Students at St. Scholastica are sure to find an Education Abroad or service learning program that meets their personal and academic needs while fulfilling the College’s vision “…to send fourth thoughtful leaders…who are prepared and committed to serve and transform the world.”
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Vision and Mission
Education Abroad, as a defining educational component, provides meaningful and diverse cultural lived experiences to enhance global citizenship and prepare thoughtful leaders committed to transforming the world.
The Mission of Education Abroad opportunities at The College of St. Scholastica is to deepen appreciation of the Catholic Benedictine Values through meaningful international educational and service experiences:
Education Abroad builds community by providing opportunities to welcome the stranger, value the uniqueness of others, and strengthen knowledge of social responsibility and critical global issues.
Through a balance between study and experience, Education Abroad provides opportunities to experience the importance of a wise use of resources and the global environment.
By observing, listening and responding sensitively to others, Education Abroad puts hospitality into action. Participants not only share hospitality, but experience it through the lens of other cultures.
Education Abroad participants will learn to interact with cultural fluency, value the uniqueness of others, and treat all with dignity and respect.
Love of Learning
Through research and scholarship abroad, students’ curiosity will be peaked, instilling an openness to learning and an appreciation of global issues and concerns
Scholastica’s oldest and only semester long program, students travel with two St. Scholastica faculty to Louisburgh, Ireland, a small village on the west coast of Ireland. Students live in furnished holiday cottages on the edge of the village, a brief walk away from the center of Louisburgh and a miles of beautiful beach. The program consists of four 4-credit courses; topics and faculty change yearly. Irish guest lecturers and a combination of both day trips and multiple-day trips ensure that participants visit almost all of Ireland and gain firsthand knowledge of the people, history and culture.
St. Scholastica Faculty-Led Programs
In partnership with United International College in Zhuhai, St. Scholastica students have the opportunity to study Chinese economics, language, culture, and Whole Person Education over Winter break. Students also participate in local tours and a visit to Shanghai with the College’s International Office, including a 4 day visit to Shanghai at the end of the program. Many St. Scholastica alums have gone on to work as interns at UIC.
Discover life in Petrozavodsk, Duluth’s sister city in Russia, through the biennial Russian language and culture summer camp sponsored in cooperation with Petrozavodsk State University. Knowledge of Russian is not a prerequisite. Students visit St. Petersburg and Moscow, the cultural and political capitals of Russia, and attend language courses taught at the Institute of Foreign Languages in Petrozavodsk. Students gain a deeper understanding of the culture and history of Russia through experiences including a homestay, dacha weekend, Russian sauna, rafting on the Shuya River, and visits to sites including the Hermitage Museum, the Kazan Cathedral, Red Square and the Kremlin.
From bubbling geothermal pools and windswept salt marshes to factory assembly lines and fair trade networks, students in this course analyze models of sustainable development, renewable energy, biodiversity and conservative consumption of resources. A two-credit course in Spring is followed by two weeks of immersion abroad in Germany and Iceland. Students will visit sustainable communities, cultural landmarks, factories and geothermal energy plants, interface with students and scientists at universities and research centers, and study German biosphere reserves and retreating Icelandic glaciers.
The biennial program will focus on theatre, literature and history in England, immersing students in the environment that inspired the plays and literature they are studying. Students choose one of the following courses: CTA 3950: London Arts and Culture (2 cr.) or ENG 3950/HON 3950: London Arts and Culture (2 cr. with a required 2 cr. course in the Spring as well for a total of 4 cr.) While abroad, students will be able to visit such historical sites as Stonehenge, the Roman Baths and Abbey, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and more!
The program includes private airport transfers and in-country transportation to itinerary items, group welcome and farewell dinners, a proper British Tea and hot breakfast every morning. Also included is shared housing in centrally located hotels throughout the program, group excursions and entrance fees, and pre-departure organizational program materials.
This study abroad research program will look into the marketing relationship in the utilization of the applications of contemporary marketing to the basic marketing function with ultra-fragmented distribution channels in the Middle East. The program outcome is to introduce students to Arab/Islamic culture and illustrate to students how the contemporary marketing fundamental principles can apply in an environment that still, until this modern day, utilizes the trading principles of the 17th and 18th century. Yet, at the same time, this environment functions with contemporary marketing concepts that we utilize in the West.
The MBA Capstone Seminar Abroad equips students to successfully engage in cross-cultural business, integrate management theory and practice in a global setting, and provide leadership in a changing environment. Students travel to international business sites to observe and participate in cross-cultural business settings. Capstone location changes and has included China, India, Cuba, France, Argentina and Brazil.
This elective course provides Physical and Occupational Therapy students with the opportunity to actively engage in an international health care experience. Through participation in patient care and education in the Yucatan students further develop cultural fluency as well as their skills and abilities in the areas of communication, collaboration, clinical reasoning, ethical decision making, and respect for the dignity of all individuals.
This course examines the research on characteristics of well-being to include overall health and happiness. Students will review the World Happiness Rankings based on criteria set forth by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations. Students in the course will have an opportunity to tour the United Nations City in Copenhagen and join in on presentations by representatives of one or more of the 11 organizations at the UN City to include WHO (the World Health Organization), UN Women, UNHCR (Refugee Agency), WFP (World Food Programme), UNICEF and more.
Students spend 10 days in Sydney exploring best practices related to management, marketing, human resources and how business professionals will help sustain key industries and businesses into the future. Students will interact with local business owners and consumers throughout Sydney and explore iconic cultural locations like the Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach.
Every other summer, students and faculty travel together to the St. Scholastica school, founded by St. Scholastica Alum, Sr. Gaudensia Mwanyika, to provide education in Tanzania to children with physical and developmental disabilities. The group spends a few weeks providing service to the school and visiting nearby communities. Students also travel, taking part in a safari, viewing Mt. Kilimanjaro and touring historic sites in Dar es Salaam.
Service-learning elective in which senior and post-baccalaureate nursing students, through intensive experience applying principles of civic engagement and nursing knowledge, gain understanding of cultural differences and similarities between people of different cultures. Students use their skills and knowledge to help bring solutions to community-identified problems. Students will also have an opportunity to visit local sites of interest.
The Philippines Capstone for senior nursing students aims to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity through experiential learning, intercultural exchange, and collaboration with professional nurses in the Philippines. Students utilize learned nursing theories and concepts in providing care and understanding of differences and similarities with other cultures. Students participate in a three-week, in-country clinical experience that provides different perspectives and enhances sensitivity to the needs of patients with different cultural beliefs and traditions. Students are credited 60 hours of the required 135 capstone clinical hours.
Alternate Break Experiences (ABE)
Sponsored by Campus Ministry, Alternate Break Experiences offer service immersion experiences during school breaks.
Through an Alternative Break Experience trip you can …
- Serve by caring, building, listening and loving
- Travel to places like Louisiana, Guatemala, or Arizona
- Experience a week of service and learning with other students from St. Scholastica
- Change your perspective and make a difference
These values are the foundation of an ABE trip. If you’re open to serve, travel, experience, and change consider.
Spend your break serving the San Lucas Mission in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala.
- Service is part of the ABE trips as students work alongside the host community to address human, social and environmental needs. Whether working with children at a low-income daycare, doing home repairs, or sifting dirt for a reforestation project, service is an opportunity to directly touch the lives of others. This service is the starting point from which we can begin to understand the needs of our brothers and sisters and the culture of the host community.
- Stewardship invites us to reconsider our habits, examine the difference between “needs” and “wants,” and consider the implications of our lifestyle choices. Through valuing simplicity in stewardship the ABE experience invites students to recognize the conveniences and luxuries that fill our lives. The ABE teams decide together how to pack only what is truly needed and how to be good stewards during the trip. At your site, your choices may be limited by geography, money, transportation and safety.
“Live simply so that others may simply live.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
- Spirituality is part of the ABE experience as it is expressed by the ABE teams. Spirituality in the context of ABE brings together participants’ faith traditions, the Catholic Benedictine tradition of social justice and the Gospel call to service. The ABE program welcomes any student who is open to exploring and sharing issues of faith. Spirituality is how we express our own faith, beliefs and convictions, and the Benedictine tradition of St. Scholastica. Nightly reflections will give you the opportunity to share your own spirituality and learn from others in the light of the day’s experiences in the trust-filled setting of your ABE team.
“Prayer disarms the human heart.” ~ Edward F. Gabriele
- Solidarity recognizes that we are all part of one human family despite national, racial, religious, economic, or ideological differences. Solidarity respects the value of the individual while affirming the common good. There are many communities involved in ABE trips: the ABE team, the host community, the St. Scholastica community, and beyond. Participants are not simply individuals who experience ABE trips on their own, but rather they are a community that is there to support and challenge each other throughout the experience. ABE teams reflect together in challenging support of one-another, and grow as a community through shared work. Through ABE, the ABE team and host community mutually benefit from the presence of each other.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead
- Social Justice challenges students to recognize that it is not enough to simply do service. For example, when someone is hungry, we need to feed him/her. We also need to ask why the person is hungry and seek to change the social systems that create such issues in the first place. The dignity of the human person calls us to create social conditions that enable all people to achieve their full potential. Beyond direct service (e.g. serving a meal or roofing a house) ABE teams discover the political, economic, social, historical and religious issues which impact all of us. Through presentations, guest speakers, storytellers and educational opportunities, ABE trips seek to guide students to understand the interconnection between personal and societal responsibility.
“If you want peace, work for justice.” ~ Pope Paul VI
The College of St. Scholastica Social Work program has a formal exchange agreement with the Alice Salomon Hochschule (ASH Berlin) in Berlin, Germany. ASH Berlin offers Social Work courses in English and German language courses for students with limited language experience. The International Office at ASH Berlin provides support for students and organizes a diverse cultural program and regular international get-togethers for exchange and international students. Students have the opportunity to come together, network and get to know Berlin.
Student Teaching Abroad
The College of St. Scholastica, School of Education collaborates with the University of Minnesota Morris’s Global Student Teaching program to provide teacher candidates the opportunity to learn first-hand how culture affects teaching and learning. The Global Student Teaching experiences will provide valuable insight into how curriculum and instructional practices are influenced by history, culture, religion, and social norms. Through immersion in a different culture, teacher candidates simultaneously learn about the host culture as well as more about their own.
St. Scholastica is a proud member of the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA). HECUA has a 50 year history of providing experiential off-campus programs in collaboration with local communities in the United States. and abroad. HECUA offers off-campus academic programs for students to do integrative intellectual, political and artistic work in support of movements for social justice, peace and environmental sustainability.
Through HECUA, St. Scholastica students have an opportunity to study abroad in Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Ecuador, Norway and Italy. HECUA also offers several domestic programs in the Twin Cities and the southern United States.
The College of St. Scholastica is a member of ISEP. St. Scholastica students can study abroad on ISEP Direct programs at over 60 institutions in more than 35 countries. ISEP Direct programs give students access to living and learning alongside locals for a uniquely immersive experience.