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Study Abroad & International Opportunities

Hello there, next generation of global citizens and leaders.

Looking to travel, experience world cultures, and develop a global perspective? You’ve come to the right place. DeSales University has the right international experience for you. For your major. For your goals. 

Wanderers are most welcome here. 

  • Service learning programs in Kolkata, India; Nicaragua; and South Africa
  • International trips for varsity athletic competitions 
  • Courses with a global travel component
  • International Spring Break trips
  • Extensive Study Abroad agreements where you can study for a semester for the same cost as your DeSales tuition —and you can use your financial aid!
Travel Abroad with DeSales University

Study Abroad Locations

  • American College of Greece (Athens, Greece)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Athens, Greece through a partnership with the American College of Greece (ACG). Founded in Smyrna, Asia Minor, in 1875, by missionaries from Boston, Massachusetts, ACG is the oldest and largest U.S. accredited college or university in Europe. 

    For 135 years, The American College of Greece has served as a pioneering agent of globalization, cultivating a fertile intellectual and cultural collaboration between Greece and the United States.  Today,  The American College of Greece operates a high school, PIERCE, DEREE undergraduate and graduate school and ALBA Graduate Business School at The American College of Greece.

    ACG is home to nearly 4,000 students from 55 countries. ACG offers a comprehensive program spanning secondary, undergraduate, graduate and continuing education on a breathtaking 64-acre campus in the quiet Athens suburb of Aghia Paraskevi and a satellite campus in the bustling center of Athens.  The oldest and largest college accredited by The New England Association of Colleges and Schools, the College is justifiably proud of its more than 33,000 accomplished alumni living in Greece, the United States and around the world.

  • Catholic University of Lyon (Lyon, France)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Lyon, France through a partnership with the Catholic University of Lyon. The university was founded in 1875 and combines respect for Christian heritage with a spirit of openness. With its location at the heart of a regional capital, its close ties to business and strong international links, it seeks to promote academic excellence, creativity and integrity. 

    Lyon's rich cultural heritage reflects the various eras of the city's development, from ancient times to the Renaissance era up to modern age. Cultural life in Lyon is vibrant. The city hosts international events, such as the biannual Festivals of Dance and Contemporary Art and the annual Festival of Lights that takes place on December 8. These major cultural events are open to the city and its inhabitants. The city also has an impressive cultural infrastructure, with 30 or so museums, 15 libraries, a plethora of theatres and the Maison de la Danse, an innovative dance theatre.

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  • DeSales University Rome Campus (Rome, Italy)

    Imagine waking up in Rome, walking the tree-lined streets of your Roman neighborhood, and climbing the steps to the top of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica, where you catch a spectacular view of the city and the distant Colli Albani hills. In the afternoon, you catch the Metro and speed uptown to Piazza Bologna for your classes in a charming Roman palazzo. After class, you and your friends have dinner "al fresco" at your favorite local pizzeria and then take a leisurely walk along the River Tiber. 

    As a student at DeSales University, you have the unique opportunity to study abroad in Rome for the same cost as a semester at DeSales.

    A select few students will also have the opportunity to participate in one of four internship spaces available within the Vatican: two spaces at the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, and two spaces at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

    A DeSales University faculty member will be in residence in Rome during the semester and will teach courses in the program.

  • International University in Geneva (Geneva, Switzerland)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Geneva, Switzerland through a partnership with the International University in Geneva.  

    Ranked among the top ten universities in Switzerland, the International University in Geneva (IUG) is an accredited academic institution specializing in business education. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Business Administration, International Relations, Media and Communication and International Trade.

    The curriculum features a unique combination of theoretical and practical instruction, with a particular focus on international business practices. The international exchange program offers an opportunity for students to study at renowned universities worldwide.

    The International University in Geneva has established a network, developing a unique Europe, USA, Central and South America, Asia and the Middle East, to spend one semester at IUG and be credited at their institution. 

    Through the multinational student body and faculty, when students leave IUG they have a lifelong link, through alumni, to a global network of professionals in the public and private sectors.

  • International University of Monaco (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Monte Carlo, Monaco through a partnership with the International University of Monaco.

    The International University of Monaco (IUM) is located in the Principality of Monaco, Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera. IUM offers undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate degrees in business specialized in Finance, Luxury, Marketing, Sports Management and International Business. All their business programs are taught in English. 

    IUM represents a unique multicultural community of students representing 50 nationalities, thus creating a unique environment for versatile business education. Located in Monaco, one of the world's leading business centers, IUM provides students with unique networking opportunities

    In many ways, the International University of Monaco resembles its home country: both IUM and Monaco are microcosms of international business world; both are close-knit communities; both are exceptionally successful due to their tiny size and concentration of talents. IUM boasts a cutting-edge approach to business training that combines theoretical studies of fundamental business concepts, global vision of particular fields and applied skills in specific areas.

    Although it is the smallest state on the Mediterranean, the Principality of Monaco is internationally recognized as an economic center.

    Additionally, there is an Oblate presence in Monaco, as the Oblates are the official chaplains of the royal family. 

  • Mary Immaculate College (Limerick, Ireland)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland through a partnership with Mary Immaculate College. Founded in 1898, by Catholic Sisters of Mercy and the Bishop of Limerick, Edmund T. O’Dwyer, Mary Immaculate College (MIC) is the oldest third level institution in Limerick. The College has expanded significantly since 75 young women were enrolled in 1901 and, today, student numbers stand at more than 3,000.

