It is a common misconception that you have to be a lottery winner or be related to Bill Gates in order to afford studying abroad.  Well my friends, I am here to tell you that although being related to Bill Gates would be very cool, it is not a necessary requirement to be able to afford your time abroad.

Scholarships and Financial Aid
The cost to study abroad varies by program, but for the most part it is VERY comparable to SLU tuition, usually a little bit less. Something unique about the SLU-approved study abroad programs is that any financial aid or scholarships that you have from SLU (except athletic scholarships) travels with you during your semester or year abroad. During my own semester abroad, due to the amount of my personal financial aid awards and the cost of tuition in Spain, my parents actually received a check back from SLU. Granted, that money was quickly spent due to my shopping habit abroad, but nonetheless, it saved us some money.

Help with Travel Expenses
As far as those extra costs such as flights, shopping and traveling while abroad, there are tons of scholarships out there to help absorb some of those costs. At, you can find links to all kinds of external study abroad scholarships. Some of these scholarships are for students studying in a specific country or studying a certain language, while others are for anyone who wishes to study abroad. The SLU website also provides links to some study abroad scholarship databases where you can put in your specific criteria and search for scholarships that are applicable to your specific situation.

Additional Scholarships

  • The Boren Awards look to serve students dedicated to pursuing an international and/or language intensive study abroad experience.
  • The Gilman International Scholarship allows for students from lower income families to have the opportunity to study abroad. You must currently be receiving a Federal Pell Grant to be eligible for the Gilman Scholarship.
  • Rotary Club or Kiwanis International provide scholarships to students who wish to cultivate their education through international study.

The resources to afford studying abroad are there, you just have to do a little research and apply!

If you would like to find out more about study abroad opportunities at SLU, please contact the Office of International Services at, 314-977-4081 or SLU’s Study Abroad website.



Situated on the Pacific coast of Central America, El Salvador is between Guatemala and Honduras. The smallest of the Central American countries, El Salvador’s area is equal to that of Massachusetts. Most of the country is on a fertile volcanic plateau.

Founded in 1525, San Salvador was the second city in Central America. Today, it is the capital and largest city of the country. San Salvador is the center of El Salvador’s trade and communications. Beer, tobacco products, clothing, textiles, pottery, ceramics and soap are produced there. The population of the metropolitan area is nearly 2 million.

San Salvador is also home to Estadio Custatlán, the largest soccer venue in Central America and the Caribbea, with a capacity of more than 45,000 and an LED screen more than 40 meters in height.


The most iconic part of the city of San Salvador is its San Salvador Volcano. It provides striking views of the city, with El Picacho (its highest peak) reaching nearly 2000 meters above sea level. The volcano last erupted in 1917.


This program is offered through Santa Clara University at the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA), one of the most prestigious institutions in El Salvador. Volunteer opportunities and immersion are a cornerstone of this program. Students are paired with fellow classmates and assigned field placements in a local Salvadoran marginal/poor community. They work two full days each week with that community for the entire semester. Students live together in a learning community near the University of Central America. Students live in one of three houses, Casa Romero, Casa Silvia or Casa Ita, which are located just a minute walk from one another.


To learn more about our study abroad program in San Salvador, El Salvador, visit our website.


You’re Studying Abroad – Now Which Program?

Congratulations! You’ve just made one of the best decisions of your life, the decision to study abroad. Whether you’ve always wanted to travel abroad, or if it’s a relatively new idea of yours, I can assure you, studying abroad will be not only a highlight of your college career, but of your lifetime.

Picking the right program is an important part of making sure you optimize your time to study abroad. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide:

What Are You Looking for in Your Study Abroad Experience?
To help you figure out where to go, ask yourself some questions:

  • Are you looking to really master that French language?
  • Are you interested in learning more about Asian cultures and want to finally see the Great Wall of China?
  • Do you want to immerse yourself in family-centered culture of Central America by living with a host family?
  • Are you a music enthusiast ready to live in the very same city that inspired the music of composers such as Mozart and Strauss?
  • Do you want to study abroad in a location where you have ample opportunity to travel throughout the region?
  • Have you always had the dream to travel to Australia, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, learn how to surf, and embrace the laid back Aussie lifestyle?

Remember, no one study abroad location is “better” or “worse” than another. Each program SLU offers is different and unique. Each student’s study abroad experience is also vastly different from the next.

What Should You Research Before You Pick a Program?

