The Catholic University of America

July 21, 2009

CUA Adds 10 New Non-Traditional Destinations for Study Abroad

Starting in spring 2010, Catholic University students will have more options for studying abroad that will include 10 non-traditional overseas destinations.

CUAbroad, the education abroad unit of Catholic University's Center for Global Education, is offering new programs in Argentina, Chile, Beijing and Shanghai in China, Ecuador, India, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand and South Africa. The deadline to apply for spring semester 2010 is Oct. 1.

According to the Open Doors 2008 report, American students are more frequently choosing non-traditional study abroad destinations. The report is published annually by the Institute of International Education with funding from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

While still relatively small, the overall number of U.S. students studying in China, Argentina, South Africa, Ecuador and India each increased by more than 20 percent over the 2006-2007 academic year. In general, study abroad by U.S. students increased by 8 percent to a total of 241,791 in the 2006-2007 academic year, according to the report.

"With increasing globalization, countries that offer non-traditional destinations are making concerted efforts to attract more students," says Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education. "They've done a good job of recruiting U.S. universities as partners."

Fowler Corsi notes that there are increasing jobs opportunities for graduates who have studied overseas. "The combination of education abroad with an overseas internship and knowledge of another language really boosts a resume," she adds.

She says that education abroad can be an asset even when applying for a job in this country because employers appreciate the cultural sensitivity that students acquire while they are overseas.

CUAbroad is working to develop other education abroad options that would enable more Catholic University students, including nursing majors, to study overseas. Required to take sequential series of courses, nursing majors often find it difficult to study overseas and still earn the credits they need to graduate in four years.

Fowler Corsi noted that the Center for Global Education/CUAbroad is working with the School of Nursing to develop an exchange program with the Australian Catholic University (ACU). The program would enable Catholic University nursing majors to spend a semester in Australia and ACU nursing students to study at CUA.

Currently CUAbroad provides opportunities at the University of Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle on the country's west coast and at ACU, where students can study at the Brisbane and Melbourne campuses on the east coast.

Catholic University will host an Education Abroad Fair Wednesday, Sept. 9, for students. For more information, visit http://cuabroad.cua.edu/.