Studying abroad is your gateway to the world.
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The St. Edward’s challenge of “Take on your world.” permeates our campus. It’s why global learning and studying abroad are essential to your experience on the hilltop.
GEO is the first stop on your adventure.
You’ll have plenty of questions (and you may feel a little overwhelmed) as you prepare to study abroad.
Connect with the Global Engagement Office (GEO) for answers and support.
We’ll take you through program advising and processing, and a pre-departure orientation to experience you're embarking on.
And we’ll assist you with all practical matters related to studying abroad.
The Study Abroad Process at St. Edward's:
Getting Advice: Choosing a Program
Ready to get advised on study abroad?
There are a few options for you. Check out which is best for you and start there!
Group Info Sessions
This is the best option if you're just getting started and you're trying to figure out what your first steps are. We'll review how to use the portal, what the types of programs are, and be there to answer basic questions as you start exploring. Check the University Calendar for dates and locations or head over to the portal for a list of sessions.
Peer advising is great throughout your study abroad process. Peer advising is conducted by returned study abroad Hilltoppers. They are able to help with getting started, creating a profile, searching programs, buying your flights, what to pack and more!
Peer advising takes place on a walk-in basis during the semesters in the Global Engagement Office, Moody Hall 102, Monday-Friday, 11am-2pm.
Meeting with a Study Abroad Advisor
First timer? Please attend a group info session or go to peer advising before setting a meeting with an advisor.
Advisors are able to help and guide you through your entire study abroad process & will be your main point of contact once you begin applying to a program.
Before meeting with an advisor, please set up a study abroad profile on the Study Abroad Portal.
Ready to make an appointment? Learn more about scheduling appointments on the Study Abroad Portal.
How to Apply to Study Abroad
Step 1: Create Your Online Profile
The very first step to studying abroad at St. Edward’s is to create an online profile through the GEO study abroad portal. You can search and apply to study abroad programs, contact your Study Abroad Advisor, and complete your application on this portal.
NOTE: If you need your password reset, geo [at] stedwards.edu (email us) to get password reset instructions.
Step 2: Explore Study Abroad Programs
Explore the numerous study abroad programs available in the GEO study abroad portal. Search for programs by your major, geographic location, language spoken and more.
Step 3: Get Advised
See the section above for the various options for study abroad advising, including info sessions, peer advising and advisor meetings. See the Advising Options page on the Study Abroad Portal for more information.
Step 4: Apply
Once you have narrowed down your options and met with a Study Abroad Advisor, complete your study abroad application for your top choice program before the deadline. Generally, study abroad applications require you to complete some questionnaires, pay a deposit, write a statement addressing how the program aligns with your goals and submit certain documents to GEO, all of which can be done online through the GEO study abroad portal.
For spring applicants, the deadline is September 20.
For summer/fall applicants, the deadline is March 1.
Decisions on placements and approvals will be delivered ten (10) working days after the deadlines.
Approved: Preparing to Study Abroad
You've applied, what next?
All applications must first be reviewed and approved internally by St. Edward's Global Engagement Office.
After a student submits a study abroad application through the Study Abroad Portal, GEO will review and will place approved students on their study abroad programs. After placement and approval, there's much to do to prepare to go abroad.
Preparing for Study Abroad
Preparing to study abroad will include work in a few different areas. Students must complete SEU requirements to maintain approval, requirements for their specific program to gain acceptance into the program, a pre-departure orientation offered by GEO and students may need to obtain a student visa for their host country.
Study Abroad Portal
Once placed/approved, students must commit to their program and complete more requirements on the portal. These requirements include registration at SEU, getting courses approved, answering questionnaires and submitting required documents.
These requirements are due May 5 for summer/fall applicants; December 5 for spring applicants.
A student will receive regular communication from their GEO advisor to keep them on time with the tasks required.
Students will be required to complete a two part Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) before they can go abroad.
- Online PDO is focused on logistics and information most students need while abroad or once they return home. Online PDO located on Canvas and is an open site for all to review. Students will be enrolled in the course upon approval to study abroad.
