Location: Harkins Hall 215
Adrian G. Beaulieu, Ed.S., Dean
The Center for International Studies supports the mission of Providence College “as a community committed to academic excellence in pursuit of the truth, growth in virtue, and service of God and neighbor.” To that end, the Center seeks to provide a welcoming learning and living environment whereby members of the PC community are exposed to a diversity of cultures, social and political viewpoints, and come to truly see and understand themselves as world citizens.
The Center administers a comprehensive and academically integrated study abroad program, with over 300 program options for undergraduates. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to visit the Center or its Web site for information concerning study abroad program options. The development of program options for students is carefully designed to augment and enrich the liberal arts perspective of Providence College. Programs are assessed in terms of quality of educational experience, relevance to the students’ academic interests, and potential for cultural enrichment. Faculty advisors and departmental chairpersons participate in the planning process and assist in advising students as to appropriate program choices.
Planning for Study Abroad
Student planning for study abroad should begin as early as the freshman year. Careful planning of the student’s curriculum over their four years at Providence College will ensure that course work can be completed in the proper sequence and that course work and credits completed abroad will count towards the undergraduate degree. The Center provides assistance to students throughout the process, from informational sessions prior to departure to the processing and posting of academic credit upon completion of a semester, year, or summer abroad. For summer study abroad, the College also approves a wide range of programs. Students should contact the Center for information on available program options.
Application for Study Abroad
Applications for study abroad approval on a semester or year program must be made to the Center for International Studies by December 1 of the academic year prior to the intended semester(s) of study. Applications for summer study abroad are typically due in mid-March. Interested students should consult with Center staff in Harkins 215 for additional information regarding programs, applications, and deadlines. In all instances, final approval for study abroad must be granted by the dean of international studies.
Home School Tuition and Portability of Student Financial Assistance
As part of Providence College’s commitment to academic excellence and opportunity, study abroad is an integral component of the undergraduate academic curriculum. In order to make study abroad equally accessible and affordable for all students, regardless of financial means, the College follows a Home School Tuition policy. Students pay their normal PC tuition and a study abroad fee for the semester or academic year abroad. Students with financial aid receive both their merit and need-based aid for study abroad, as part of the home school tuition policy.
Academic Credit and Grades on Semester or Academic Year Study Abroad
Academic credits and grades earned on semester or year study abroad are recorded as PC course credits and grades. The courses, credits, and grades are posted on the student’s academic transcript and course grades are calculated into the Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).
PC in Rome: Center for Theology & Religious Studies
In partnership with CEA Study Abroad, the PC in Rome program offers a semester-long study abroad program for students to study theology and religion, along with Italian language (required), and elective courses in a variety of disciplines, many of which fulfill Core Curriculum requirements. Rotating PC faculty members serve as the professor-in-residence for the program each year, and teach alongside local scholars and experts. Housed in the historic Prati neighborhood in the center of Rome, just a few minutes’ walk from Vatican City and Piazza Cavour, the Center’s academic program takes advantage of Rome’s religious, historical, and cultural sites as an extension of the classroom itself. Students share apartment housing in the Prati neighborhood, which is easily accessible to the Center.
Theology courses offered include: