Many Catholic colleges are expanding their study abroad offerings to include short-term programs that help accommodate students who do not have either the time or the resources to spend an entire semester abroad.
A sampling of colleges and universities that offer such programs include:
Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, Oregon
◗ Three-week, three- to six-credit trip to London and Rome for non-traditional students.
“This is a great program and opportunity for adults who always dreamed of going to Rome, and didn’t get a chance when they were younger,” said Dr. Meg Roland, faculty leader.
The University of Mary Bismarck, North Dakota
◗ Two- to three-week, one- to six-credit faculty-led trips to the Holy Land, France, China and Poland, and a longer program in Milan, Italy.
|Kaitlyn Kazalunas in France Courtesy photo
“The students are very excited about these programs, and it makes me happy to see them have opportunities to go places where they could not have gone on their own,” said Kemerly Grau, coordinator of the Office of Global Studies.
Caldwell University Caldwell, New Jersey
◗ Three-week, three-credit theology programs in Rome and Franjeaux, France.
“I never really felt in touch with my Catholic faith until we went on a pilgrimage through Franjeaux and followed the path of St. Dominic,” said Senior Kaitlyn Kazalunas, 22, of Nutley, New Jersey, of her trip in 2012.
Spring Hill College Mobile, Alabama
◗ Four-week, three- to six-credit social justice programs in Bosnia, Morocco, Tunisia, Greece, Poland and several corners of Italy that are off the beaten path.
“By meeting those on the margins, we are better able to define and integrate what it means to be Catholic,” said Todd Waller, director of Spring Hill College Italy Center.
The College of St. Scholastica Duluth, Minnesota
◗ Four-week, six-credit language program at the University of Petrozavodsk, Russia.
“I learned that you shouldn’t judge a country and its culture by what the media portrays. The world is filled with a lot of amazing people. The trip impacted my faith and personal growth by showing me the good in the world,” said fifth-year student Adam Holden, 22, of Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin, of his experience of the program in 2014.