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The Education Abroad Office is physically closed at this time, but we are available and committed to serve students, faculty, and staff virtually.
June 11, 2020 Update: Seattle University has suspended participation in all Fall 2020 education abroad programs and will not honor credits earned through study abroad during this period. Please consult the FAQ Fall 2020 Suspension or contact Gina Lopardo, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Jumpstart your global educational experience with a visit to the Education Abroad Office (EAO). It is our core belief that educational experiences abroad build vital global awareness and citizenry, we are your number one resource as you study, serve or intern abroad.
We help you find the meaningful study abroad opportunities that fit you and your path at Seattle University. With over 500 students participating in International Programs annually, we support you as you navigate the vast options available, find programs that help you earn credit toward your degree, prepare you for your time away and assist in your reintegration upon return.
We also support faculty and staff as they develop their own programs and advise their students on how and when to incorporate a study abroad experience into their academic plans and schedules.
To start your journey abroad, our Explore Programs page offers a wealth of information, from Programs, Financial Planning, to Health and Safety and much more. Once you meet with an advisor, we will introduce you to your Horizons portal and other tools to help you prepare to launch your education abroad experience. Redhawk students fly far and wide to discover more about themselves, gain field and language experience and develop themselves as global citizens. Our Hawks Around the World blog is a place to get an inside view into the experiences of fellow Redhawks.
My name is Claire and I’m a fourth-year Criminal Justice and Psychology double major at Seattle University. I’m traveling to Berlin, Germany to better my German language skills and to further understand the culture.
"I am currently pursuing an B.S. in Marine & Conservation Biology and a Film Studies minor. I am interested in wildlife photography and videography as it relates to conservation and protection. My dream job is to be part of the videography crew for Blue Planet showcasing the incredible life of our world, and especially our oceans in hopes of captivating audiences towards protecting natural ecosystems."
"I am a senior double majoring in English Literature and Spanish at Seattle University! I am spending my Fall semester studying abroad in Granada, Spain with IES and will be completing the majority of my Spanish double major requirements before I graduate in the Spring. I am filled with excitement, nervousness, and curiosity and thrilled to take you along my journey abroad. ¡Hasta luego!"
Adilia is a Environmental Studies major with a focus on Environmental Education and Community and a minor in Writing Studies. Adilia is spending Fall Semester 2019 in Ghana with USAC Ghana at the University of Ghana. Read her entry "My Study Abroad Game Plan".
Rachel Adamek spent the summer studying Korean in Busan, South Korea as an awardee of the 2019 U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program. In 2019, Rachel was one of only 550 competitively selected American students representing 233 colleges and universities across the United States to receive a CLS award. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills in languages that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world, contributing to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.
486 US students and 19 International Students participated in international study, internships, & volunteer programs
in 44 countries from Summer 2016 to Spring 2017.
29 students participated in more than one program during the academic year!
Top destinations include, Spain, Nicaragua, Italy, Mexico, and France.
28% of Sophomores and 17% of Seniors were able to participate and earn credit towards their Major, Minor, University Core, and General Electives
While students go abroad during the summer, 195 students participated in semester-long, quarter long, or academic year programs.
Above SU's enrollment %, Education Abroad Office hopes to continue to promote education abroad to students of historically underrepresented backgrounds.
Sponsored programs are selected partner programs and Exchange programs are selected partner universities. 265 participated in Faculty-led programs, both long-term and short-term programs.
While it is difficult for STEM students, 11% of students are from the College of Science and Engineering
Exchange: Hull, England Fall 2017 & Sponsored: Auckland, New Zealand Spring 2018
My experience abroad definitely gave me the chance to take a step back and reevaluate my life in the United States. After a year of being abroad, I found my priorities and life/career goals had changed. I see myself living abroad again, either temporarily or permanently. Who knows? I’ll go again with no hesitation whatsoever.
Studying abroad provided me with opportunities to not only learn a new language and culture, but to learn about myself. The growth I underwent, away from some of the day-to-day pressures I faced in Seattle, helped me develop a sense of comfort in my own skin. Although there were difficulties, the positive impact of my experience outweighs them. I am grateful for the time I spent in France, and would do it over again.