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!


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How 'Straya Changed My Life

Studying at Southern Cross University in Lismore was a dream come true! I have always been so interested in Australia and the lifestyle. This little town gave me a perfect understanding of how living as an Australian is. As we are a little further from the tourist areas, we were able to see the ordinary life of the Aussie's. Being on the other side of the world gave me the perfect excuse to travel to places I otherwise would not have been able to! I was able to visit Thailand, Bali, and many places in Australia that changed my outlook on life. To see different cultures and how people live in other parts of the world was incredibly eye-opening. I was able to create amazing relationships with people from all over the world throughout my traveling and have added a large number of countries to my list of places to visit. This program has motivated me to save up some money after I graduate in order to move back to Australia and spend the rest of my life here.
I was surprised to find out that Australia does, in fact, get pretty cold!! I came over believing it was always hot and sunny but was surprised when it started getting near freezing over night. One blanket was definitely not enough! To anyone who plans on visiting here in the future, try your best to travel to different countries! My time in Thailand could possibly be the best experience I have ever had. Being able to visit an ethical and responsible elephant sanctuary was a dream come true and something you really can't do anywhere else. However, even if you just stay around Lismore throughout your study abroad experience, you will have the time of your life!

What would you improve about this program?
This program was absolutely amazing. I only wish our apartments would have been cleaned a little better before we moved in! Other than that, I could not imagine this program getting any better.
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My First Study Aboard Trip

I recommend studying at Southern Cross University, lismore Campus to anyone who can afford it. It is a real eye opening experience to meet a bunch of new people from all over the world. I can say I have some long life friends from places like California, Germany, Japan, Australia and more. Australia really gave up the opportunity to travel and see some amazing places such as Bali, the Great Barrier Reef, sydeny opera house etc. The list goes on and on. If trying to decide a place to study aboard I 100 percent would choose Australia.

What would you improve about this program?
I would if you can warn students of costs without a car. Buses,taxis,trains are more expensive that they might seem. Also hidden cost like paying for WiFi data. But overall this program is amazing.
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Don't Panic, It's Alnwick

This past semester has been the best 3 months of my life. I not only was able to travel to 8 different countries because of England's prime location, but I made lifelong friends. Yes, I know that sounds cliche but it's true! The unique thing about this program is that you literally eat, sleep, and go to school in a castle. Nothing makes you feel better than walking through the gated entrance of the castle you get to call your home as security unlocks the old wooden doors, making you feel like royalty. The only downside was that I never saw the Duke and Duchess who lived there with us! Although, we did get a private tour of their living quarters before the castle was open to the public...
The best thing this unique program has to offer is the fact that a St. Cloud State faculty member lives at the castle year-round, making your transition easier. He was always available for questions, travel advice, or just a friendly face who forced you into doing events within the community. My biggest fear about studying abroad was being thrown into a different country with no one there to help me. Having a faculty member there with us throughout the semester eased any worry I had and was a great resource.
The education piece of my study abroad experience was unique as well. Half of the classes offered were taught by British professors and the other half were taught by St. Cloud State professors who traveled to Alnwick with us. The British professors taught "British related'" classes whereas the SCSU teachers taught their own classes from back home. It was amazing to be able to intertwine both the British culture and the American culture in an educational experience. All of the teachers worked together to try and get different parts of their classes to correlate. We also only had class Monday through Thursday. Every Friday we took field trips to different parts of the country. We went as far north as Edinburgh, Scotland and as far south as York, England. Each field trip was its own unique experience, no two trips were ever the same. An extra day without class wasn't so bad either...
My favorite experience from studying abroad in Alnwick, England was going out to the local pubs and hanging out with the other students. Because Alnwick is a smaller town, every time we went out we were able to meet up with people we had previously met and made relationships that lasted long into the semester. Every time we went out we met someone new and someone old which made for a great experience. It made making friends really easy and really comfortable.
I am so glad I was able to study abroad as a freshman in college. I think it is something everyone should have the opportunity to do! This past semester gave me new experiences and submerged me in new cultures I never thought I would encounter. Alnwick will definitely see my face again one day!

