Study Beyond at St. Thomas Aquinas College
Travel and international study give you once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to enhance classroom learning with people, places and customs across the country and around the world. And you can earn college credit. Study architecture or psychology in Rome. Hone your french or take art classes in France. Explore the Galapagos Islands while studying ecology. Whatever you do and wherever you go, studying beyond the classroom will transform the way you look at and succeed in this increasingly intimate world.
Study Beyond Classroom Programs
STAC’s “study beyond” courses combine classroom learning and a one or two-week trip to an international or domestic destination during the year. Our students regularly participate in courses that take them to places like Nicaragua, London, Italy, France or the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
STAC Study Beyond 2019-20:
Spring Break 2020 to Japan
Professor Christine Cahill, Assistant Dean of the School of Business, is organizing a Spring Break 2020 Trip with visits to Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka. The trip includes air fare, six overnight stays, breakfast and dinner daily, tour director, guided sightseeing tours, train transportation in Japan. Estimated cost is $3,600 +/-. Some airline fees like baggage are not included.
Spring Break 2020 to The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Dr. Heath Bowen, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, organizes a service trip to this South Dakota Indian Reservation that is part of a three (3) credit course offered in Spring 2020.
The class runs for the complete semester and the trip to the reservation is during Spring Break 2020. Further information on trip costs to come. The STAC Course is part of a student's full time semester cost at the college.
May 17 - 26, 2020 to London
Dr. Linda Levine Madori, Professor of Therapeutic Recreation, organized a trip to London and Paris. The trip is a culmination of TR 200 International Therapeutic Art/Recreation in England and France offered during the Spring 2020 semester. There will be 35 hours of class time abroad during this trip. It will include visits to the Alzheimer's Association, the Culwood House, a Children's Rehabilitation Center, and other locations pertinent to the Therapeutic Recreation major. This trip is organized by Dr. Levine Madori through Education First. Airfare, hotel, meals, transportation abroad and sight seeing planned trips are included in the $3,500+/- cost of the trip. Some airline fees like baggage are not included. The TR 200 course cost is part of a student's full time semester cost at the college.
Study Beyond Partnership Programs
Although options and opportunities for studying abroad are far-reaching, past students have immensely enjoyed programs offered through our partner program with St. John’s University This program enables students to maintain their scholarships and eligible grants with St. Thomas Aquinas College while studying beyond through the St. John's program. Students are charged an additional fee by St. John's University and it is applied to their STAC bill. Other programs are available but STAC does not partner with them in the same way. Students pay those programs directly and do not enroll at STAC for that semester.
Disney College Program
STAC partners with Disney World (FL) to offer students the opportunity to spend a semester interning at Disney while maintaining full time college status. Students earn a stipend while interning from Disney and are provided a housing option. This program can be a fit for most majors.
Global Studies Semester Programs
Want to spend a semester studying in South Korea? How about England? Then check out STAC’s international student-exchange agreement with South Korea’s Kyung Hee University School of Management and St. Mary’s University in London.
Education First Language Courses Abroad
If you’re looking to gain an edge in today’s competitive job market, learn a foreign language. Our partnership with Education First means you can earn credits and hone your foreign-language skills living as a local in Spain, Italy, France, Germany, Costa Rica, Japan, Singapore or China during your winter or spring break.
Independent Study Abroad Options
Interested in studying in a country or foreign university not currently affiliated with STAC? You can. But you must follow our Study Abroad Program procedures.
There are numerous study abroad companies that will help you organize an educational trip. Here are a few that we have researched, but have not vetted. Students take on the responsibility of choosing a tour option along with courses. STAC will only pre approve the course selection and is not affiliated with any company unless noted. These web sites enable you to explore what subject in what country you would like to explore. Costs and all fees are paid to the organization and not STAC. Please check to see if you are eligible to use any of your federal or state aid if it is during a full college semester. No STAC scholarships and grants apply to these programs. You will need to have your courses approved to be transferred back to STAC so that they appear on your curriculum sheet and fulfill graduation requirements.
1. Speak with your Academic Advisor about your desire to Study Beyond. Consider what semester might work best and how that would impact your track toward graduation.
2. Make sure that you have flexibility in your course selection as courses offered in other countries will need to be approved by STAC to fulfill a degree requirement.
3. Once you have determined that it is feasible to fit the study beyond experience into your academic program, visit the Office of Academic Services to discuss your options further. Plan a year ahead for Study Abroad and see our deadlines for Study Beyond experiences like the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation spring break trip -- you will also need to register for that course at STAC as an example of pre planning.
Read our Study Beyond Spotlights, featuring first-hand accounts from our world-traveling students.