Global Learning Resumes for Walsh University

Students will Travel to New Destination for Study Abroad

Walsh University and the Franciscan University in Gaming, Austria have partnered to offer students and faculty an opportunity to experience a global perspective, an aspect of a Walsh education since its founding in 1960 by the Brothers of Christian Instruction.  Although international travel had been suspended during the pandemic, the restrictions have been lifted and six students will study abroad this semester. 

Austria-group-photo.jpg“I am excited to learn from people of different cultures inside and outside of the classroom,” said Jessica Pregizer, a sophomore special education major.  “To me, this experience means growth:  I hope to grow spiritually as we go on pilgrimages to many beautiful holy places, I hope to grow academically as I’m richly immersed in European culture, and I hope to grow physically as we challenge ourselves to hike through the mountains and experience many great adventures.”

The Franciscan campus, located at the Kartause, a restored 14th century Carthusian monastery in the foothills of the Austrian Alps, is a new destination for Walsh University.  Over the years, global learning programs have often been centered on the Brothers’ presence in countries such as Rome, Haiti and Uganda.  Prior to COVID-19, the University began to explore additional opportunities to supplement existing programs.  Walsh is also pursuing partnership options in Rome, Italy and Carlow, Ireland.  Additional locations are also being explored in South Korea, Vietnam and Singapore.

“Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student,” said Director of Global Learning & Service-Learning Michael Cinson. “Walsh is committed offering students a rich academic experience with a global perspective that prepares them for success in their future careers.  As the world becomes increasingly connected, experience with other cultures is a valuable academic, personal and professional asset.”

While in Austria, the students will take courses, travel to Italy, experience intercultural learning and grow personally and within their faith.

(Pictured left to right: Eva Klockner, Michael Sproull, Claire Campbell, Lindsay Eisenhour, Allie Hunter, Jessica Pregizer)

Coverage by the Canton Repository.