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Academic Opportunities

Study Abroad

The Center for Global Education administers, supports, and coordinates all university programs taking place outside the United States.

Short-Term Programs

Periodically, short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs sponsored by Marymount University are available to graduate and undergraduate students. Past programs have included an art and architecture study tour in Italy, a study of operations and management in Belgium, and a forensic and legal psychology program in London.

Students in these programs typically receive direct Marymount credit.

Marymount’s Center for Global Education can provide additional information about these programs and the criteria for enrollment. The study abroad pages on the individual school websites also offer additional information about such programs. Visit www.marymount.edu and search for "study abroad."

Transferring Study Abroad Credit

Credits transferred from study abroad are not included in the university’s minimum residency requirement. (This does not apply to credits earned through Marymount-sponsored short-term programs.)

Acceptance of credits earned in a study abroad program is at the discretion of the university. Work must be completed with a grade of B or better to be accepted.

Students studying abroad in programs not sponsored by Marymount should consult the Center for Global Education to learn if they must also maintain Continuous Registration at Marymount. Those who must maintain Continuous Registration but fail to do so will be considered separated from the university. See the Continuous Registration section in this catalog.

Student Research — DISCOVER

Marymount University’s DISCOVER program coordinates an annual Student Research Conference, where both graduate and undergraduate students may present research projects. The program also offers a small travel stipend to graduate and undergraduate students who are presenting at professional conferences in their fields of study.

Service Learning (SL Designation)

Marymount University’s mission, consistent with its Catholic identity and the traditions of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, emphasizes service to others. This commitment to service is expressed in the classroom through service learning. Service learning is a pedagogical method in which classroom learning and service to a community partner are integrated. In a service learning course, students are expected to draw upon their classroom learning to help meet the needs of a community partner; in turn, this service experience enhances students’ classroom learning.

Marymount students engage in service in a number of ways, including classroom projects, but certain courses are designated as Service Learning (SL) to communicate that the service learning pedagogy is central to the course. This designation helps the university ensure that best practices for community partnerships are being met and provides faculty and students with clear expectations for the course. Courses designated as SL must meet a number of criteria:

  • Students engage in an experiential service project.
  • The service project is performed on behalf of and in collaboration with one or more community partners.
  • The desired goal of the service project is defined primarily by the community partner(s), and the community partner(s) should be able to give feedback on the project both during and after its completion.
  • Service projects are a pedagogical tool for achieving the learning outcomes of the course.
  • The course includes at least two learning outcomes specifically linked to service learning.
  • Students must devote at least 20 hours, or approximately 20% of students’ total time devoted to out-of-class coursework, to the service project(s) and related assignments in a 3-credit course.
  • The course must include assignments in which students critically reflect on their service experience in light of course content.
  • Students will be assessed on their service learning experience, both in terms of the course’s learning outcomes and outcomes specific to service learning.

The following graduate courses are currently designated as SL, and others will be offered in the future:

  • ED 500SL Foundations of Education: Teaching and Learning
  • HPR 570 Evidence-Based Programs for Older Adults
  • NU 539 Global Service Learning for the Advanced Practice Nurse


Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area

Marymount University is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. Eligible students from Marymount may take approved courses at member institutions. A list of all members can be found at www.consortium.org.

Students wishing to enroll in a course offered through the consortium must select one that is acceptable to both Marymount University and the visited institution. See Students Enrolling at Consortium Institutions under Registration for further information about consortium student registration requirements.

Enrollment procedures may be found under the Consortium Information section of the Marymount Office of the Registrar website.