Where can I study abroad?
Students are always encouraged to study in the country of their choice, as long as certain host institution requirements are met. However, we emphasize study abroad at one of our exchange university partners. The University of St. Thomas has exchange partners in Canada, Mexico, throughout South America, the Philippines, Spain, Ireland and France. We are working towards partnerships in East Asia and other countries in Europe.
A listing of all the universities we work with can be found on study abroad locations and at the Study Abroad Office, located in the Center for International Studies. If you choose to do a non-exchange program, then you can study at any university in the world so long as certain requirements are met.
The Study Abroad library contains information on a host of programs throughout the world.
What are the advantages of the exchange program?
1) Financial aid that you are currently receiving as a student at University of St. Thomas is applicable to your study abroad courses because you pay tuition to UST, not the host institution.
2) Approved courses taken with our exchange partners will be treated as if you had taken the course here, i.e., you receive a letter grade and grade points. Courses taken at a non-exchange institution are recorded as transfer credits that go to your hours toward degree requirements but do not count towards your GPA.
3) If the Study Abroad Office at UST approves your request to study abroad, you can consider yourself accepted to the other program. Non-exchange applicants must be approved by the host institution or program.
4) The UST Study Abroad Office maintains close contact with exchange partner institutions that facilitate the student application, admission and other arrangements.
Do I have to make my own travel and housing arrangements?
Yes, all students in exchange and non-exchange must make their own travel and housing arrangements. This includes obtaining a student visa and researching what housing arrangement suits you best. Some exchange partner institutions have readily available student housing while others do not. Additional helpful information about housing can be found in the Study Abroad Library and on the host university’s website.
How can I be sure that credit from the courses I take abroad will transfer?
Students should first determine what courses to take abroad. CIS recommends focusing on courses with some familiarity for the student. For example, if you want to take an economics class in South America, we would highly recommend that you successfully complete the introductory courses prior to your time abroad. After you have figured out which courses to take, obtain a course equivalency form
This form lists the courses taken abroad and the UST course for which you will request equivalency. For example, a European Politics class in France could transfer course credit. Based on that course description, you might seek approval for this class to count towards INST Regional Study of Europe or HIST European History. After receiving counseling from the Study Abroad Office, seek equivalency approval from the head of each department at UST.
Upon return from study abroad, the student’s responsibility is to make sure that the Study Abroad Office receives a transcript in order for grades and transfer credits to be entered on a UST transcript.
Original sealed transcripts should be sent to:
Center for International Studies
University of St. Thomas
3800 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006
Does the University of St. Thomas provide any sort of health or travel insurance?
While UST provides insurance as part of the group programs, UST does not offer insurance for individual students who choose to study abroad. Students studying abroad in both exchange and non-exchange programs must typically provide proof of insurance in order to obtain a student visa for the destination country. Students should first check with their current health insurance provider to see if there is a supplementary policy for outside the U.S. If not, students can seek information on insurers specializing in study abroad from the Study Abroad office.
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