How to Apply


How to Apply

Start your journey. Apply to study abroad.

Application Process:

The study-abroad application process includes two phases:

  1. Applying for acceptance into a specific study-abroad program
  2. Applying to USJ for permission to study abroad

Steps to Apply

Step 1: Find the study abroad program that fits your academic, career, and personal needs. Look for programs by visiting the International Office and by using the USJ Study Abroad website and this program finder to search for approved study abroad programs. You can also fill out an “Initial Inquiry Form” (International Office will send it to you via e-mail). It's a good idea to speak with your academic adviser so that you have a clear idea regarding what credits you want to take abroad and how study abroad fits into your academic program.

Step 2: When you have narrowed down your options and are ready to apply for a program, please contact the International Office ([email protected]). Begin the application with your study abroad provider. 

Step 3: Inquire with the International Office and your study abroad provider regarding scholarships or grants for study abroad. (Then apply for them!)

Step 4: Fill out the “Financing Study Abroad Worksheet” and refer to the “Financial Aid Application Checklist”. Visit the Financial Aid Office.

Step 5: You now have: 1) a study abroad program that fits your career and personal goals, 2) a semester / summer to go abroad, and 3) a financial plan to pay for the employment-enhancing experience of study abroad. Good work!  Now, fill out the “Approval to Participate in Study Abroad” form and bring it to the International Office.

Step 6: At this point, you will be working with the provider to complete your pre-departure materials. You should also fill out all of the other paperwork needed at USJ:

  • The Information Sheet is self-explanatory.
  • The Study Abroad Checklist: This confirms you know your responsibilities regarding study abroad at USJ.
  • The Statement of Medical Coverage: This confirms that you have health insurance while abroad. In most cases, the study abroad provider will provide supplemental travel insurance in the cost of the program. If you are on a USJ exchange program, please ask the International Office regarding supplemental / comprehensive travel insurance plans.
  • The Code of Academic Integrity and Code of Conduct forms confirm you know your academic / behavior responsibilities while abroad.
  • The Study Abroad Assumption of Risk and Release of Liability form is an important legal document that must be signed before you travel. Please read it carefully!

These six forms should not take too much time to complete. When you have finished, turn them in to the International Office. When the Approval to Study Abroad form has been signed by all parties, you will receive a copy. Please retain a copy for your records.

Congratulations on investing in your future and fulfilling your goals with study abroad. Keep in contact with the International Office while abroad and when you return.

Application Deadlines

The following details USJ’s study-abroad application deadlines. Specific program deadlines may be different.

Fall Term or Academic Year Abroad

  • 10-12 months in advance
    Research study abroad programs and begin meeting with the Office of International Studies & Programs
  • 9 months in advance
    Begin the application process
  • April 1
    Complete your study abroad application to both your program provider and University of Saint Joseph

January Term, Spring Break or Spring Term Abroad

  • 10-12 months in advance
    Research study abroad programs and begin meeting with the Office of International Studies & Programs
  • 9 months in advance
    Begin the application process
  • November 1
    Complete your study abroad application to both your program provider and University of Saint Joseph

Summer Term Abroad

  • 10-12 months in advance
    Research study abroad programs and begin meeting with the Office of International Studies & Programs
  • 9 months in advance
    Begin the application process
  • March 1
    Complete your study abroad application to both your program provider and University of Saint Joseph