There is no shortage of Catholic institutions all over the country that offer study abroad programs all over the world. These schools differ in spiritual growth opportunities, size and other factors. Find out what makes a few of these schools and their study abroad programs unique.
The Catholic schools with study abroad programs are typically 4-year, private institutions, but vary in tuition rates. Compare some of these colleges and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Assumption College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Worcester, MA||$39,598|
|University of St. Thomas||4-year, private not-for-profit||Houston, TX||$32,660|
|Catholic University of America||4-year, private not-for-profit||Washington, D.C.||$44,060|
|Thomas More College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Crestview Hills, KY||$30,270|
|Mount Marty College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Yankton, SD||$26,310|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Catholic Colleges with Study Abroad Programs
Students wishing to attend a Catholic college and study abroad should consider what programs are available, how the school will help them grow spiritually and what size of school they feel most comfortable with. Here we discuss some of these considerations for a handful of Catholic colleges with study abroad programs.
Located in Massachusetts, Assumption College had about 2,190 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The college offers several different study abroad options to students, including semester study abroad, short-term academic travel, postgraduate study abroad and study at the Assumption Rome Campus in Italy. Students can travel to countries such as Ireland, France, Mexico and England while studying subjects like international business or foreign language. Students on campus can grow in their faith by attending Mass, Bible studies, spiritual retreats, men's and women's discernment groups and other religious activities and organizations, such as Agape Latte and Athletes InterVarsity.
University of St. Thomas
Students at the University of St. Thomas in Texas can participate in faculty-led study abroad programs during the winter or summer breaks, or take individual, semester-long trips that can be conducted on an exchange or non-exchange basis. The school provides a wide range of study abroad locations, such as Taiwan, Czech Republic, China, Chile, Greece and Jamaica. Spiritual development opportunities on campus include liturgical programs, Bible studies, volunteer experiences, spiritual retreats and optional religious education courses. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had close to 1,770 undergraduate students.
Catholic University of America
The Catholic University of America encourages spiritual growth in its students by offering prayer and worship services, community service opportunities and different student ministry groups, such as Catholic Athletes for Christ and Esto Vir (brotherhood) or Gratia Plena (sisterhood). The university, located in Washington D.C., had around 3,240 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. Students at the university may choose to study a variety of subjects, like music, history or entrepreneurship, in a wide range of study abroad locations, including Argentina, Germany, Ireland and the United Kingdom, for entire semesters or on shorter-term trips. The university also has a new Rome Center in Italy near the Vatican where students can study.
Thomas More College
Thomas More College in Kentucky had close to 1,830 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Spiritual life on campus includes Mass, spiritual retreats and a variety of service opportunities, like Alternative Spring Break, where students help do home repairs in southeastern Kentucky. Study abroad opportunities at the college include annual programs to Australia, Great Britain, Ireland and China. The college also has sister universities in Puerto Rico, Germany and Ireland where students can study, and offers study abroad scholarships through the Global Perspectives endowment.
Mount Marty College
According to the NCES, South Dakota's Mount Marty College had close to 1,010 undergraduates in 2016. Students at the college can study abroad in different locations, including various countries in Europe, to study and serve people of various cultures. The school also has Spring Break Tours in places like Ireland, England and Italy. Students wishing to further develop their faith can participate in a variety of service opportunities, such as a Texas Service Trip, prayer and worship services and different campus ministry and leadership opportunities, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Bible studies, mission trips and Catholic Leadership.