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Student Resources

International Education Resources for Students

Let’s be honest: some students think that studying abroad is too expensive, too stressful, or just not the way they want to spend their time. Find out just how possible and rewarding it is to travel and learn at the same time. Start here to learn more about our student resources.

What Our Students Are Saying

rory smist in greece during study abroad

“My trip to Greece was one of the most liberating decisions that I have ever made. Like most students, I was unsure and nervous about leaving for an entire semester, but the Mount's flexibility and support made my decision much easier. Being able to see so much of Europe for an affordable price, with the guidance of Dr. Tsoukatos, made the trip worthwhile in so many ways... This trip both humbled and shaped me into a better person and I feel extremely grateful and blessed to have had this opportunity at such a young age. I strongly encourage other students to consider going abroad.”

Rory Smist, C'25Major: Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) | Studied in Greece

Contact us at goabroad@msmary.edu for more information about your specific situation.

Financial Possibilities

At the Mount, we make full semester programs abroad affordable and accessible for many of our students. Don’t believe us? Look at this budget estimator tool.

Compare Costs Between a Semester on Campus and Full Semester Program Abroad

Item Semester on Campus - 2024-25 Estimates Semester Abroad - 2023-24 Estimates
Tuition $23,500 $23,500
Comprehensive Fee $790 $790
Resident Fee $3,825-4,460 Included in program fee
Meal Plan Fee $3,700 N/A
Program Fee N/A $5,500-$8,995
Airfare* N/A $400 - $1,800*
Optional Excursions* N/A Varies by program*
Additional meals (some food is covered, but not all)* Varies by student Varies by program*
*Cost estimates do not include out-of-pocket expenses while on campus or abroad $31,815-$32,450 $30,190-$35,085

Total Cost Estimate

Semester on Campus - $31,815-$32,450

Semester Abroad - $30,190-$35,085

Studying abroad can cost the same or less than a semester on campus. Contact the Office of International Programs at goabroad@msmary.edu to learn more about these lower cost programs!

*Cost estimates do not include out-of-pocket expenses while on campus or abroad.

Scholarships and Other Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities through the Mount

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University Honors Program

Talented and motivated students have a unique educational experience in the Honors Program that integrates curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular learning in both interdisciplinary study and the student's major.

Honors courses are stimulating and challenging, and feature close faculty-student interaction within small classes.

Learn More about the University Honors Program

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Office of Competitive Fellowships

The Office of Competitive Fellowships assists students and alumni of the Mount community with the application process for highly competitive and distinguished awards, such as the Fulbright, Marshall, Rhodes, Goldwater, and Gates Cambridge Scholarship.

These awards typically fund a number of opportunities, often in an international setting, including graduate education, research and experiential learning, nonprofit or political service, and foreign language study.

Visit the Office of Competitive Fellowships

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship funds a study abroad program for first year, sophomore, and junior students with a 3.0 or higher GPA who “identify as an ethnicity typically underrepresented on study abroad programs (e.g. American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander).” It honors the legacy of Douglass through supporting these students and emphasizing “leadership, social justice, agitation for positive change and cross-cultural understanding.

Those who win the fellowship will have their study abroad and travel fully covered for a four-week, 3 credit program in Ireland tracing the footsteps of Douglass’s visit to the country. Apart from the program and initiative itself, two things about this application are really great:

  1. All the application requires is a transcript, one letter of recommendation, and a 3-4 minute video
  2. All students who submit applicants for the award, regardless of whether or not they win, will qualify automatically for a $1,500 scholarship for any CIEE summer program.

The deadline is February 14.

Boren Awards

The Boren Awards are an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office (DLNSEO). Boren Scholarships fund study abroad for U.S. undergraduate students in regions of the world that are critical to U.S. interests.

Maximum awards are determined by duration abroad:

  • Up to $25,000 for 25-52 weeks (preferred)
  • Up to $12,500 for 12-24 weeks
  • Up to $8,000 for 8-11 weeks (STEM majors only)

Gilman Scholarship

The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program awarded nearly 1,500 outstanding and diverse U.S. undergraduate students with scholarships to participate in study abroad programs in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship.

Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation provides scholarships for undergraduate sophomores or juniors majoring in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering who are interested in graduate research. The Foundation identifies the following eligibility criteria:

To be eligible for nomination for a Goldwater Scholarship, a student must:

  1. Be a matriculated sophomore or junior pursuing a degree at an accredited 2- or 4-year institution of higher education and be a full-time matriculated student during the academic terms when receiving scholarship support from the Foundation.
  2. Intend to pursue a research career in a natural science, mathematics or engineering
  3. Have a college grade point average of at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale 2, and
  4. Be a U.S. citizen or national from the 50 States, District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, United States Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, and any other territory or possession of the United States; or a permanent resident. A permanent resident must submit a photocopy of their Permanent Resident Card, also known as a Green Card.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) provides immersion language study abroad opportunities to U.S. college and university students. Students interested in languages that are essential to America's engagement with the world are eligible. The Critical Language Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government. According to the CLS Program website, it is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.

What Our Students Are Saying

rhiannon perry in equador

“It has changed our lives to be able to spend nearly three months in the beautiful country and we could not have done it without your unwavering support. Not only did you allow us the opportunity to tour the Amazon Region, study animal evolution in the Galapagos Islands, and learn many parts of the Latin American culture, but you also gave us so many amazing memories worth cherishing and making lifelong friendships we hope to continue to nurture. The Mount teaches us to live a life of significance, and this trip was just one of the many steps along our journey. We hope to return to the Mount as better students and will continue to follow our mission through service to God and others!”

Rhiannon A. Perry, C'26Majors: Sociology and Human Services | Studied in Ecuador

Course Offerings

To see the regular course offerings, you can visit the university catalog online. Corse offerings change with each trip leader, for more information please email the trip leader.

Does My Schedule Allow for Study Abroad?

There is a perception that some majors and some student-athletes cannot fit study abroad in their schedule, but all students are able to meet with their advisor to schedule it around course requirements.

Considerations for Education and STEM Majors

Major Considerations
Education Majors First year spring semester, senior year spring semester; Field placement tests
STEM Majors May need one (1) summer course (organic chemistry) to fit study abroad in your schedule

Considerations for Student-Athletes

Sport Full Semester Short Break
Women’s and Men’s Basketball Not recommended Summer session 1 or 2 (depending on what session you must report for summer workouts)
Women’s and Men’s Soccer Spring (senior year) Summer session 1 or 2; Winter break; Spring break
Women’s and Men’s Golf Not recommended Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Women’s and Men’s Tennis Not recommended Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse Fall semester (seniors) Fall break; Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Women’s Bowling Not recommended Fall break; Summer session 1 or 2
Women’s and Men’s Rugby Spring semester Winter break; Spring break; Summer session 1 or 2
Baseball Not recommended Fall break; Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Softball Not recommended Fall break; Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Track and Field Not recommended Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Swimming and Diving Spring semester (seniors) Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2
Women's and Men's Water Polo Spring semester (seniors) Winter break; Summer session 1 or 2

Application Process

The first step is to choose the programs you’re interested in and contact the Office of International Programs or the trip leader. From here you will be added to the Canvas page you can apply on or through J1. You'll then have access to a step-by-step guide.

Find Your Program and Trip Leader