  • Check out  SLU’s Study Abroad website. It has a lot of information on the program specifics such as living arrangements, host universities, any language requirements, etc.
  • Talk to former students who have studied at that location. The study abroad office can provide you with a list of previous students if you don’t know any.
  • Look up some of the different trips you can take while you are abroad. For example, if you decide to study abroad in mainland Europe, traveling around Europe itself is fairly easy and inexpensive. Or, if you decide to study in Ecuador, you could potentially visit places in two of the world’s hemispheres.
  • Cost of living and culture may be some other factors to take into consideration. If you want to study abroad in Thailand, it might be helpful to read up on some the customs and norms of that culture.

Once you have done enough research, talked to some people and asked all of your questions, it might be beneficial to make some pro and con lists for each program to help you make your decision.  The study abroad counselors are also always available to help you make your decision as well as guide you through the application and preparation process.

When Should You Start Your Study Abroad Experience?

  • Decide if you want to go for a summer, semester or year. Take into consideration what would be best for your major.
  • Sit down and make a list of what you want to do and see during your time abroad. Do you want to see what winter’s like in Austria? Or what spring is like in France?
  • Talk with your academic advisors NOW to get the logistical timing of going abroad squared away.  This way, when it comes time to apply for a program, there are no surprises and you stay on track to graduate.

Studying abroad is a fabulous way to explore a new part of the world, broaden your cultural horizons and learn something about yourself. Whatever it is you’re looking for, SLU has a program that is a good fit for you. Wherever and whenever you decide to study abroad, you will cherish every moment of it.

Contact the Study Abroad Office for more information.



My name is Katie and I am senior here at SLU.  I’m studying International business, Management, and Spanish. I studied abroad at the Saint Louis University Madrid campus in Spain the second semester of my sophomore year. I will be writing throughout the semester to provide tips and tricks I learned while studying abroad.


College is the time in our lives where we are truly independent. It’s a time to try new things, get involved in new groups and organizations, make new friends, and most importantly, it is a time to learn. Why not enhance this learning experience by studying abroad?


Studying abroad is becoming a common trend among college students in the United States, including our own Global Billikens. Becoming a culturally aware global citizen is a quality necessary for an increasingly international world. Spain was a great fit for me, but I have friends who have studied in all of our different study abroad destinations.


This fall 2012 semester, Saint Louis University has over 180 undergraduate students on five continents, and in 16 different countries. SLU students are not only exploring, but studying and living in:

Spain Thailand England Ireland
El Salvador South Korea Italy Belgium
Ecuador China France Switzerland
Chile Sweden Germany Australia


Whatever area of the world or travel destination interests you, I encourage all students to study abroad. You will learn things, meet people and have experiences that will have a tremendous impact on not just your university experience, but also the rest of your life.

I can personally say that studying abroad changed my life. Not only was it a highlight of my college career, but also I came away with some great experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

If you would like to find out more about study abroad opportunities at SLU, please contact the Office of International Services at, 314-977-4081 or SLU’s Study Abroad website.



A trade center, city of poets, of kings and queens, cathedrals and traditions, London is a capital city of 8 million people. Straddling the River Thames, London offers green parks, museums, monuments and elegant shopping streets.

More than 40 live theater companies, five major orchestras, plus several opera and ballet companies make London their home. Scores of performances, concerts and recitals make London a cultural center of Europe.

The British Museum, the Queen’s Gallery, the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery provide opportunities to view many of the world’s great art treasures. More than 200 other museums and galleries covering a variety of subjects await the curious student in London.

London’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, heritage, innovation, youth culture and academic riches draw people from all over the world. In fact, London is the world’s most visited city.

In 2012, London became the first city to host the Olympic Games for a third time.


Big Ben is the nickname for the great bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster in London. The clock tower holds the largest four-faced chiming clock in the world.


Regent’s American College London is located in Regent’s Park, one of the most attractive royal parks in the heart of London. The park boasts a boating lake, the London Zoo, the Queen’s Rose Garden, the College’s own open air theatre,  various dining venues and much more. The study abroad students are fully immersed with classes of full-time degree seeking students who come from more than 50 countries, thus offering an international experience that is truly unsurpassed. The majority of the faculty are British, bringing a unique perspective and local flavor to the classroom. Specialized courses also provide incredible opportunities for study abroad students to immerse themselves in local history. Students share rooms on campus.


To learn more about our study abroad program in London, England, visit our website.

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