FAQ About International Studies

What should my other major be?

International studies requires another major. The primary area of interest is specific to each individual student and often takes some exploration. Many possibilities exist at Saint Louis University for your primary area of interest. Currently there are four colleges and 28 primary majors represented by our students: Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Communication Science and Disorders, Environmental Science, Economics, Education, English, French, History, International Business, Italian, Math, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Russian,  Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Theatre, Theology, Urban Affairs and Women's Studies.

I took a two week trip last summer to London; could this count as my study abroad requirement?

Although traveling to foreign countries is always enriching, this would not be applicable to the study abroad requirement. An immersion experience in another country can be an intensive summer, fall or spring semester. The immersion experience usually occurs in the sophomore or junior year. Occasionally students have fulfilled the immersion experience requirement with an internship or employment opportunity.

Do you offer scholarships for studying abroad?

The university makes studying abroad very viable. You can find scholarship and financial aid information at the Office of International Services website.  The Center for International Studies administers the Joe Adorjan Scholarship.

May I study abroad at a non-affiliated SLU approved university?

Yes, it is possible to study at universities other than those exchanges or programs offered at Saint Louis University. These individually designed study abroad experiences require more planning and organization prior to departure to provide for a smooth transition of course approvals and ultimately, transfer of coursework.

I'm an international student studying at SLU in St. Louis; can I be an international studies major?

Yes. Studying here serves as your study abroad experience. Additionally, if you speak a language other than English (possibly your native language) then you would also have the language requirement fulfilled. A careful review of your previous coursework from another institution could have applicability to the major requirements as well.

I'm transferring from the Madrid campus where I studied international relations, are the programs similar?

The two programs are distinctly different and have varying requirements. There are possible courses that will have "cross-over" or be applicable to both programs, however. The best way to get a definitive course of study review and recommendations is to contact an advisor for each program directly. For international studies on the St. Louis campus, please contact Mary Wolf at wolfma@slu.edu.

Do I have to take a proficiency level language course to complete the language requirement for the major?

No, not necessarily. You can also fulfill the language requirement by testing to the proficiency level.

What courses count toward the major?

Course offerings vary from semester to semester. Each semester the Center publishes a listing of all course attributes (courses that count toward the international studies major). See Spring 2016. For a review of your previous coursework see the advisor in The Center for International Studies, wolfma@slu.edu (Mary Wolf)

I've already done an internship last summer. Can that count toward the required internship experience?

Internships require prior approval and must have an international component to the service learning experience. Most importantly, if a previous internship experience is to be applied it must show on your transcript as course credit to count towards the major. There is a possibility of an internship from another department being applicable to international studies. For specific requirements for ISTD 491 Internship in International Studies see the Internship Form.

How do you set up an internship?

Because the major is individualized for each major the best way to initiate your internship experience is to acquaint yourself with the requirements, see the internship section of our website for possible internship sites, and then source and apply to each site experience that interests you. Ideally, the internship should encompass both of your majors to be the most beneficial experience for you. As always, please feel free to check with your advisor if you have any questions.

I am very interested in international studies but I only have a 2.6 GPA, is it possible for me to be a major?

Yes, it is possible for you to be an international studies major because the requirement of a 3.0 GPA is specific for the overall GPA at the time of graduation. 

What career possibilities are there?

Center for International Studies offers a lot of career possibilities, many of them depend on students other majors and other areas of interest.

International Law, immigration law, banking, investment, management, marketing, advertising, tourism;

Local, state, federal government agencies, foreign service, Peace Corps;

International divisions of U.S. government, trade agriculture, health, population, education, immigration;

NGO's (Non-Governmental Organizations): CARE International, Oxfam International, World Vision International, Save the Children Alliance, MBA's without Borders, Mercy Corps, etc;

Public interest and service organizations (chamber of commerce, United Nations agencies, Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders);

Transnational shipping firms, air and rail transportation;

Research organizations and "think tanks"

Private organizations such as the National Academy of Sciences, the Office of International Affairs, the Washington Office on Africa, the Diplomatic Language Services, Catholic Relief Services, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps

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