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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.

For students returning to the U.S., the SLU Health Advisory: Coronavirus webpage is updated daily.

Spring 2020 students who have been told to return home should contact for any questions.

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.

Planning for fall 2020:  At this time, we are proceeding with registration for fall 2020 study abroad programs and recommend students register for their study abroad courses through the host program. We will evaluate all programs by June 15. Although we are hopeful that these programs will run in the fall, we cannot predict if this global pandemic will have subsided by then. 

Students should talk with their academic advisors to determine what courses are offered on the SLU St. Louis, Missouri, campus in fall in the event that they will need to withdraw from the study abroad programs due to travel restrictions or program cancellation. The Office of the University Registrar has made temporary system changes to allow fall 2020 Madrid study abroad students to enroll in classes at the St. Louis campus and the Madrid campus. Students participating in non-Madrid programs can also register for courses on the Missouri campus. If students want to register for classes on the St. Louis campus, they may review curriculum plans and the schedule of classes to determine a fall schedule and register for classes. 

If, on June 15, we determine that we will have to cancel study abroad programs for fall due to travel restrictions or program cancellation, students will be notified and need to drop their study abroad classes. 

If it is determined to move forward with the fall 2020 study abroad program, students will be notified and dropped from their St. Louis campus courses.

The Office of International Services cannot guarantee all students will get into the class of choice on the SLU campus (when registering in June) if the study abroad programs are canceled.

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