- In-Person PDO takes place the Sunday before the last week of classes each semester in December (spring applicants) and April (summer/fall applicants).
External Program Requirements
Depending on the program, students may have applications and requirements to complete outside of St. Edward's. Consult your study abroad advisor for more information.
Obtaining a Student Visa
The visa is the entry or residency permit that allows you to study or travel within the country of your destination. You are responsible for obtaining your visa, paying for the visa application and completing the application process for the visa.
The US's State Department Website provides information for each country's consulate website where visa information will be found. Once on the State Department website, search for the host country and look at the "Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements" section for this information.
If you are an international student, you will need to research the process for the country of your citizenship to obtain a visa for the country of your intended study abroad.
The cost and requirements for obtaining visas vary. It is your responsibility to determine visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad. This includes countries that you plan to visit before or after a study abroad program.
What to Remember While Abroad
Enjoy your time abroad.
Few experiences compare to the time you spend immersed in a new experience, language or culture. Take time to enjoy and reflect upon this life-changing opportunity.
There are a few tasks to take care of while you are abroad. See below for reminders of these tasks.
Those studying on an Exchange or Provider program must verify their enrollment in courses abroad. This form is due to GEO by the end of the first two weeks of classes abroad. See your Study Abroad Portal or the Online PDO Academics Section for more information.
Complete the SABR 2150 Course
All students studying abroad will be enrolled in a one (1) credit hour course titled SABR 2150: The Study Abroad Experience. This course is online on Canvas and students will be added to the Canvas site upon the start of the semester at St. Edward's. Contact your Study Abroad Advisor for questions or concerns.
Emergency While Abroad?
If you are traveling with faculty or staff:
Faculty or staff on site at your study abroad program are the fastest and most helpful resource in an emergency. Contact them first for immediate assistance.
If your emergency requires that any St. Edward’s University office be involved, contact the University Police Department (below), and they can connect you to the appropriate contact (Health & Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Global Engagement Office, etc.).
If you are not traveling with faculty or staff and it is not a medical emergency, contact the following:
During Business Hours:
Global Engagement Office (GEO)
Moody Hall 102
geo [at] stedwards.edu
NOTE: GEO staff does not regularly check email or voicemail over weekends and holidays. Time zones might also make it hard to receive a timely response.
After Hours 24/7:
University Police Department (UPD)
Holy Cross Hall, G13
campus.safety [at] stedwards.edu
Home on the Hilltop: Being an Engaged Study Abroad Returnee
Welcome back to the Hilltop!
Coming home from study abroad can be exciting and difficult at the same time. There are many ways the Global Engagement Office offers assistance in your return to the United States and St. Edward's.
Returnee Engagement Opportunities
See more on the Study Abroad Returnees Task Center on MyHilltop.
Re-Entry Workshop: Each semester, the Global Engagement Office will host a Re-Entry Workshop for returned students. See the University Calendar for up to date information.
Monthly Returnee Newsletter: All Study Abroad Returnees are subscribed to GEO's Returnee Newsletter. Once a month, GEO will send out information on global events on campus and in Austin, opportunities for global engagement and post graduate information, and ways to stay involved with GEO.
Graduation Regalia: Each semester, GEO will send a survey for returnees to claim their graduation regalia and display their study abroad experience at graduation. This email will be sent to those certified to graduate each term.
Volunteer with GEO: Join the GEO Volunteers Facebook group and sign up to help at GEO events.
Global Engagement Award
The Global Engagement Award is designed to help students harness their study abroad experience and continue their engagement in global arenas after their return home to the Hilltop.
Students will complete activities or workshops in five categories (professional development, social justice, community, service, and intercultural) that will guide them toward becoming global citizens.
Students can begin work to earn the Global Engagement Award once they return from a study abroad experience and can either complete all requirements within a semester or over the course of their remaining semesters at St. Edward's University.
Join the Global Engagement Award Canvas page to start earning the award!
Looking for more information?
How to Finance Study Abroad
Thinking about studying abroad? Read some tips from the assistant director of the Study Abroad Office on how to make study abroad a financial reality.