Study Abroad

Studying abroad can open the door to new cultures, new languages and new opportunities. Find your inner explorer, make new friends and eat new foods! The experience is bound to boost your confidence, enhance your network and teach you tangible skills.

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Expand your worldview

Marymount’s study abroad program is administered through the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS). And that means more options for you!

  • Access to 100 study abroad programs in 27 countries
  • Full academic year, semester, summer or winter break options
  • Wide range of courses, including language and culture, history, international business, humanities and social sciences, physical sciences, design and fine arts
  • Opportunity to live with a host family, accelerating language skills and knowledge of the culture

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Steps to Apply

1. Meet with a Marymount study abroad advisor

We’ll give you the 4-1-1 on how studying abroad works here at Marymount, make sure you’re eligible to participate and guide you through the process.

2. Find a program

Browse CCIS programs to find your adventure. Programs are searchable by location, term, major and type of program. You can even reach out to the CCIS program sponsor directly with specific questions.

3. Apply

Once you’ve found the perfect program, apply online to get started. Make sure your study abroad advisor knows you’re applying. Double check application deadlines and eligibility on the program page.

4. Submit supporting application materials

To complete your application, you’ll need two letters of recommendation, your official transcript, an essay and a passport. During the second phase of the application process, you may be required to submit additional supplemental materials. The information and forms you will need will be communicated to you through the online application system

5. Celebrate your acceptance

You will be notified of your acceptance by the program sponsor or your study abroad advisor. Make sure to share a copy of your acceptance with your study abroad advisor if it comes straight to you.

6. Prepare for your trip

Now that you have your acceptance, you will receive detailed information regarding travel arrangements, orientation, housing, course selection and other important details. Be sure to meet with your study abroad advisor to take care of any Marymount requirements.

Frequently asked questions

All students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and complete 30 units (sophomore status). You must also have a clear judicial record at MCU.

The earlier the better! If you haven’t already, schedule a time to meet and talk with your Marymount study abroad advisor. He/she can help you understand the timeline and process to apply. Typically, applications are due the semester before you depart. Check each program’s application deadline on the program page.

Most programs require no prior knowledge of a foreign language. Some programs are specifically designed for you to study a language and others offer a combination of courses in English and foreign-language study. Some programs offer proficient students the ability to study in the local language. Check out the academic information and requirements on each program’s page.

Yes! But it’s important to meet with your academic advisor as you plan. Most study abroad courses will count as elective credit, but in some cases you may be able to apply it toward your major, minor or concentration.

You can expect to pay the standard MCU tuition for your semester abroad and, in some cases, the MCU room and/or board fees.

Students can apply their current on-campus financial aid package to their study abroad trip, in addition to scholarships. You can find a list of scholarship resources here. A meeting with the Office of Financial Aid will help you get a clear picture of your transferrable aid.

Student accommodations abroad vary by program. Many CCIS programs offer homestay options, while other programs feature accommodations in dormitories or apartments. Costs vary for housing and meals, depending on the particular country, location and accommodations.

Most homestays include two meals per day. Meals provided depend on the host country and program. Check the program cost section of the program information page to see what is and is not included for a specific program of interest.

International Services

Ryan O’Connell
Assistant Dean of International Services & Enrollment
ROconnell@marymountcalifornia.edu
+1 (310) 303-7382

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Campus location
AD 106