Finding the Right Program

Finding the Right Program


  • Attend an information session or a campus tabling event: These sessions are designed to help you learn about the different programs that we offer and will cover the basic information you need to know to about studying abroad.  Session details are announced on our Facebook page
  • Stop by Office of Global Affairs: We can help you with your initial program search, explain the application process, and put you in touch with our Global Ambassadors—former SHU study abroad students. 
  • Meet your faculty liaison:  Your department-specific faculty liaison can assist you in understanding how a study abroad program will fit into your major or minor.  They are here to assist you with your academic choices abroad and to help answer any questions about receiving major/ minor credit while abroad.  Each academic department and program has assigned a faculty member to serve as the Study Abroad Liaison.  Find your faculty liaison.
  • Talk with us: The Study Abroad team is your main point of contact for specific information about the programs.  After you have browsed through our program offerings the Coordinator will help guide you through all the details of the study abroad process. 
  • Get your travel documents together: You will need a valid passport to study abroad (valid for at least 6 months after the study abroad program end date).  It is your responsibility to make sure that you have obtained the necessary travel documents prior to departure.  If you have a passport, please check the expiration date now.  If you do not meet this requirement, please apply for a passport immediately. 
  • Fill out an online application: Once you have decided on a program you should fill out an online application and submit supporting documents.  The application button is located under the program of your choice.  Depending on your program, supporting documents may include:
    • a. $35 non-refundable application fee (check made payable to Sacred Heart University and returned to the OGA)
    • b. 1-2 page personal statement (uploaded to the online application)
    • c. Letter(s) of recommendation from your professors, if applicable (can be requested through the online application— students should contact professors before sending them an electronic recommendation request.)
      • Letter(s) must be written by professors who have taught you in a class.  Recommendations from mentors or supervisors will not be accepted
      • Requirements for letters of recommendation vary by program.  More information is available once you have started your online application.
    • d. Full university transcript
      • Some programs require an official transcript
      • Visiting students must submit official transcripts
    • e. Non-SHU students: Study Abroad Approval Form

Application Cycles

Applications will become available based on the following timeline:

  • Spring / Winter programs abroad: July
  • Fall / Year / Summer programs abroad: Late December

Application deadlines vary by program. 

In general, many programs follow the timeline below; however, you need to verify each program deadline by referring to the individual program page.

  • Fall/Academic Year/Summer Programs: February 15
  • Spring/Winter Programs: September 15-October 1 (Deadlines vary)

Search for study abroad programs now!