Study Abroad

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Sage offers many opportunities for students to explore the world through Global Education programs. Such international experiences are essential to gaining the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's global society. Additionally, international experience will broaden students' perspectives and expand their multi-cultural thinking.

So, you're thinking of studying abroad?

Students who intend to study abroad/away for a semester or year-long program, must meet the academic criteria listed below to be considered for participation (from Academic Policy Manual II.D.5):


  1. Must be a sophomore by academic standing
  2. Maintain a 3.000 GPA or higher (some programs require a higher GPA, check with each program)
  3. Must be a full time student the semester prior to studying abroad and during the term a student is abroad/away
  4. Receive approval by The Sage Colleges to study abroad/away

Please also note that:

  • A Sage Study Abroad Application is required for all students wishing to study abroad, regardless of the length of the program of study.
  • Students should meet with the Study Abroad Director before submitting their applications.
  • Approval is necessary from The Sage Colleges to participate in any affiliated or non-affiliated study abroad program.
  • A specific program application is required for all students. These are sent directly to the program the student wishes to attend.
  • An acceptance from the program and the acceptance from Sage are both required before any financial assistance can be awarded.
  • Students should file for the required Student Visa as soon as know where they intend to study. An acceptance letter from the program is required for the Visa application, but do not wait to make an appointment for the Visa. (Sometimes this takes a long time.) More information on filing for a Student Visa is included with materials from the specific programs.

If a full semester abroad seems a little too long, consider Sage's Short-Term Study Abroad Tours. Generally offered in January or in May, these trips are connected to an academic class offering up to 3 credits. These trips are planned by a faculty member in conjunction with the Office of Cultural Enrichment and Diversity.

Want to learn another language before traveling abroad? Sage offers several language programs, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Russian and Italian. Visit the Culture and Language Acquisition at Sage (CLAS) website for more info.

Important Study Abroad Deadlines

Spring Semester Fall/Summer
You must meet with the Director by Oct. 1st. You must meet with the Director by March 1st.
Sage application is due Oct. 10th, however, program applications may be due by Oct. 1st, so meet with the Director early. Sage application is due March 10th, however, program applications may be due by March 1st, so meet with the Director early.

Pre-departure Meeting: These meetings will allow you to find out about the application process, requirements, and deadlines for each study abroad program.

  • Mandatory for all Sage students intending to study internationally; meeting to take place the semester prior to traveling abroad. 
  • Failure to attend this mandatory meeting will result in the loss of financial assistance from The Sage Colleges for the term abroad.

Sage Sponsored Programs, Affiliates, and Consortiums

Sage is affiliated with a number of other institutions and organizations to offer a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. Whatever the major, a deeper understanding of another culture and more proficiency in another language can help better achieve one's goals. Below are some of the programs with which we are affiliated. For information regarding studying abroad while at Sage, please contact the appropriate Study Abroad Director listed under "Staff and Contact Information."


Great wallChina

Sage is partnered with the Shanghai University of International Business and Economics, a Chinese institute of higher education. The strategic connection has resulted in exchanges of faculty and students to and from China.



Sage is affiliated with the Danish Institute of Study in Copenhagen, Denmark. DIS has an extensive list of available programs for semester or summer study. This program also meets the Discovery Degree summer abroad requirement.


Eiffle TowerFrance

Sage is partnered with Ecole Parsons a Paris/Paris College of Art, which offers an extraordinary opportunity for students who wish to experience European art, design, and the culture of Paris. This program offers studies in Communication Design, Design Management, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Photography, and Critical Studies. Instruction is in English.


Sagrada FamiliaSpain

The Sage-sponsored program at the Center for Cross-Cultural Study (CC-CS) in Seville or Alicante, Spain, offers courses in language, literature, history, and the fine arts from the intermediate to the advanced level. Internships may also be arranged, but a semester's advance notice and near fluency in Spanish are required for some placements. Programs in English are available.


Big BenUnited Kingdom

Sage has an agreement with the University of the Arts London. This program focuses on all realms of the art world in six distinctive campuses. Located throughout London, this programs offers a real focus on the Arts.


American Institute for Foreign Study

Sage is affiliated with the American Institute of Foreign Study, which has study and programs in 21 countries and an internship program in the United Kingdom. Some of these programs also offer summer study or service learning opportunities

University at Albany

Sage is involved in a consortium with the State University of New York at Albany, giving our students access to their Study Abroad programs. They offer summer and short-term programs in a variety of countries, and semester-long programs in even more countries.

Webster University

Sage has an affiliation with Webster University. Webster offers study programs in six countries. A wide range of programs are available to students.

New American Colleges & Universities

Sage is involved in a national consortium of similar colleges called the New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U). Students have the opportunity to participate in selected Study Abroad programs, which have included Greece, China, Senegal, England, Austria, and Norway.

Financing & Scholarships for Studying Abroad

   All students studying abroad on a Sage-approved program for a semester or more will be permitted to use their federal and state aid. Students will be permitted to use their Sage Aid to participate in a study abroad program. Scholarships (national and independent) are available to students who may not be able to use their Sage Aid. Speak with Dr. David A. Salomon for more information.

Scholarships to Study for a Masters or Doctorate Abroad

Sage College of Albany students, contact:
Joanne Curran, Dean, SCA
[email protected]

Russell Sage College students, contact:
David A. Salomon, Faculty Director of Study Abroad
[email protected]

Sage Graduate School students, contact:
David A. Salomon, Faculty Director of Study Abroad
[email protected]

International Students, contact:
Amanda Bastiani
[email protected]