St. Thomas and UMAIE Programs

St. Thomas programs are designed and led by St Thomas faculty and attended by St Thomas students.

UMAIE (Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education) is a consortium of five colleges and universities. Program directors from each of these institutions design and lead UMAIE programs, with students from these institutions in attendance. 

All St. Thomas and UMAIE programs carry four credits, unless otherwise noted.


The priority application period is from April 1 to April 10 for all St. Thomas and UMAIE programs. In order to meet the priority application deadline, students must complete their application by 11:59pm, April 10. Applications are accepted after the priority deadline on a space available basis, rolling admissions basis. Note that many programs fill during the priority application period.

Students applying to a St. Thomas or UMAIE program do not need to attend an advising meeting. All program information and the application are accessible online. 

  • Select the ‘Search all Programs’ button to find the program in which you would like to participate, and begin an application. 
  • Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed for eligibility requirements and forwarded to the Program Directors for review. 
  • The Office of Study Abroad will send notification of the application decision once made by the Program Directors. 


Qualified applicants (see ) will be selected on the basis of: 

  • Academic preparation and strength; 
  • Sense of maturity, responsibility, and citizenship; 
  • Identification of carefully-defined academic and personal goals and objectives for studying off-campus on a proposed program and at its proposed location; 
  • Ability to describe how the off-campus experience will apply to the student's academic and personal goals, and; 
  • Knowledge of the host country and culture of the course. Applicants should be prepared to address some basic factual information from both historical and current perspectives. 

There may be additional criteria used by the Program Directors. Check the full-page course descriptions or check with them.

Explanation of Fees 


January tuition for two credits will be billed unless otherwise stated.

Program Fee 

The program fee for January Term programs includes airfare (for undergraduate programs), accommodations, some meals, ground transportation, and course activities, including excursions, unless otherwise noted on the individual course descriptions.

Off-Campus Study Fee

All students who study off-campus during January Term will be charged the Short-term Off-Campus Study Fee. The fee, along with the program fee, will be reflected on your student account following the university's normal J-Term billing timeline. This fee supports the administration on the University of St. Thomas campus of the program in which you will be participating off-campus. 

Cancellation and Refund Policy

St. Thomas and UMAIE Programs January Term Cancellation Policy* 

Through September 15         

Refund of deposit

September 16 to October 1           

No refund of deposit

After October 1                   

You are responsible for the full cost of the course. 100% of program costs will be charged to your student account, the deposit applies as credit. Any recoverable costs will be calculated following the end of program. There is no guarantee of any recoverable costs.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to, by sending an e-mail from your St. Thomas e-mail account. Under no circumstances are cancellations accepted by phone or in person. Until a cancellation e-mail is received from your St. Thomas e-mail account, you are still enrolled in the course and subject to full billing.

No refund is given to students who wish to omit portions of the itinerary. Cancellations due to medical emergencies, government shutdown, or failure to obtain a visa or passport do not guarantee any refund and may involve no refund. Travel insurance is strongly recommended.

*There are rare exceptions to this cancellation and refund policy. Refer to the cancellation policy you sign in your application for the most updated policy.