The Catholic University of America

Jan. 21, 2009

CUAbroad Offers New Education Abroad Program at Oxford University
Catholic University Also to Provide New London Internship Opportunities

CUAbroad - Catholic University's education abroad office - is offering a new program at historic Oxford University for fall 2009 as well as new London internship opportunities that will enable CUA students to intern at a variety of institutions including the BBC and the British Museum.

Part of Catholic University's Center for Global Education, CUAbroad is hosting mandatory information sessions for students interested in the program at Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The 30-minute sessions will be held every Monday at noon and every Friday at 2 p.m. until March 20 - the deadline to apply for the program.

The highly-competitive program has openings for just 10 CUA undergraduate and graduate students, who would be paired with Oxford professors, or tutors as they're known, for a variety of custom-designed individual tutorials that emphasize intensive researching, reading and writing.

CUA students would start their studies at Oxford by taking a monthlong, three-credit tutorial subject (on playwright William Shakespeare, author C.S. Lewis or British politics) with two or three other students.

In October, when the Michaelmas (or fall) term begins at Oxford, CUA students would choose two traditional one-on-one Oxford tutorials. Students would focus on specific pre-approved areas of study and would be required to defend written essays that are due weekly during the term, which runs from October to December.

The new London internship program isn't scheduled to actually start until the spring 2010 semester, but Tanith Fowler Corsi, assistant vice president for global education, said her CUAbroad staff is getting the word out now to CUA students so they can start making plans for a semester in the city of Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.

The new internship program will be offered during the spring, summer and fall terms as a complement to CUA's existing Parliamentary Internship Program.

"Our goal with these programs is to help CUA students become global citizens," said Fowler Corsi. "In the long run, that will help to make our students more marketable."

Over the next two years, CUAbroad is planning to add other new programs in additional areas of the world that will include India, China, Latin America, South Africa, North Africa and the Middle East as a way of broadening the range of education abroad opportunities for CUA students, according to Fowler Corsi.

For more details about the new programs and the required information sessions, contact Madison Bolls, CUAbroad program manager, at 202-319-6010.

MEDIA: For additional information about the programs, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.