Education Abroad

Alnwick castle view

First-Year Experience abroad

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You don't have to wait for your sophomore or junior year to study abroad. Take advantage of St. Cloud State’s unique First-Year Experience opportunity to study internationally during the spring term of your first year.

Through these First-Year Experience programs, you’ll take courses your first semester which count in goal areas for your liberal education requirements while you prepare to go abroad your spring term.

While you are abroad, take courses that count toward liberal education, major or minor requirements.

You can choose from programs in Australia, Malaysia, South Africa and England. 

Read more about our programs below, or complete the form to the right and we will answer your questions.


First Year Experience - Education Abroad

Students are required to take a 1-credit course in their first semester at St. Cloud State University in order to be eligible for this program. While the course is required to go on the program, by taking the courses it does not commit the student to studying abroad. 

This course is designed to support students from the time they step onto campus to the time they step on a new continent. Students will learn about cultural norms, expectations, awareness, and skills through readings, assignments, and engaging activities. By the end of this course, students will understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizen’s share for the future. Students will have the opportunity to connect with study abroad alumni, departments on campus, and more to prepare for their journey abroad. 

To register for the course, either connect with the Education Abroad Office or your academic advisor during registration. 



Available Programs

southerncrossuniversity  Australia

You'll study at Southern Cross University, surrounded by rainforests and beaches. SCU offers an unforgettable experience with access to environmental and cultural opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else.

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Malaysia Malaysia

You’ll study at Taylor’s University in an amazing country of diversity. Live in the Kuala Lumpur area for a rich experience of tradition meets modern. There is a rail system for easy transport as well as an international airport for easy travel to the Southeast Asian region.

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South Africa South Africa

You’ll study at Nelson Mandela University and experience diversity in a different way. This is Nelson Mandela’s country which he and others fought so hard to end Apartheid. One of the official language of the country is English.

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Alnwick street England

This is St. Cloud State’s flagship study abroad program located at the Alnwick Castle. The university has been sending students to Alnwick (pronounced Ann-ick) for nearly 40 years. Each term you’ll learn from two British instructors and two St. Cloud State instructors while taking liberal education or major courses. Courses are considered St. Cloud State courses, so no transfer is needed. 

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