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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Housing Options: Host Family, Residence Hall
Class Eligibility: Junior, Second Semester Sophomore, Senior Language of Instruction: English
Internship: Yes Service Learning: Yes
Program Type: Semester Academic Areas: Business, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, English, Film Studies, History, Interdisciplinary Health Services, International Business, International Relations, Linguistics, Management, Managing Human Capital, Marketing, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Theology
Language Pre-requisites: None Scholarships: Center for International Programs, Program Scholarships
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes Visa Required for U.S. Citizens: No
Program Description:
St Mary's University

Program Overview
St. Mary's University is located in the town of Twickenham, England and is thirty minutes north of London. St. Mary's scenic location, near the river Thames, will give you the perfect study environment not far from the bustle of Central London and with easy access to rest of the UK and Europe. Charming campus with a close-knit community where you will be both welcomed and valued. St. Mary's provides a first-class education with teaching excellence listed in the top 15 of English Universities and with student satisfaction of teaching rated at 90% overall. St. Mary’s is a modern, friendly University offering the best of both worlds: with just under 6,000 students it’s easy to feel at home quickly, but they are also big enough to offer you all the challenges and excitement of a full and rewarding student life. International students account for almost 10% of the total student population. 
Academic OverviewSMU1
St. Mary's University has a range of modules that are open to study abroad students within Arts and Humanities, Education, Theology, Business and Law, Social Sciences, and Sport, Health and Applied Science. Located in the theatre capital of the world, St. Mary's offers drama students a wide variety of courses and the opportunity for an amazing experience outside of class as well.  Be sure to review their full list of course offerings by semester and also the list of "Pre-Approved Courses" for SJU students (link above).

SJU Four Course Policy
It is understood that Saint Joseph's students who participate on the St. Mary's University study abroad program will only take four, 4-credit courses and receive three SJU credits per course upon their return.  Due to the fact that this may impact a student’s graduation course requirements, Saint Joseph's University will waive one free elective for the student upon their return, provided they meet the following conditions:
  1. The student must have one free elective remaining over and above the ones taken with the study abroad program.
  2. The student will still have at least 120 credits at time of graduation.
  3. The student MUST remain enrolled as a full-time student according to the study abroad program’s requirements.
  4. The student is obliged to successfully complete all coursework on the study abroad program and pass each of the four courses taken abroad.
Students participating on this program will be required to sign a Four Course Policy Form at the time of application.  If you do not have a free elective available to waive, please contact the CIP to discuss your options.
Internship Option
Students attending St. Mary's have the opportunity to replace one of their four courses with an internship while abroad. There are four internship modules available - in Business, Not-for-Profit, Education and Sports. Internships are unpaid, and vary by module and availability. Students receive academic credit for their internship by completing one day of work at a company or organization and participating in a complementary, academic module to support learning in the workplace, understanding of the chosen sector and the student's professional development.

Students will indicate their interest during the application process. They will be asked to answer a few questions about their interests, aspirations and previous work and voluntary experience, which will help St. Mary's to find the right internship for the student. Students participating in the internship do need to apply for a Tier 4 Visa and the cost of this is included in our "Budget Sheets."  

More information about the Internship program can be found on their website
Housing and Meals
St. Mary's offers a variety of accommodation options to study abroad students. This can be accommodation with a family (i.e., a home stay) or in accommodations on campus.

Home stays offer you the opportunity to stay with a single female or a family close to campus. This is a great opportunity to meet local people and in some cases learn about the local culture and norms.  Accommodations may be in a house or an apartment. There can be wide variations in size and facilities. The bathroom is sometimes shared with the hosts. In the some cases the student will have a separate dedicated bathroom or en-suite. The room can be a single or double (with single or double bed) but will be in good condition, well decorated and warm - furnished with a bed, desk, chair, lamp, hanging storage and chest of drawers as a minimum.

St. Mary’s also offers a limited number of en-suite, single study bedrooms on campus in the De Marillac hall of residence or twin bedrooms in Waldegrave Park Houses. All rooms have internet access and meals (breakfast and evening meal each day) are provided by the University refectory, only a few minutes’ walk from the hall.   

Please note that you must apply by any deadline specified to you, and on-campus accommodation may be limited and therefore not guaranteed. As on-campus accommodations tend to fill up quickly, students should make their housing arrangements immediately after being accepted. Details about home stay and campus accommodations can be found here
Student Life
St. Mary's has an active student life on campus. The Student's Union building has a fully licensed bar with screens for viewing sporting events. There are a number of regular events including: the Welcome Fortnight, Summer Ball and the SIMMStock Festival. The Student's Union is also home to the SU hub where stationary, cards, general household items and University merchandise can be purchased.

Sports are also a large part of life at St. Mary's. The University is arguably London's top-performing sports institution, providing a comprehensive sports development program that focuses on recreational opportunities, performance sport, coaching and events. 
SMU Students
Students should consult the Budget Sheets at the top of this page for estimated program costs. For the most up-to-date cost information, please visit the St. Mary's website. In addition, before choosing to study abroad in another country for anywhere from three to six months, you should consider the exchange rate of your host country as well as the cost of living in the city where you will be.
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Related Scholarships

Center for International Programs Study Abroad Grant 
Please apply for this program before applying for the CIP Study Abroad Grant (due October 15th or March 15th).  Use the 'Featured Program' Search to apply to this grant.  

BUTEX Scholarship (for studying in the United Kingdom)
BUTEX brings together universities, colleges and other HE institutions across the UK that have a shared interest in learning abroad. Their mission is to promote British education internationally, to facilitate collaboration and regular exchange of information between our members, to develop expertise and to influence the future of international education. Each year BUTEX awards a number of scholarships to students studying abroad for either a semester or for a whole academic year.  The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university.

For more information and to apply, please visit their website.
Things to Remember Before Applying
  • You must meet with a CIP advisor before beginning your application. 
  • Per the Semester Abroad Policy, a limited number of completed applications will be approved on a first come, first serve basis.  
  • This program requires a separate, on-line application to be submitted directly to them. Please refer to their website for deadlines and application requirements.  
  • If approved by the CIP, you will be required to submit a non-refundable $300 confirmation deposit WITHIN 10 BUSINESS DAYS of receiving your approval notice. 

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Program Reviews:
Kathleen Ann Woods, Fall 2016 Participant
St. Mary's University in Twickenham was a great school to participate as a study abroad student. Their staff and student body are so welcoming and helpful. I love my lecturers, they were so willing to provide advice about the academics and keep up with the assignments. Also, there is so many clubs that you can join, making friends and memories. Joining the women's rugby was one of the decisions I made while abroad and I would recommend it to any study abroad students. The university is a quiet area outside of London, which is a great location to study abroad. You have the freedom to travel to London and avoid the chaos. It is a very safe environment. It is very similar to SJU and it is like a home away from home. It is a great school and students will definitely have a great time getting to know the British culture, but also allowing to travel to different countries on the weekends. St. Mary's University will always have a piece of my heart. I am so pleased that I have the opportunity to study abroad at St. Mary's University.

Dates / Deadlines:

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