    When the foundation stone for Mary Immaculate College was laid in 1899, the intention was to provide an institution dedicated to the professional training of female teachers for the Catholic national school system. Today, with over 3,000 young men and women enrolled at the College and participating in a multitude of academic programs, MIC continues the embrace the founding vision of Catherine McAuley, who established the Catholic Sisters of Mercy as champions for the most marginalized in society with the conviction that education was essential to the quality of life to which all individuals should be entitled. These enduring values remain enshrined in the College Mission Statement as Mary Immaculate steers a new course in the Twenty First Century.

  • St. Mary’s University (London, England)

    The location of St Mary's University is hard to beat. Situated in Strawberry Hill, a safe, leafy suburb of London, St. Mary’s is just a few minutes from the River Thames and close to a variety of local activities. You’ll find everything you need right on your doorstep. 

    Established in 1850 in Hammersmith, St Mary’s moved to the grounds of the Strawberry Hill House in 1925. When Horace Walpole, son of the politician Robert Walpole, bought the original cottage in 1717, he enlarged using a style now known as Strawberry Hill Gothic. The University College uses some of the 19th Century rooms in the house, but also benefits from the lovely grounds and the self-contained campus they create. 

    New buildings have been developed to meet the needs of the nearly 4,000 students, but St. Mary’s remains on this single campus with sports grounds just ten minutes walk away. Nearby Richmond Park and Bushy Park in Teddington have hundreds of acres of beautiful, secluded woodlands for get-away-from-it-all walks and space for cycling and running. The Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace, museums, galleries, and several historic houses are also very close to the campus. 

    Teddington and Twickenham are within walking distance and offer a good range of shops, restaurants and pubs. Twickenham is on the river, and the larger riverside towns of Kingston and Richmond are just a short bus ride away. You will find cinemas, live music venues, pubs, theatres, a bowling alley, and an excellent range of shops, cafés and restaurants. Kingston night clubs offer special deals for St Mary’s students, and you’ll find other discounts for students in the area, too. St Mary’s is also an excellent location for finding part-time jobs. 

    Central London is just a 30 minutes train ride away, so you can take advantage of London’s shops, entertainment, cultural and educational theatres, galleries, and the latest exhibitions. Public transport is frequent and runs late into he evening, so it’s easy to get to and from the University College. 

    St. Mary’s attractive and safe location with easy access to London and local towns means we offer the best of both worlds.

  • The Catholic University of San Antonio in Murcia (Murcia, Spain)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Spain at the Catholic University of San Antonio in Murcia (UCAM)

    UCAM is a private catholic university with around 10,300 students, 23 European official degrees, 30 Master programs, and 17 PhD programs. The motto of this university is: In libertatem vocati (From Galatians 5:13, RSV: “Called to freedom").  UCAM has a rich and unique environment both cultural and historical. The main campus is on the XVII century Jerónimos Monastery. There are infrastructures and labs which provide students with excellent facilities to learn practical skills. Explore a Campus Tour with images and videos of the campus.

    UCAM is a Catholic institution in dialogue with the modern world for the purposes of evangelization and the improvement of human society as a whole. This spirit is made visible in personalized lectures with a reduced number of students and personal tutors for each student. UCAM is a proponent of Christian values throughout all subjects, volunteership, meetings, congress and seminars.

    UCAM is strongly linked with the working world through study plans adapted to market exigencies, obligatory internships in institutions and enterprises in every program and research programs in collaboration with big enterprises. At the same time UCAM’s students have at their disposal computers and scientific-professional laboratories apart from a modern on-line learning system.

  • University of Notre Dame Australia (Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, Australia)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad in Australia through a partnership with the University of Notre Dame Australia.

    Notre Dame is a private Catholic University, extending from the West Coast of Australia in the beautiful and historic City of Fremantle, to the North-West town of Broome and across the continent to the heart of Sydney.

    Notre Dame embraces the ancient and esteemed traditions of Catholic Universities in Europe, North America and 2000 years of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Notre Dame has an enrollment of over 12,000 students and offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Student experience, employment and graduate outcomes are the best in New South Wales and Western Australia, and among the very best in Australia.

    Learn more about the University of Notre Dame Australia

  • Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan)

    DeSales University students have the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year through a partnership with Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. 

    At Sophia University, with the educational spirit of “for other, with others” the school aims to advance students with flexible minds who can relate to social reforms with the complexities of globalization and digitalization.  Each of their departments boasts a diverse student and faculty body that contributes to a multi-national, muticultural, and multi-religious environment that fosters interdisciplinary academic discussions.  Sophia University offers a unique and fascinating learning environment that is out of the ordinary.

    Sophia University, an all female university,  is located in the heart of Tokyo, close to all the hustle and bustle that the city has to offer. 

    Learn more about Sophia University

The DeSales Office of International Leaning works around your previous commitments to develop a life-changing international experience for you. If you are interested in studying somewhere other then the locations listed below, we are willing to work with you to help make it possible. 

We're here to help you from the beginning to end, and all the steps in between. The best study abroad experiences require careful planning and time to make sure all necessary preparations have been made. It's never too early to begin the study abroad process. Students at DeSales who’d like to pursue a study abroad experience must meet the following requirements:

  • To participate you must be a full-time, traditional day undergraduate student.
  • You must ordinarily have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
  • You must be in good disciplinary standing.
  • You’ll need two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a full-time faculty member).
  • Typically, you must have a sophomore or junior status