Study Abroad

JPCatholic offers a unique model of study abroad with a variety of destinations. Each trip is an interactive academic experience that starts with ten weeks of classroom instruction on-campus here in Escondido and culminates in a week or two of travel led by the professor. Destinations may be international or domestic, and each course is specially designed to provide a unique cultural and educational experience to the student. The coursework continues into the trip itself, and students will be able to explore cultural, historical, and religious sites both in organized tours and in their free time.

Students can expect for there to be at least one study abroad experience offered each year. See upcoming trips below:

HUMA 360: Study Abroad: Rome and Florence

Prof. Max Hulburt
March 14-29, 2020

This spring break trip will give students the opportunity to travel to Italy and spend two weeks focused on Rome and Florence. The trip will immerse students in the art, history, and traditions of the Catholic Church, inspiring them in their own creative pursuits.

The academic experience begins in the Winter Quarter, as students will meet every other week for a class that academically and culturally prepares them for their time abroad. They will study history, art, and architecture to give them a deeper appreciation of the sites and culture they will encounter on the trip. They will also study the Church’s influence on Western Civilization, with a special focus on the Renaissance and Post-Reformation periods.

The course extends into the trip itself, with a mixture of organized sightseeing and free time for the students to explore on their own. Students can expect to visit sites of great historical and religious significance, such as St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Uffizi, and the Accademia Gallery. And yes – plenty of time to enjoy the amazing food and gelato!

Students will earn three humanities credits for the course.

Update: This trip has been cancelled due to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can a student participate in a study abroad trip without enrolling in the class?

Yes, students may also join a Study Abroad trip without receiving credit. Students may also choose to simply audit the class leading up to the trip.

What additional costs are associated with study abroad trips?

In addition to normal tuition, students should expect to pay a course fee to cover lodging, some meals, and other aspects of the trip. The amount of this fee will vary by trip. In addition, students are expected to pay for and book their own airfare. Students should also budget additional spending money for food, souvenirs, and miscellaneous expenses.

Are are all grade levels allowed to participate in study abroad?

Yes, freshmen through seniors may participate in study abroad trips. Freshmen wouldn’t have space in their schedule to take the course for credit, but they could audit it.

What other destinations are planned for the future?

Several ideas are in the works, and more details will be posted here as they become available. One potential addition is a trip to Ireland led by President Connolly and focusing on international business. Check back to this page for updates!