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SLU Study Abroad Programs

COVID-19 Information for Education Abroad Programs: Saint Louis University’s Office of International Services is monitoring resources related to COVID-19 and is in communication with all university partners across the globe.

The SLU Health Advisory: Coronavirus webpage is regularly updated.

Following CDC guidelines, Saint Louis University recommends that students returning from countries with a Level 3 Travel Health notice follow the self-quarantine and self-monitoring guidelines. This is to help ensure that travelers limit contact with others and to monitor themselves for symptoms. The CDC website also has a list of countries considered “high risk."

The Office of International Services is monitoring the worldwide situation through sources including:

U.S. State Department Travel Advisories
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization
GeoBlue Health Insurance

General information regarding health and safety resources can be found on our website.

Fall 2021 Updates: Saint Louis University has evaluated study abroad programs for fall 2021. The health and safety of our students is our highest priority. SLU also knows how important study abroad is for students to become a better thinker and compassionate individual while gaining understanding of other cultures.

We examined the return of study abroad for fall 2021 based on multiple aspects: travel restrictions and the possibility to obtain a student visa (if necessary); the preparations and resources of individual programs; and the state of the COVID-19 pandemic. Evaluations were also be based on travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State and the Center for Disease Control.

For spring 2022, programs will be evaluated on the same criteria. 

The SLU International Travel Advisory Committee supports SLU students studying abroad at the SLU-Madrid campus for the fall 2021 semester. Students should work with their study abroad counselor to complete their necessary pre-departure items. Participation in non-Madrid programs has been limited to selected programs for fall 2021.

As a Jesuit institution, SLU also must consider the well-being of communities abroad. This means to put the greater good over our own preferences. 

See FAQs About Fall 2021-Spring 2022 Study Abroad

A World of Possibilities  

Saint Louis University offers more than 50 study abroad programs all over the world, including at our Madrid, Spain, campus and our new SLU-sponsored program, Casa Belize.

Study for your biology class on the Spanish steps in Rome. Gain international business experience through an internship in Belgium. Volunteer with a local non-governmental organization in Vietnam.

Wherever you go, you’ll expand your worldview; gain an appreciation and understanding of a different culture; and become a better thinker, problem solver and compassionate individual.

Planning on Going Abroad?

Whether you want to travel for as long as a year or as little as a week, all SLU-approved programs can be found through our online database. Sort, share and compare them to find exactly what you want.

Explore SLU's Study Abroad Options

You can participate in study abroad programs that are not officially sanctioned by SLU, but the process is a little different. Whether it’s a program at a university where you’ve always wanted to study or an opportunity to intern in another country, we can help you experience the world on your own terms.

Non-SLU­-Approved Study Abroad Programs

Independent International Experiences

Application Deadlines to Study Abroad

Most students study abroad their sophomore or junior year. Talk to your academic advisor early in your time at SLU to determine which semester will be best for you and which courses might be involved. Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing in order to apply and to study abroad. 

If you’re a transfer student, you must spend at least one semester at our St. Louis, Missouri, campus before applying to go abroad.

Your application is due one semester before you wish to study abroad (see below for dates). If you are not able to complete your application by the recommended deadline, please contact the study abroad team for additional information.

  • Spring Semester programs: June 1
  • Fall Semester programs: March 1
  • Summer Sessions: March 1

Facts & Figures


Students who spent time abroad during the 2015­-16 school year


Countries represented at the SLU­-Madrid campus each semester