Study Abroad

Office of Study Abroad

Ready to embark on an international adventure? Study abroad trips allow you to broaden your worldview, gain a new sense of independence, hone skills to boost your career opportunities, and earn credits toward your degree, all while traveling abroad.

Students have the opportunity to take engaging study abroad courses that fulfill general education goals. Most of our courses involve short-term travel (1-3 weeks abroad), but we also provide options for semester and year-long study overseas. Students can also work with our office to customize a program of study with other organizations or international institutions.

Students enrolled in study abroad courses automatically receive a 1/3 tuition discount for those courses. For example, if you take a 3 cr. class abroad, you will pay $1,300 for tuition, rather than $1,950 (a savings of $650). You can then apply those savings to the cost of the trip!

Visit us today to start your adventure!

Office of Study Abroad
Room 1501 
Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      John Magee, M.A.
Assistant Vice President for
Academic Planning and Study Abroad
 Short-Term Programs

These courses involve a semester of study at Madonna and then a 1-3 week trip abroad. The travel portion takes place during Winter Break, Spring Break, or the Spring-Summer semester. The following study abroad programs will be offered for Fall 2016 and Winter 2017.

2017-2018 Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad Programs
Scotland (Sign Language Studies)
November 2017
December 2017
March 2018
May 2018
May 14-22, 2018
May 15-29, 2018
June 6-21, 2018
For information concerning these trips, please contact the Office for Study Abroad.

2016-2017 Study Abroad Programs

  1. Israel
    May 22-30, 2017

    Explore Israel’s religious history, parliamentary democracy, and criminal justice system. Learn about the Israeli-Arab conflict while traveling to various historic sites. Journey to Jerusalem to visit the Dome of the Rock and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Tour various government buildings in the capital city to learn about the systems that maintain law and order in Israel. Contact Dr. Elizabeth Prough at or Professor Susan Woods at for more information.

    Courses offered: HIS 1010, HIS 4634, PSC 4510, CJ 1550, CJ 2350, CJ 3210, CJ 3500, CJ 4110, CJ 4950, SOC 3120

  2. United Kingdom (England, Scotland, and Wales)
    May 16-27, 2017

    Get medieval in England, Scotland, and Wales. Delve into the history of the United Kingdom from King Arthur and his Round Table, to the reign of the infamous Henry VIII. Visit medieval and Early Tudor sites in London, Bath, Cardiff, Oxford, Edinburgh, and York. Take in the majesty of Stonehenge. Tour Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey. Walk the medieval walls of York and stroll through Edinburgh’s Old Town and Castle. Contact Dr. Paul Radzilowski at or Fr. Charles Morris at for more information.

    Courses offered: HIS 2450, RST 3750

  3. Philippines
    May 16 - June 1, 2017

    Embark on this service-learning trip to the Philippines. Visit hospitals in Manila and be involved in a medical mission in Gawad Kalinga. Discover the culture and history of the Philippines while volunteering to improve the lives of others. End your trip with a visit to Boracay Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Contact Professor Patria De Guia at or Dr. Connie Tingson-Gatuz at for more information.

    Courses offered: NUR 4430, EDU 5670, MGT 2160


 Independent Study Abroad

To receive credit for independent travel, a student must make an appointment with John Magee to fill out the appropriate paperwork. The student will also need to meet with his or her faculty advisor and the faculty member directing the independent study.

The criteria for the student’s research project are determined before the travel takes place. It is generally recommended that students do some preliminary research. An example of such a project is a paper that reflects the findings of the student on such areas as comparative government, the humanities, monuments, living conditions, economy, historical or cultural sights, or environmental problems and solutions.

 Student Testimonials

“It was an eye opener seeing a whole different world and how they function in health care. It was amazing to see how they have so little resources but yet are surviving, doing well and still happy. It helped me as a future nurse to practice cultural humility as I prepare to work with the diverse population of the United States.”

-Danielle Pernicano, Philippines 2016

“Studying abroad with Madonna University has been the most enriching academic and worldly experience. Traveling to another country with my classmates while studying classes that are relevant to my major has been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I am grateful is offered at Madonna University. I have gained a new sense of independence and a stronger value for diversity.”

-Kaleen Snowdon, London 2016

“It has opened me up to new cultures and new stories. I love stories and legends, which I actually discovered last year when I went on the study abroad to Poland. This study abroad helped shape that and I have now gained a new insight into a whole different culture that will certainly stay with me for the rest of my life. It was also amazing to walk where my ancestors were and see where they lived, which has given me a whole new connection back to my roots and history. All of this has helped me contribute to my own story and actually has given me the inspiration to write again, which I had been failing to do before I left.”

-Amanda Bourque, Ireland 2016

“I would most definitely recommend a study abroad experience to my peers. In fact, if possible, take every opportunity that's available. It's extremely rare to find travel opportunities where you are guaranteed to come home with eternal knowledge and memories, friendships, college credit, and experience of a completely different culture that you may never get the chance to experience again.”

-Sierra Paul, London 2016

“Study abroad has made me appreciate the world we live in more. By seeing other people's cultures and sharing those experiences with them, I expand my horizons. Knowing there are worlds beyond your own and seeing them are two very different things.”

-Stephanie Mackley, Ireland 2016