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Affiliated Programs


Along with SMU Programs, Saint Mary's University offers you many opportunities to study abroad through Affiliated Programs. While some of these programs are designed for gaining greater proficiency in a foreign language, many programs do not require that you know the host country's language. Regardless what program you chose, your time studying overseas through one of these academically rigorous programs will contribute to your personal and intellectual growth at Saint Mary's University and prepare you for the global community.

With any of the SMU Affiliated Programs, all Federal and State Aid (except work study) and up to $2000 in SMU institutional aid may be applied to the program's costs.


Saint Mary’s University students may study abroad in the beautiful city of Florence, Italy, during their sophomore, junior or senior year. Through an affiliation with SAI, students study at Florence University of the Arts (FUA). This 16-week program, open to all majors, has an innovative curriculum that focuses on collaborative and experiential learning, as it integrates a student’s social, intercultural and professional development. Students do not need to be proficient in Italian to participate.

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HECUA is an organization of 18 liberal arts colleges, universities and associations dedicated to education for social justice. It provides off-campus study programs that address the most pressing issues in our neighborhoods, nations and world. Students, faculty and practitioners engage in learning that generates knowledge and tools for social transformation and community building.

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Students that are majoring in Spanish are encouraged to study abroad for at least one semester. These programs focus on complete cultural immersion. Some courses are taught in Spanish and count towards your major with approval of the department chair.

The 13-week semester program, located in Paderno del Grappa, Italy, offers undergraduate students the unique experience of learning abroad while taking a variety of high-quality courses in business, economics, communication studies, journalism and Italian. Courses are taught in English and emphasize current international events. While in Italy, students are encouraged to participate in special lectures, company tours and unique personal development opportunities.

Visit the CIMBA website

The Lasallian International Programs Consortium is a cooperative group composed of the six U.S. Lasallian colleges and universities for the purpose of creating and managing high quality educational programs throughout the world for students and facilities of member institutions.

  • Christian Brothers University - Memphis, TN
  • La Salle University - Philadelphia, PA
  • Lewis University - Romeoville, IL
  • Manhattan College - Bronx, NY
  • Saint Mary's College of California - Moraga, CA
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota - Winona, MN

Visit the Lasallian International Programs Consortium website

Contact the Study Abroad Office at (507) 457-1447 or to discuss program fees and financial aid.

Student Teaching Abroad

Saint Mary's offers between five to seven weeks of student teaching in Australia, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland or Wales. There are opportunities to teach at a variety of grade levels and schools, including one-room schoolhouses. For more information, please contact Mariann Miller at (507) 457-8736 or