Signature Programs: University of Dayton, Ohio


While UD offers students many ways to have an international or intercultural learning experience off campus, two unique programs are Semester Abroad and Intercultural Leadership (SAIL) and Global Learning Academy (GLA).

Semester abroad and intercultural leadership (SAIL)

The Abroad and Intercultural Leadership Program (SAIL) Semester is a one-year international leadership development and training program. This innovative program includes a fall semester abroad at one of three current study abroad locations in Ireland, Spain or Ghana, coupled with participation in an intercultural leadership program that includes a special accommodation during the spring semester.

SAIL is a program at no additional cost, which means that you pay the same amount for your fall semester abroad as you pay for a semester at UD (including tuition and accommodation). Most financial aid programs apply.

In addition, students will benefit from the following benefits:

  • Cost of airfare covered by the University of Dayton.
  • Accommodation organized by UD
  • Location specific additions which may include: Airport pickup, transport cards, welcome meals, etc. Details will be shared with students based on the program of their choice.
  • Access to guaranteed special interest housing at UD on their return in the spring.
    • Juniors and Seniors: Neighborhood Houses
    • Sophomores: Caldwell Apartments in the global learning and living community
  • A one credit course designed to support students before, during and after their experience abroad.

Global Learning Academy (GLA)

The Global Learning Academy is an innovative global and intercultural learning program that combines online courses with a two-week thematic field experience in key international, US and local / virtual venues. It’s a summer program.

Key Benefits

  • Interdisciplinary exploration of critical global themes
  • High impact global and intercultural learning experience
  • Integration with academic programs and structures
  • Earn credits towards the diploma (CAP and major / minor)
  • Flexibility to select courses and sites of interest
  • Adapts to student schedules and personnel

situations with travel and without travel options

How it works

Students select:

  • a global theme
  • 1 to 2 online courses (3 to 6 credits) among those offered specifically for the Academy
  • a field study site and a back-up site


The themes are designed to be interdisciplinary in nature and often address a critical global issue. Examples of themes include racial equity and social justice, human rights, global health, sustainability, and Marianist leadership.

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