Resources for Students


 There are a variety of globally-focused opportunities for Sacred Heart students to take advantage of — both during and after college.  

In College

Service Programs Abroad

Consider spending your spring break Sacred Heart University sends students on international service and immersion trips through the Office of Volunteer Programs Service Learning. Students travel to Central America during spring break, with delegations to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Costa Rica. Each trip has a different origin and purpose; however, the overall purpose is to develop students’ understanding of poverty. These trips offer a unique experience that blends community service with a study abroad experience.

Clinical Interprofessional International Service Learning

The Colleges of Health Professions and Nursing supports global learning for all degree levels.  Mission trips are offered several times a year, to Jamaica and Guatemala. The Jamaica service learning program runs in the fall with a focus on pediatrics and medical-surgical practice.  The program focuses on interprofessional learning while providing free medical and major surgical care to the impoverished people of the urban Kingston area.  On average, each program provides primary care to over 1,000 people.  The Guatemala program emphasizes OB nursing.  Faculty and students work with local doctors in the village of Pastores near La Antigua, Guatemala to meet the needs of 1,157 patients.  Visits run twice a year in the Greater Panchoy Valley surrounding Antigua focusing on medical-surgical type practice, public health, obstetrics and pediatrics. 

International Student Services

Sacred Heart University is committed to the academic, personal, spiritual, and social well-being of our international students.  Located in Hawley Lounge in the Academic Building, the Student Life Office assists international students with any questions or concerns they may have about visa and immigration matters, adjusting to studying in the United States, or life at Sacred Heart.

Student Clubs

Sacred Heart University offers several student-run clubs and organizations with global or multicultural foci.  Returned study abroad students can also apply to the Global Ambassadors program.

Studying Abroad

Sacred Heart offers a variety of opportunities around the world for SHU and visiting students — with programming that supports a broad range of educational, professional, and personal objectives.  With more than 100 programs in over 30 countries, you can spend a semester, a year, a month, or two weeks abroad earning academic credit and gaining the kind of knowledge that only a study abroad experience can provide. Courses completed on a SHU study abroad program may fulfill general education, elective, or major/minor credits, enabling you, regardless of your academic plan, to study abroad and graduate according to your schedule. There is no better way to learn about yourself, expand your worldview, acquire marketable skills, and develop the habits of mind, heart, and spirit that will prepare you to engage purposefully in a global world.

After College

Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships

Distinguished scholarships and fellowships are nationally or internationally competitive awards that fund research or graduate studies. They offer opportunities to advance your learning, research, and career.

Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Fulbright offers competitive, merit-based grants for U.S. students. This prestigious program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants-chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.‌

MBA at SHU in Luxembourg

Sacred Heart University offers the only academically accredited MBA Program taught in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Opportunities at SHU in Luxembourg include the Welch MBA, the MBA with Internship, and a multiple graduate certificate programs.  Classroom instruction is in English.  Students enrolled in the Luxembourg program typically include professionals from many countries around the world. Given the growth of international business, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg provides an excellent setting for an MBA education. Economically, Luxembourg is one of the most vibrant countries in Western Europe, representing a variety of businesses and industries including manufacturing, finance, insurance and natural resources. In addition, Luxembourg is home to the largest concentration of banks in the European community. Sacred Heart University's John F. Welch College of Business is recognized for its focus on the worldwide marketplace and the advance of cutting-edge technology. The university uses state-of-the-art video technology to broadcast classes between the Fairfield, Connecticut and Luxembourg campuses, allowing students to collaborate in an international forum.

Peace Corps

The Peace Corps traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students at the University of Michigan to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Since that time, 210,000+ Peace Corps Volunteers have served in 139 host countries to work on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation, as well as working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.

The Peace Corps offers a unique experience to make a difference around the world and bring the benefits of that experience back home. The personal and professional rewards of Peace Corps service last a lifetime. Peace Corps has thousands of volunteer opportunities for Americans aged 18 or over who are interested in public service abroad. One of the goals of the Peace Corps is to help the people of other countries gain a better understanding of Americans and our multicultural society. The agency actively recruits people with a variety of backgrounds and experiences to best share our nation's greatest resource–its people–with the communities where Volunteers serve around the globe.