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Begin at Sebago Lake, Then Go Anywhere

Your education at Saint Joseph’s College begins at our other-worldly home on Sebago Lake, and then sweeps you to new places abroad to expand your education by the most important qualification there is: experience.

Learn in Granada, Spain

Summer Internship in Granada, SpainCampus Students

Granada, Spain, is a city with global reach that is rich in history, culture, and ethnic and religious diversity. Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada boasts breathtaking natural beauty. It also is a modern city with a vibrant community of over 60,000 university students.

For more information, check out our Study in Spain page, or contact Steve McFarland at or 207-893-6636.

Online Theology Study in Granada Courses

Take TH 527/309/25 Special Topics: Catholic Culture and History in Spain, for graduate, undergraduate or non-credit. This online course is onsite in Granada, Spain, July 1-8, 2019.

The course will be a full immersion into the Catholic history and culture of Spain, from its earliest martyrs to its Catholic Monarchs, based in the emblematic city of Granada, and more.

Attend IFES Summer School and Conference and take TH 527 The Whole in the Fragment: Sacramental versus Contractual Logic. This course will be onsite in Granada, Spain,  June 23– 30, 2019 and is for graduate credit only.

For more information, check out our Study in Spain page, or contact Stephanie Briggs at or 207-893-7769.

Alternating Year Programs

Geology in Arizona & Utah

Monument Valley

March 2-11, 2018 | Intro 3 credit course

Travel to SE Utah, northern Arizona, southern Nevada, and the Death Valley area of California.Trip will include 7 nights of camping, mostly in National Parks (Arches, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley), plus the Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.


Study large sand dune deposits and shallow subtropical seas from the Jurassic.

Hike the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon comparing the 1.7B year-old basement rocks in contact with overlying sedimentary rocks containing some of the oldest hard fossils on Earth from the Cambrian-Ordovician time period.

Climb @1000 year old, volcanic cinder cone and document evidence of lava flows on the landscape.

Work your way through uplifted (and now cooled and exposed) magma chambers of 15 million year old volcanoes.

See evidence of Cretaceous dinosaur eggs laid near a semi-arid river system.

In Death Valley, investigate the faulting and tectonism that have created the lowest elevation spot in North America (280 feet below sea level).

For more information, contact Professor Erikson at or 104 Mercy Hall.

Environmental Science Semester

Science students on Environmental Science Semester

The Environmental Science Semester (ESS) is a rigorous, ten-week scientific expedition with Saint Joseph’s College, one of the few programs in the country designed to immerse students full time in the practice of field science for an entire semester. Part of the Environmental & Marine Sciences majors, the Environmental Science Semester delivers a full load of four environmental and geoscience courses, studying such diverse topics as Climate Change and Glacial Geology, Marine Ecology, Oceanography, and Field Methods. The entire program is conducted off-campus between mid-August and late October in locations ranging from Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, Canada to the White Mountains of New Hampshire to the coast of Maine aboard a 72’ schooner.

Learn More:

Contact Professor Erikson at or 104 Mercy Hall.


Additional Study Away Programs

Ready to go beyond the classroom? Saint Joseph’s Study Away opportunities connect you with the world through exciting, educational, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences abroad.

Barcelona, Spain. Perth, Australia. Capetown, South Africa. Buenos Aires, Argentina—these are just a few of the hundreds of programs in over 50 countries provided to you by our partner organizations:

Experience New Sites and Wonders

How To Get From Here To There

To get started on your Study Away opportunity, contact Steve McFarland at or 207-893-6636 to make an appointment.

There are only two requirements to get started: a minimum 2.5 GPA and a never-ending quest for knowledge.

Need More Reasons?

Read about a student’s experience studying in London.

Check out our Top 10 Reasons to Study Away with Saint Joseph’s College.

Read Beyond Four Walls: going global gains traction with campus students who are looking to broaden their horizons – an article in the Spring 216 Magazine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to get your feet wet first? Explore some of the most frequently asked questions about the Study Away experience.

When is the best time for me to study abroad?2018-06-18T19:07:17-05:00

Students study abroad during various times in their college careers, depending on where they are in their program of study. The majority of students choose to study abroad during their junior year, but students may also study abroad in their sophomore or senior year.

What are the deadlines to apply for study abroad?2018-06-18T19:02:34-05:00

Study abroad deadlines differ by program, but generally the deadline for fall placement is March 1 and the deadline for spring placement is October 1.

How much does it cost?2018-06-18T19:04:54-05:00

Study abroad is more affordable than you might think! In many cases, it will be similar to the cost of attending Saint Joseph’s College. Additional expenses include flights, insurance, books, and spending money for travel and activities. Each organization offers scholarships and the College’s Connections program offers a one-time $2,000 grant for eligible students.

Do I have to speak another language?2018-06-18T19:08:00-05:00

While knowledge of a second knowledge is helpful, there are many possibilities for students who prefer to study in, or speak only, English. Such programs are even available in countries where English is not the first language.

Will I graduate on time?2018-06-18T19:06:14-05:00

Most students who study abroad graduate on time. Students work with their academic advisors and plan which courses to take to ensure that credits will transfer back to Saint Joseph’s College.

Do I need a minimum GPA?2018-06-18T19:08:04-05:00

GPA minimum requirements vary by Study Away program, from 2.5 to 3.3. Consult with the Study Away Coordinator or check the program websites for specifics.

Checking in on Your Experience

The Study Away experience has a lot of checks and balances. Don’t forget to check out these important links.

While You’re Away

No matter where you are in the world, it’s important to stay in touch.

Further Reading

Make sure you supplement your research with this important site.

BBC Country Profiles

Our Student Experiences

Environmental Science Semester 2018 Begins

Over the course of the Environmental Science Semester program, students carry a four-course load and travel over a thousand miles across two countries, three states, and six Maine islands as they gather and interpret data from unique field sites. Founded in 2014, the ESS experience creates a transformative educational experience by having students study and conduct Environmental Science in the field for two continuous months.