St. Mary’s University gives students options for dynamic courses in local, provincial, national, and global settings.

  • Marine Biology-Bamfield, BC (February Reading-Week)
    • BIOL 317-Introduction to Marine Biology
  • Contemporary Mediterranean Cultures and French Language-Morocco and France (May)
    • IDST 301-Contemporary Mediterranean Cultures
    • FREN 219-First-Year University French I
  • Tropical Ecology & Biodiversity-Belize (February Reading-Week)
    • BIOL 417-Tropical Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Religious Studies and Art History-Italy (May)
    • RLGS 305-Rome and Christian Spirituality
    • ART 325-Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture

You can view our course descriptions here: St Mary’s University Academic Calendar

Application deadlines:

Winter semester: October 1st of previous term
Fall semester: April 1st current year

*Please contact Experiential Learning to request an application and detailed information

Students apply through the Experiential Learning division at the partner institution. They are required to present at the time of the application:

  1. Official nomination from StMU (Our office will provide you with this letter)
  2. Official Transcript
  3. Letter of reference issued by a faculty member of the home academic institution.
  4. Photocopy of passport or identity document.
  5. Copy of international medical insurance policy.
  6. Application from the partner university.


The Alberta Smithsonian Internship Program (ASIP) invites ten Albertans each year to participate in an internship with the esteemed Smithsonian Institution: the world’s largest consortium of museums located in Washington, D.C. The complex comprises several specialized museums and research centers that engage in the pursuit of information and knowledge in a variety of disciplines ranging from the arts, culture, and history to the sciences.

Application Process:

  1. Visit the Smithsonian Institution’s website
    • The Smithsonian Institution’s website contains links with relevant information on internships that are available at its various museums. Please indicate the areas you are interested in and include this information in your Letter of Intent.
  2. Submit a complete application by January 10 to:
    • Erin Reynar
      Senior Program Officer
      International Education & Intergovernmental Coordination
      Alberta Advanced Education
  3. Each application will then be processed as follows:
    • January 14 – All completed applications must be submitted online
      January 15 – 25 – Selection and Interview process
      January 28 – Results announced

Washington Center

The world-renowned Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C. offers Alberta students an important edge for future professional employment and admission to graduate and professional schools, while earning credit towards their degree.

Winter deadline

  • Priority Deadline: September 30
  • Regular Deadline: October 15
  • Alberta Award Application Deadline: remaining awards available first come first considered (see Funding page for details)

Summer applications
Opens Sept. 1

  • Priority Deadline: January 8
  • Regular Deadline: February 28
  • Alberta Award Application Deadline: February 1 (see Funding page for details)

Fall applications
Opens Nov. 1

  • Priority Deadline: March 15
  • Regular Deadline: April 15
  • Alberta Award Application Deadline: February 1 (see Funding page for details)

Winter applications
Opens Nov. 1

  • Priority Deadline: September 30
  • Regular Deadline: October 15
  • Alberta Award Application Deadline: February 1 (see Funding page for details)

International Youth Internship Program (IYIP)

The IYIP is designed to offer Canadian post-secondary graduates the opportunity to gain professional experience through international development work. The objective of the IYIP is to support sustainable international development initiatives, proposed in partnership with local partner organizations, by Canadian professional associations, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and private companies.

In order to qualify, Canadian youth must be between the ages of 19 to 30, and be post-secondary graduates, graduates of a degree or diploma program in a university, college, post-secondary school of technology, post-secondary institute or a CEGEP (general and vocational college).

Religious Studies 323-Catholic Social Justice
Students will experience the practical application of course principles through a required Community
Service-Learning (CSL) placement with organizations that contribute to social justice and provide services to vulnerable communities.
Antirequisites: CATH 311

History 391-Public History: Memory and Method
This lecture-based course has a practicum component of 30 hours with museums, historical societies, city archives and public libraries.
Prerequisites: 6 credits in History at the senior level or permission of the instructor

Biology 451-Biological Conservation
The topics for this 30-40 hours volunteer element of the course have varied in the past, from assessing the invasion of a shrub into the Weaselhead; writing ecological text for interpretive signage at a new provincial park; collation and analysis of long term data on migrating bird phenology; determining the role of social marketing in conservation; to assessing nest cavity orientation and use by different birds.
Prerequisites: BIOL 307 or BIOL 313

*You can view our course descriptions here: St Mary’s University Academic Calendar

Opportunities for students in their second year to spend 8 weeks abroad engaged in teaching practica with local schools in:

*Application deadline: To Be Announced.
Please contact Experiential Learning to request an application and detailed information.

Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
Global Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

Who applies:

  • Canadian students at the college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada
  • Canadian faculty members or research staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada
  • Canadian mid-career professionals who have a Master’s or PhD degree and have managerial, policy development or decision-making responsibilities

Faculty Mobility Program
The Faculty Mobility Program aims to increase the number of institutional collaborations and student exchange agreements between Canadian and foreign institutions eligible under the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP). These agreements are created between colleges, technical or vocational institutions and universities in Canada, Latin Americas and the Caribbean. The Program will award grants to teach or conduct research for a short-term in countries eligible to ELAP (CARICOM countries, Central America, Latin America, Mexico).
Who applies:

  • Canadian postsecondary institutions

Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program
The Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program provides faculty or international liaison officers/managers, from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), with short-term exchange opportunities for professional development, graduate study or research at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The goal of the Canada-CARICOM Faculty Leadership Program is to support international collaboration between Canadian post-secondary institutions and institutions in the CARICOM, through professional development opportunities for faculty and staff. Faculty or international liaison officers/managers, hereby referred to as “candidates”, must be employed full-time as faculty or as international liaison officers/managers at a recognized institution at the time of application and during the entire duration of their professional development, study or research stay in Canada.
Who applies:

  • Canadian institutions
Coming to a new school in a new country is an exciting opportunity, but one that comes with some challenges. As part of our campus services, StMU Experiential Learning and Student Services are here to assist international students to adjust to the new environment and make their time at StMU a fulfilling experience. Services for international students include:

  • Buddy program for new international students
  • Orientation to StMU and Canada
  • International Newsletter
  • Immigration referrals
  • Student recruitment
  • Cultural events
  • Adapting to the Canadian educational environment

If you require more information about these opportunities please email Kimberly Brocanier at: pablo.ortiz@stmu.ca


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