Full Steam Ahead for Study-Abroad Programs After Pandemic Pause


Saint Francis is once again offering study-abroad programs this academic year after being forced to pause this initiative because of the pandemic.

Students were able to participate in a study-abroad trip to Ambialet, France, this past summer, and they are able to sign up for classes at the Ambialet campus over the upcoming winter break.

During the winter session, students will stay in the Ambialet campus’ monastery, “Prieuré.” The monastery was built in the 11th century and is located in southern France.

Students visiting Ambialet over the 2021 winter session will also take extended trips to Paris and Barcelona. They will be given the opportunity to visit museums, monuments and other historical spots, as well as attend fairs, festivals and concerts.

The cost of tuition for a semester in France is the same cost as a semester in Loretto. The program is designed to fit into all majors.

“It was nice to finally get students back across the pond again to SFU’s site in France,” said Julie Horvath, director of the Study Abroad Office.

“Our first group to go to Ambialet since the onset of the pandemic was this summer’s program, led by Drs. Rose Clark and Ed Zovinka.”

Eighteen students have signed up for the upcoming winter session in Ambialet. The registration period for the 2022 spring semester is still open. Twenty students have already signed up.

“It’s wonderful to once again be offering the valuable benefits of study abroad,” said Horvath.

Other upcoming study-abroad trips include the Business Program in London during Easter Break 2022, as well as 2022 summer programs in Spain, Costa Rica and Ambialet.

Study-abroad opportunities are available to all majors. Students are required to have completed at least one semester in Loretto before studying abroad.