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. 

    Countryside, Granada, Spain

    Photo by Maria Ireland.

    Learn in Granada, Spain

    Summer Internship in Granada, SpainGranada, 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.

    Two Choices

    Spring 2018 Semester: Feb. 6 – May 2, 2018

    Granada Internship: May 15 – June 19, 2018

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


      Summer Session- Theology Students Study in RomeRome Program

      July 8-15 (7 nights)
      The Lay Centre at Foyer Unitas, Rome, Italy

      TH 527/TH 309/TH 35 Spiritual Journey through Rome  - Dr. Patricia Ireland with special lecturer, Dr. Donna Orsuto

      SJC Theology is returning to Rome! Students register through Saint Joseph’s College and pay $2,280, which includes meals, site visits, and SJC tuition. There is room for a limited number of auditors at $1,980, so feel free to invite a friend. Travel to and from The Lay Centre is not included.

      For more information, contact Stephanie Briggs at 207-893-7769 or



      Monument ValleyGeology in Arizona & Utah

      March 2-11 | 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:

      Environmental Science Semester

      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
      • Enjoy Serious Fun

        Here, students pose with a somber guard outside the historic Prague Castle, a structure that dates back to the 9 th century and houses the current president of the Czech Republic. Wherever you spend your semester away, fun is guaranteed.

      • Learn the Local Ways

        A semester abroad in Australia can involve unique classes like aboriginal studies, a historical and anthropological course about the country’s indigenous people.

      • Snap Breathtaking Views

        Saint Joseph’s Standish campus might be the best of lakeside living, but a semester spent residing along the beaches of Australia’s Surf Coast offers once-in-a-lifetime vistas.

      • Meet New Friends

        Wombats, dingoes, and kangaroos…. Oh my! Students who study abroad in Australia come in contact with an amazing array of animals and plant life while exploring the country’s lush rainforests, rugged mountain ranges, and dry deserts.

      • Geek Out

        New Zealand’s Hobbiton Movie Set was the site for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and now serves as a fun day trip for movie buffs studying abroad.

      • Get Political

        Studying away doesn’t have to mean going abroad. Every year, students from Saint Joseph’s have the opportunity to intern at The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

    • 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?

        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?

        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?

        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?

        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?

        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?

        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