Popular with tourists, San Antonio is a vibrant city in the American Southwest. An early Spanish settlement, San Antonio was decimated during the Mexican-American War but prospered as a cattle center after the US Civil War. With the arrival of the railroad, San Antonio lost its reputation as a frontier town and grew to become a culturally rich city. Today, the city of San Antonio is home to professional sports teams, 5 Fortune 500 companies, and over 100,000 students among its higher-education institutions.
Bachelor Courses in English
Business. Students taking a full course load register for 12-15 semester credit hours, which represents 4-5 courses, each meeting 3 hours per week. For a list of available courses, click here. NOTE: Students from non-business fields may be able to participate; however, St. Mary’s gives priority to incoming business students.
NOTE: students must have a minimum IELTS score of 6 or a TOEFL score of 77 for admission to St. Mary’s. A TOEFL score of 73 can be accepted if the student is willing to attend a College English Writing course during their exchange.
Master Courses in English
Master-level students are not able to be accepted.
St. Mary’s is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. The Bill Greehey School of Business is AACSB-accredited.
Each semester there is a mandatory International Student Check-in prior to the start of classes. In addition, students attend a university orientation.
Students with Disabilities
Information is available online.
Grades & Transcripts
St. Mary’s University uses a four point/letter grade evaluation system. Students should request a transcript at the conclusion of their exchange program. For additional details on transfer of credits, please refer to the Student Guidebook.
All exchange students must purchase health insurance through the university (unless the student signs a waiver form that they have purchased insurance through a U.S-based insurance provider). The approximate fee is $1,000 per semester. Students will be billed for this when registering for classes.
Included in the Bookstore Fee noted below
$10. Students must request transcripts from the Registrar’s Office before returning home.
Bookstore Account Fee
$650. This covers books and supplies for the semester. At the end of the semester, any unspent money will be refunded when the bookstore account is closed.
All non-US citizens are required to obtain either an F-1 or J-1 visa to study in the United States.
Single or shared on-campus residence hall. Housing costs vary depending on the residence hall and number of people per room; costs range from approximately $3,500 per semester. Internet access and basic cable is provided free of charge. Each residence hall has its own laundry facilities.
A meal plan is mandatory for all students living in the residence halls. Plans range from approximately $2,100-2,400 per semester.
Fly into San Antonio, Texas. The Center for International Programs offers some airport pick-ups on pre-scheduled days/times. Otherwise, a taxi can take you to campus for approximately $35.
Bus service is available within San Antonio for transport during your exchange program.
A vibrant city, San Antonio offers a wide variety of entertainment options. Visit Mission San Antonio de Valero (the Alamo) for a taste of history or any of the 25 museums that call San Antonio home. The city has an interesting assortment of arts and cultural sites, theme parks, and festivals and events. In addition, the River Walk is an urban sanctuary that winds along the river, offering a variety of restaurants, bars, and beautiful landscaping. St. Mary’s University also organizes events and offers students many different sport and recreation options.
San Antonio offers shopping malls, department stores, discount chain stores, and specialty stores. Most stores are open seven days a week with shorter hours on Sunday.
Summer weather is hot, with temperatures sometimes reaching 35-40ºC; winter is relatively mild with temperatures around 5-12ºC.