What would you improve about this program?
I think the biggest improvement for this program is in regards to communication. We got our flight information and itinerary only a few weeks before we were scheduled to leave. There was also a change in our departure date which we were not notified of. There were also multiple occasions where field trips or extra activities were scheduled with little to no time in advance so some students had to miss what was being planned. Overall, I think the program was very well run and I would definitely recommend to other students. Even with a program needing improvements, it is hard to complain about it seeing as we had the privilege of living in a castle and traveling the world.
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Alnwick Experience

I absolutely fell in love with England and the freedom of traveling on this trip! We were given the opportunity to go on a field trip every Friday, where natives of the area helped us explore all of the beauty the United Kingdom has to offer. But what really stands out to me about this experience was how studying abroad changed me personally; I never before had realized how much was truly out there. I grew up in a very secluded, rural Mid-Western community, that handed me all of the comforts small town USA has to offer. I was always rather content with my safe, little town, hidden in a corner away from the rest of the world. I spent every night at the hometown football game, rooting on our boys and every Sunday at church with all of my next door neighbors. I was both blessed and cursed with the love and close-mindedness of a small town. But after I decided to study abroad on a whim, I discovered how much of the world I was really missing, and how different people from different cultures really make this world quite lovely. I suppose traveling and leaving my comfort zone in hopes of finding something a little more set a fire off inside of me; I am no longer content to sit back and watch the world pass before me: I want to be part of that world. I want to continue to discover, create, imagine, dream, and fall in love with the new places I go and the unique people I'll meet. If I attempted summarize my experience briefly I would say this: I finally learned how it feels to go with the wind, to disregard any previous inhibitions and just free fall, and I fell in love with England. If that in't the world's purest beauty, what is?

What would you improve about this program?
This program could be giving students more notice in regards to changes in the program field trips, because it sometimes prohibited independent travel. However, this is such a unique program because it offers so much structured travel, so I'm still very grateful for the opportunity for these guided field trips.
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One of the Best Experiences of My Life!

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.

What would you improve about this program?
It's been 21 years since I lived there, so much has already been improved upon, like electric heat in the sleeping rooms. :-)


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because of the location. While studying abroad in one location is an amazing opportunity in and of itself, I also wanted to be able to take advantage of traveling to other countries besides where I was staying. England ended up being the perfect location. I was able to go to as close as Scotland and Ireland, to as far away as Malta, a tiny island off the coast of Italy. Over the course of 3 months, I was able to travel to 7 different countries. It was an amazing experience!

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

This program was very unique because a St. Cloud faculty member lives and works at Alnwick Castle. He is there as a resource for you to use whenever you need it. He is literally one text away. The university assisted us with information on classes and our flight to and from England. Once we were there, the university still had a big influence to our class schedule and Friday field trips.

The main thing we had to organize on our own was any extra travel plans we had. Even with faculty members staying at the castle with us and having resources we could tap into, they encouraged us to figure things out for ourselves.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Because extra traveling on weekends and breaks was such an important part to studying abroad for me, I would encourage other students who are thinking about going on this program to start brainstorming ideas of where they would like to travel.

If you want to make the most out of your experience, you have to start travel planning right away.

My friends and I spent the first 2 weeks of our time abroad booking flights and hotels. If I had already looked at where I wanted to go, I could've managed to cross a few more countries off my list!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

This program had a pretty set, regular schedule when it came to classes and extra activities. Classes were Monday through Thursday every week starting around 9 and either ending at 5, or an occasional late night class that ended no later than 7:30. Even though night classes sound bad, it was actually a lot of fun! It also split up the day so you weren't constantly sitting in class.

We were also provided lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday. A hot breakfast is also being provided Monday, and then resources were given to us to make our own breakfast the rest of the week.

On Fridays, we had field trips to different regions of the country provided by the university. They gave us a bagged breakfast and lunch to go along with the field trips. The field trips lasted all day and were guided by one of the British professors who taught a couple of classes during the week.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

The fact that I decided to study abroad my first year of college, leaving all my friends behind, gave me the fear that I would be living and traveling alone for 3 months because I wouldn't make any new friends. This was definitely not the case! I ended up meeting some of the nicest people I never would have encountered on the St. Cloud campus. After becoming good friends, we all talked about how scared we were about coming to England alone. We were all in the same boat!

You just have to put yourself out there and get over the initial stage of making friends, and it will end up being a great experience! If I were to study abroad again, I would not be so scared of going alone. This past semester has instilled an independence that put that fear behind me.