world of its creators. 
Vienna: City of Music 



The GO System offers an ideal starting point for students eager to secure study abroad scholarships. 

Step 1: Submit Your General Application 

  • Begin by completing the general application provided within the GO System.
  • During the application process, you will encounter a crucial question: Are you interested in studying abroad? Be sure to indicate "yes" if you are considering international studies to unlock study abroad-specific opportunities.

Step 2: Unlock Study Abroad-specific Application and Scholarships

  • Upon indicating your interest in studying abroad, an additional application tailored specifically for study abroad opportunities will become accessible to you.
  • This step also grants you access to a range of study abroad-specific scholarships for which you may be eligible.

GO System

While the GO System provides valuable resources, you may also want to consider external scholarship or financial aid opportunities. 

Step 1: Schedule a G.P.S. Appointment

  • To navigate scholarships beyond the GO System, we recommend scheduling a G.P.S. (Going Places Session) with the Study Abroad Coordinator.
  • The coordinator will carefully review your account and engage in a personalized discussion to identify specific scholarship opportunities that align with your goals and aspirations.

Book Appointment

Step 2: Research External Funding Opportunities

Students are encouraged to apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for. Additionally,  Financial Aid is available for students accepted on a USM study abroad program.

Financial Aid and Scholarships


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