St. Cloud State University Education Abroad
98% Rating
(11 Reviews)

St. Cloud State University Education Abroad

St. Cloud State University Education Abroad has many different programs to suit your needs.

We offer summer programs, spring break, winter intersession, semester long, and year long programs. If we don't have a program that suits your need, then we can also help you find a program that will and still get SCSU credits! The possibilities really are endless!

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Jennifer
Female
42 years old
Minneapolis, MN
Saint Cloud State University

One of the Best Experiences of My Life!

10/10

21 years after living in Alnwick Castle, some of my closest friends today are the people I lived with then. I changed my major as a result of living in the castle and am so happy that I did. I've been an Anglophile my whole life, so having this chance to live in an English castle was kind of like a fairy tale. And that was BEFORE Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey were filmed there and it's popularity exploded! Now it is even more of a destination to visit, and to say I lived there is priceless. A college study abroad program is a once in a lifetime opportunity that I think everyone should take advantage of if they can. I'm forever grateful for the friends and the memories I made during my time there.

How can this program be improved?

It's been 21 years since I lived there, so much has already been improved upon, like electric heat in the sleeping rooms. :-)

Anna Morris
Anna
Female
26 years old
Berkeley, CA
Saint Cloud State University

Short Term Study Abroad in South Africa

10/10

Before I graduated, I wanted to squeeze in one more study abroad opportunity (albeit short term!). I signed up for a upper-level ethnic studies course which included an (optional) trip to South Africa to experience what we were learning about in the classroom in real life. The ethnic studies course was taught by an excellent SCSU faculty member who had personal insight into the political dynamics, struggles and progress in South Africa.

To prepare for the trip, we did a series of essays, required readings and lectures. Notably, we were assigned to complete Nelson Mandela's autobiography, "A Long Walk to Freedom". This was a perfect read to prepare us to experience historical sites including: Robben Island, Soweto, the Voting Line sculpture and more.

We started in Johannesburg and flew to Port Elizabeth where we spent the bulk of our visit. From there, we wrapped up in Cape Town. This trip was a lovely mix of fun, learning, structured and free time. I learned a lot about South African culture, was able to experience it a bit first hand and earned university credit necessary for my undergrad degrees -- a perfect combination!

One of my favorite days on the trip was one where we had a panel discussion / open forum with the student government undergrads at NMMU (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University). It was a unique experience to be able to converse with them about their experiences growing up in South Africa and their perspective on the Rainbow nation.

Overall, I highly recommend this program to St. Cloud State University and non-SCSU students alike!

How can this program be improved?

This program ran very smoothly. We packed a lot in and learned / experienced a lot of unique things in South Africa. I wish we had more time to spend with the South African students in Port Elizabeth as I took so much away from the great discussions we had with them. I really appreciated their perspectives.

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Ella
Female
24 years old
Saint Cloud, MN
Saint Cloud State University

Too Amazing

10/10

My time in Australia was beyond amazing! It has always been on my bucket list and I was finally able to cross it off! I literally fell in love with it the minute I landed! The weather was gorgeous, the people were the best family I have had and all the opportunities available while being there were outstanding! I would definitely recommend this program, no questions asked!

It was great to be able to be submerged into the Australian culture. Everything about it was memorable. I wish I could go back right now!

How can this program be improved?

To go longer!!

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Aaron
Male
23 years old
Minnesota

Dreamworld

10/10

If you want to go to a country where the whole country looks like a page out of a "National Geographic" book. Go to Australia. Within the first week I fell completely in love with this amazing country. Coming from central Minnesota, there is not too many hills or mountains of any sort in the area. Within an hour or so of being in the country I saw bigger hills and mountains than I have ever seen in my life.
Another great thing about Australia that Minnesota doesn't have, the beach. The ocean is incredible! My first time ever going to the ocean, at the age of 20, was at Byron Bay in Australia. Only a quick 45 minute drive away from the beloved Lismore, and easily one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire country.
The only thing that might be better than the scenery in Australia is the people you meet there. Minnesotans are known for being "Minnesota nice", Minnesota nice is nothing compared to the niceness that Australians treat people with. Hands down some of the nicest and most generous people on earth. Besides meeting and befriending heaps of Australians, my fellow SCSU students and myself met so many people from around the world and around America, which just opens up more, and more opportunities to travel in the future! In the few months of being in America, I have already had the pleasure to get to travel to New Jersey and visit some of the absolutely incredible friends that I met while studying at SCU.
Australia gives you the opportunity to do some of the most amazing things you'll ever do in your life. I can hands down say that scuba diving in the great barrier reef is the most incredible experience of my life, and its dying real fast, so you better get there soon! I also got to Climb the Sydney Harbor Bridge, share a drink with some mates at the Sydney Opera house, learn to surf, spend my 21st birthday in the Gold Coast with my favorite people on the planet, and run with wild kangaroos, while also falling in love with camping.
Oh and did I even mention New Zealand?!? New Zealand is only a short plane ride away from Australia and in a definitely a "must go" country. The majority of the country is mountains, especially the Southern Island. It is also the location where the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed, which is a big plus when travelling to New Zeal are someone that is trying to grow as a person, see new things, meet new people, and completely change who you are as a person: the greatest decision of your life to go to Australia should be "Too Easy".

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Justin
Male
23 years old
St. Cloud, MN
Saint Cloud State University

Won't regret it

9/10

Going to Australia was by far the best decision I have made in my young life. While I was there I was able to connect with people across the country like New York, New Jersey, California and North Carolina. I also met people from other countries and am good friends with a guy that lives in London. The people there were very friendly and encouraging to get us involved in activities. I was able to go to Sydney for 5 days during my birthday weekend where I did the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb, I went to Cairns where I went scuba diving and snorkeling in The Great Barrier Reef and I also went skydiving. At the end of my trip I was able to fit in an 8 day trip from North Island New Zealand to South Island. I will never forget the things I got to experience and Australia will always have a special place in my heart.

How can this program be improved?

If the trip to the outback was included in the tuition price like it was for a couple of other schools from the states.

Program Listings

United Kingdom

St. Cloud State University Education Abroad
The purpose of the British Studies Center in Alnwick, England is to give students an opportunity to spend a semester in a cul...

Australia

St. Cloud State University Education Abroad
This semester-long exchange program facilitated by St. Cloud State University offers students an unforgettable cultural and a...

South Africa

St. Cloud State University Education Abroad
The SCSU Education Abroad program in South Africa is located in Port Elizabeth on the coast of the Indian Ocean. The host uni...