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Travel. Learn. Grow.

SAIC is a community of explorers, learning to live and work meaningfully in a complex, yet connected world. The Study Abroad office enhances this mission by providing advising, advocacy, and resources in support of international education programs and objectives.

As a member of NAFSA, we believe that international education and exchange are fundamental to:

  • Establishing mutual understanding among nations
  • Preparing the next generation with vital cross-cultural and global skills
  • Creating the conditions for a more peaceful world

Our office specializes in providing students with opportunities to participate in short-term and semester-long education abroad programs. Advisors work closely with faculty members to offer an exciting array of faculty-led study trips during the winter and summer interims and to advise students who apply for semester-long study abroad. We look forward to being a part of your journey.

SAIC is proud to be ranked by the Institute of International Education among the top four specialized schools in the United States in number of students participating in study abroad.


Program Updates

  • Semester-Long Exchange application deadlines
    Fall 2024: February 15, 2024
    Spring 2025: September 15, 2024

    Note: Application process has been changed to fully online. 
    All application materials will now need to be uploaded via Slideroom platform. Applications for Fall 2024 can be accessed following this link.

    Letters of recommendation from SAIC faculty will have to be submitted via email to studyabroad@saic.edu.

    Application deadline for the fall 2024 term is February 15, 2024.

    An information session for the fall 2024 semester-long exchange was hosted on Friday, December 8, 2023. You can access the session’s recording via this link.

    These programs are open to undergraduate students who have completed 30 credits. Taking a semester away through one of SAIC’s official exchange programs is one option to fulfill the six credit off-campus study requirement. During the program, students are enrolled at SAIC and financial aid is available. You can access the application details here.

  • We will be offering a few study abroad trips in summer 2024! Information is being updated. Once details are available, you will be able to learn more under Faculty-Led Study Trips Tab.

  • SAIC student safety and well-being is always the highest priority when evaluating our programs around the world. Staff continue to monitor alerts from the Department of State and other security information providers to determine any safety risks associated with the locations of our programs or proposed programs abroad. SAIC will reach out directly to program participants with guidance and take all reasonable actions to manage risks and respond to emergencies.

Study Abroad Staff

Victoria McAllister, Associate Director, Study Abroad

Victoria McAllister joined SAIC in December of 2016. Prior to starting her role as the Associate Director of Study Abroad, she was part of the International Student Services team working to support SAIC's international students.

Born and raised in the industrial Urals region of Russia, she has been working in the higher education field since 2009. After receiving both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in North-American studies and Spanish language from Ural Federal University, she continued on to work there as a Spanish and English language instructor. At the same time, Victoria has been working as a freelance interpreter for various local organizations including international adoption agencies and Ekaterinburg Museum of Fine Arts. 

In her free time, Victoria loves to travel the world and the USA (having been to over 20 countries so far) and to explore, walk, bike, or kayak through the Chicagoland region with her husband and son.

Contact Us

Study Abroad Office

Sullivan Center
36 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1203

Phone: 312.629.6830


Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.