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Begin at Sebago Lake, Then Go Anywhere

Discover the world with Saint Joseph’s College through experiential learning opportunities. Explore craggy cliffs and lush, rolling hills of the Irish countryside, stroll down cobblestone streets of vibrant Spanish cities, or hit the hiking trail in the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon.

Whether conducting oceanography experiments aboard a schooner, reflecting on the significance of Catholic holy sites, or helping build a home for a family in need, our students return from their travel experiences with new perspectives and unforgettable memories.

students in Granada, Spain

Learn in Granada, Spain

Situated at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, Granada, Spain boasts breathtaking natural beauty and serves as a modern city with a vibrant community of over 60,000 university students. Saint Joseph’s offers programs for both campus and online students, ranging from one week to an entire semester.

Service Trips

Student on international service trip to Guatemala and Haiti


This trip includes volunteering to provide medical aid, help to build basic cinder-block homes, distribute hundreds of pounds of donated items, and spent time simply relaxing and interacting with local families. Generally, the week also includes excursions to the Mayan ruins, the colonial capital of Antigua, and to Panajachel, a scenic village nestled on the shore of beautiful Lake Atitlan.

Haiti trip 2018/19


Students, faculty, and staff complete a week-long service trip to Haiti where they construct new houses, volunteer in a health clinic, and assist on children’s programs. Recently, one faculty member worked on an organizational handbook for the field director of the Haitian PID operation, designing training for employees and volunteers, as well as creating job descriptions for the Haitian directors.

Spring Break Workfest

During Spring Break, SJC students participate in week-long programs serving the underprivileged in locations across the U.S. On a typical day at a Workfest site, students are up and out early, putting in a full day to volunteer at schools, food pantries and soup kitchens, resource centers for the homeless, building homes and repair projects, and other special projects needed by the community.

Alternating Year Programs

Fall Semester

Environmental Science Semester students on ship

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 jerikson@sjcme.edu or 104 Mercy Hall.

Spring Break

SW Geology trip

Geology in Arizona & Utah

Travel to SE Utah, northern Arizona, southern Nevada, and the Death Valley area of California.

Study large sand dune deposits, hike the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and discover some of the oldest hard fossils on Earth, and climb a 1000 year old volcanic cinder cone while documenting evidence of lava flows on the landscape.

Work your way through uplifted magma chambers of 15 million year old volcanoes, see evidence of Cretaceous dinosaur eggs, and investigate the faulting and tectonism that have created the lowest elevation spot in North America (280 feet below sea level).

Learn More:

Contact Professor Erikson at jerikson@sjcme.edu 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:

For more information about your Study Away opportunity, contact Shanna Webster at 207-893-7563 or swebster@sjcme.edu to make an appointment.

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.

Study in Italy or Spain This Summer!

The Saint Joseph’s College Department of Theology is returning to Italy July 8-15, 2018! Students can sign up for the course Spiritual Journey through Rome (TH 527/TH 309/TH 35) with Dr. Patricia Ireland and special lecturer Dr. Donna Orsuto for either three undergraduate or three graduate credits. In this travel course, students will explore firsthand the spiritual treasure of Rome through the centuries by visiting pivotal sites inside and outside of the city, holy places that hold special meaning for Catholic pilgrims and scholars. The program will include daily visits to churches and other holy sites, lectures, dialogue, theological reflections, and daily Mass. The [...]

Without Warning

The power of love on a Haiti service trip Story and Photos by Emily Gerardo, RN, BSN, Adjunct Clinical Faculty  They said falling in love should be expected, but that it happens without warning. I wasn’t looking for it. Haiti was a place I had wanted to see, a people I had wanted to meet. I was ready to work there, to be of service. Photo caption: Driving to pick up patients to transport to the PID clinic for evaluation. Mary Rose Becker ’15, Robert Michaud ’14, and Maddie Fuller ’18 speak with their Haitian translator. Arriving at Logan International Airport, [...]

Go Global, Go Granada!: Saint Joseph’s College Students Return From Summer Internship

Flamenco dancers, tapas, and beaches! This summer, seven Saint Joseph’s College students embarked on an adventure in gorgeous Granada, Spain, and they’re anxious to share their experience with current students. When they weren’t in classes at the renowned Immaculata University, they traveled to the sun-soaked beaches of the Mediterranean, hiked across the massive hanging bridges of the Los Cahorros gorge, and immersed themselves in another culture. The students remained consistently busy and enraptured by all that Granada has to offer them. “Leaving Granada was heartbreaking [...] because I had such a good time there,” said Meg Nadeau ‘19 when asked [...]