Each year, more than 800 St. Olaf students study off-campus in Africa and the Middle East, Asia, Europe, North, South and Central America, and the United States. Some programs extend the scope of particular majors, language concentrations or area studies; all add a cross-cultural dimension to a liberal arts education.
St. Olaf maintains an approved list of over 70 semester or year-long programs. These programs are offered through direct partnerships with universities and through provider organizations. Each year during January about 30 off-campus Interim courses are offered and led by St. Olaf faculty to domestic and international destinations around the world. A few summer programs are also available.
St. Olaf offers programs for students studying Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Norwegian, Russian, and Spanish. An immersion environment fosters improved language proficiency.