By act of the Maryland General Assembly, the Historic St. Mary’s City Commission and St. Mary’s College of Maryland work cooperatively to preserve significant historic and archaeological sites; to develop a joint plan for use and development of their respective landholdings; and to jointly sponsor high-quality educational programs and public outreach activities. In light of the leading historical and archaeological research that takes place at St. Mary’s City and the state-of-the-art St. John's Site Museum, this affiliation provides excellent educational, research, internship, and volunteer opportunities for the College’s students.

The affiliation has produced the Maryland Heritage Project, approved and funded by the Maryland legislature with the full support of then-Governor Parris Glendening in the spring of 2000. The Project provides in perpetuity for the preservation of Maryland’s most historic lands, the facilities that will preserve and improve them as heritage sites, and the programs that will allow for multi-layered interpretation. It will involve building or renovating campus structures and historic sites while establishing and expanding programs for students at St. Mary’s College so that the history of early Maryland can rightfully claim its proper historic significance alongside its sister settlements. The prospect for student education and related involvement is wide-ranging, allowing many to participate.


St. Mary’s College and Historic St. Mary’s City are also members of SEARCH, a consortium that includes Calvert Marine Museum, Chesapeake Biological Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies (CEES), the Estuarine Research Laboratory of the Academy of Natural Sciences; and Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum of the Maryland Historical Trust. The consortium serves the state by encouraging, coordinating, and carrying out research, education, and public service among the member institutions. Representing a collaboration in history, archaeology, environmental studies, and cultural studies that is virtually unique among educational consortia in the nation, SEARCH provides opportunities for student access to world experts in several areas and excellent educational, research, internship, and volunteer opportunities.


Because of their proximity, the Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine Studies) and the College’s natural science departments, particularly biology, have developed strong working relationships. A formal bilateral agreement supports mutual academic and research initiatives that enrich the faculty and students of both institutions. The faculty, graduate students, and facilities of CBL enrich the College’s science curriculum and provide opportunities for undergraduate research, using the expertise and facilities of a leading environmental and research center, immensely enriching our honors college curriculum.


The College has international study program agreements with The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (associated with St. Peter’s of Oxford University); Heidelberg University in Germany; Institut d’Etudes Sciences Politiques in Paris; Fudan University in China; Lingnan University in Hong Kong; University of The Gambia in West Africa; and Payap University in Thailand. The College also has a program in Alba, Italy. The College also participates in the UMAP consortium which enables St. Mary's students to study at certain universities in Asia. The College has national study program agreements with Johns Hopkins University and George Washington University for the exchange of faculty and students, and also with the National Student Exchange. These are described elsewhere in the Catalog.