Special Undergraduate Academic and Co-Curricular Programs
Rockhurst students are encouraged to study abroad in a number of accredited programs that literally open the classroom door to the world. A variety of well-established programs is available, many with a social justice focus in The Jesuit Tradition. Locations are in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe. Programs are through affiliated universities and study abroad providers. In recent years, our students have studied in countries including Kenya, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, China, New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, France, Chile, the Czech Republic, Spain and Italy. In addition to year-long programs, students may chose to study abroad for a single semester or during the summer. Opportunities range from studying at U.S.-American-style campuses with classes conducted in English to participating in immersion programs, in which students live with host families and take classes together with students from the host countries. Internship programs available at certain sites provide specific practical experiences in international settings.
Students studying abroad are registered as full-time Rockhurst students, and may apply State or Federal financial aid toward the cost of studying abroad. Students may receive transfer credit for elective, core, or major courses, keeping their programs of study on track while experiencing diverse cultures. Contact the Director of Study Abroad to learn about available programs and for assistance in the application process.
In addition to the large number of programs available through study abroad providers, Rockhurst offers three programs of international study through the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature, the Theatre Department, the Helzberg School of Management, and the Department of Biology.
- Mexico. Students may attend a summer program of intensive study in Spanish at several locations in Mexico, including Oaxaca, Puebla, Merida, and Xalapa. Students may live with local families while studying a variety of subjects—from archaeology to politics. Students who participate in this program can obtain credit during the summer, as well as experience significant improvement in their Spanish proficiency.
- France. The Rockhurst Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literature provides a unique summer program in France for students of any major. Students experience the culture and excitement of a specific region of France while gaining French language proficiency and valuable insights through first-hand experience.
- Spain. Students have the opportunity during the summer to study in a language and cultural immersion program in Spain. The program can accommodate students at all levels of language proficiency. Students earn academic credit, stay with a Spanish family, and travel to areas of interest several weekends during the program.