Creighton Studies Abroad with Jesuit Institutions
Creighton University has established student exchange programs with several Jesuit universities either through a consortium or a series of bilateral agreements.
Pushing internationalization is a “very Jesuit” concept according to Maria C. Krane, Ed. D., executive director of Creighton University’s International Programs. Since 2000 she and her staff have taken a systematic approach to help students attain global competence through study abroad. According to Krane, students are at the center of the conversation, and many request programs at international Jesuit higher education institutions for a simple reason: those institutions possess an academic and student service approach that embraces the values and mission taught at Creighton.
Creighton is a member of ISEP – the International Student Exchange Program, a Washington, DC, based network of 275 post-secondary institutions in the United States and more than 35 other countries. ISEP fosters cooperation among its members to provide affordable international educational experiences for a diverse student population. ISEP members are institutions of higher education that are regionally accredited (U.S. institutions) or recognized by their government or ministry of education (non-U.S. institutions). Although ISEP has its roots on a Jesuit campus (Georgetown’s), not all of its members are Jesuit institutions. Of the 135 ISEP member institutions overseas, four are Jesuit:
- Argentina: Universidad Católica de Córdoba
- Brazil: Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro
- Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO)
- Uruguay: Universidad Católica del Uruguay
Bilateral Exchanges with Jesuit Universities
Creighton also participates in two bilateral exchange programs – one with Sophia University, Japan, and the other with Sogang University, Korea. Key to the success of these programs is support by both universities, the attraction of courses offered in English, and the enthusiasm of the participants.
This year Creighton is hosting two students from Sogang while a Creighton student is spending the Fall Semester at Sophia.
Hilda Akati, a senior, studied at Sophia this past spring. Akati was fortunate to be awarded two scholarships to study abroad: The Freeman-Asia ($3,500) and the Gilman Scholarship ($5,000).
One of her co-majors is international business, so she took courses in international economics, production and operational management, international finance and Japanese. All courses were in English except for the Japanese course. The campus which was distinctly Jesuit featured many religious teachers and a church on campus.
“Not many Japanese people are Christians, so having a Jesuit, Catholic environment was a great opportunity,” Akati said. She especially liked that the campus offered many networking activities, which they called “clubs or circles,” and she joined the French and the English clubs.
“I had a wonderful experience and I met friends and developed relationships that I am still maintaining,” she said. “The campus is beautiful, the culture precious, the curriculum insightful, the city famous, but most of all the people are what makes it worth it,” she added.
School of Law Exchange
Creighton’s School of Law also has a special agreement with the Universidad Pontificia Comillas de Madrid, Spain, for the exchange of students. This agreement has been in existence for two years.
Under this program eligible Creighton law students may take a resident semester (up to 12 credit hours) at Comillas, and eligible Comillas law students may take a semester of law school at Creighton. Only second and third year students may participate in the program and participating Creighton students must be fluent in Spanish and approved by the Dean.
The objective of the exchange program is to provide Creighton law students with an opportunity to engage in serious study of law in a different cultural setting, to expand opportunities for training in international and comparative law (particularly the laws of Spain and the European Union), and to increase dialogue and promote understanding between the students and faculty in Spain and the United States.
Students selected for participation are assigned a faculty advisor who must approve each student’s academic program and course selection. Each student develops a written plan to define his or her educational objectives while studying at Comillas. The plan must specify the methods to be used in evaluating the student’s attainment of those objectives.
“Previously we have had two students from Spain, and a Creighton student will study there for the first time this semester,” said Craig W. Dallon, J. D., associate dean and professor of law at Creighton.
“Besides being very affordable, these programs help to broaden and sensitize a student’s educational experience and understanding, which is important in a world with a multitude of global issues,” Krane added. “Exchanges offer students a greater degree of immersion into the culture and, consequently, a greater opportunity for understanding the host country’s people, values, and worldviews. Exchanges with Jesuit universities further enhance our students’ experience, she said.