Busy spring at The Lay Centre

Students and staff of Caldwell College are photographed on the grounds of The Lay Centre during their study abroad program in Rome.

ROME — Studying abroad is a goal for many university students and an increasing number of American universities are offering such opportunities. This past spring, The Lay Centre welcomed to Rome several groups of students and faculty from American colleges and universities for their study abroad program. The Lay Centre facilitated part of their stay and programming in the city.

Among the university groups were the University of St. Thomas, Belmont Abbey College and Caldwell University in May. The Lay Centre also facilitated the annual meeting of the members Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities in Rome last month.

In line with The Lay Centre’s mission to advance interreligious dialogue, the centre also organized a program for the students and faculty of Cambridge Muslim College and of the Center for Islamic Theology of the University of Tübingen in April.

Some American study abroad students have a lesson in the shade of the portico of The Lay Centre this past spring.

The program coincided with a public event, held at The Lay Centre, with Bishop Paul Tighe, adjunct secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Kerry Robinson, founding executive director and global ambassador of The National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management.

The Lay Centre is committed to offering and facilitating quality international programs as part of its mission of formation and education.

According to “Inside Higher Ed,” there has been a push in recent years to increase study abroad participation rates of American universities, so that more American young adults can better prepare for a career in a global economy.

Some students of of Belmont Abbey College gather on the grounds of The Lay Centre for their study abroad program.

Generation Study Abroad, a national initiative spearheaded by the Institute of International Education, seeks to double the number of American students studying abroad by the end of the decade. The mission of the organization is to create opportunities that will allow young adults to benefit from the positive experience of studying or interning internationally.

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