2001-2003 Academic Catalog
2003-2005 Academic Catalog
The College of St. Catherine is strongly committed to helping students integrate study-abroad experiences into their educational plans. The benefits of international education are many: gaining insight into other cultures, developing fluency in foreign languages, learning to treasure a global perspective and forming international friendships. Regardless of the reasons students choose to study abroad, their experiences in other countries unquestionably benefit their personal, academic and career goals.
Semester and yearlong programs, as well as January and summer options, are available the world over. The Office of Global Studies, in collaboration with the Global Studies Advisory Committee, maintains a list of study abroad programs approved for credit. Programs available to St. Catherine students are academically sound and provide strong support services as well as opportunities for integration into the host culture. Students often choose to live with host families or in international residence halls on foreign campuses. Although students are strongly encouraged to study foreign languages while overseas, programs are available in which classes are taught in English, even in non-English-speaking countries.
Opportunities for foreign study during January and summer terms are available through St. Catherine's own faculty-led courses abroad as well as through the College's affiliation with HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs) and UMAIE (the Upper Midwest Association for Intercultural Education). The latter is a consortium of seven colleges offering approximately 30 different January classes with sites in all parts of the world. Students may meet the Global Search for Justice course requirement through participation in designated semester or January-abroad programs or through St. Catherine's January term and summer Global Search courses.
With advance planning, students in nearly any major can participate in an approved study abroad program while making normal progress toward graduation. The Office of Global Studies coordinates program advising and approval in cooperation with academic departments. Students may obtain program descriptions and applications in the Office of Global Studies (see Policy on Eligibility for Study Abroad in this catalog). The following policies apply to study abroad at the College of St. Catherine.
To begin the planning process, and to ensure academic credit and the application of financial aid, students must meet with an advisor in the Office of Global Studies. A study abroad advisor will help students select approved and appropriate study abroad programs as well as offer advice throughout the application and predeparture period. The Office of Global Studies provides a mandatory orientation program as well as liaison services while students are overseas and re-entry programming for students returning to campus after a sojourn abroad.
- All credit-bearing programs must be approved by the Office of Global Studies prior to departure to ensure transfer of credit to the college transcript.
- Course work completed on a study abroad program approved by the Office of Global Studies is considered in residence.
- The amount of credit a St. Catherine student can earn on study abroad (or domestic) programs toward her bachelor’s degree is limited to two full-time semesters plus one January or summer term. This restriction does not apply to courses sponsored by the College of St. Catherine and taught by College of St. Catherine faculty; for these courses there is no limit.
- Transfer students must spend at least two semesters as a full-time CSC student and meet all other requirements before undertaking any semester or yearlong off-campus study. Transfer students may apply for January term or summer study abroad courses.
Deadlines for application are March 1st for fall semester or year programs, and October 1st for winter semester programs. Some programs have earlier deadlines or rolling admissions policies; check with the Office of Global Studies.
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