Local Students Earn Academic Honors Panacopoulos Studying Abroad in Rome

Emma Panacopoulos, of Lynn, is spending the spring semester studying abroad at Assumption’s Rome Campus.

As the birthplace of the liberal arts and an epicenter of the Catholic faith, at the College’s Rome Campus, students immerse themselves in a variety of different cultures. The courses, taught by Assumption faculty who are well-versed in Italian culture and history, don’t just take place in a classroom; faculty and students explore Rome’s many historic sites, art galleries, churches, and other landmarks to learn about history, art, business and much more. Weekend excursions, included in tuition, to cities like Florence, Naples, Pisa, or Venice encourage students to broaden their cultural, educational, and personal horizons through exploration of these rich historic places.

“As a Catholic liberal arts institution, Assumption’s Rome Campus is another way in which the College aims to educate the whole student, providing them experiences that encourage intellectual and personal growth, both inside and outside of the classroom,” said Eloise Knowlton, Ph.D., associate vice president for academic affairs and director of the study abroad program. “Studying abroad at the Rome campus is a once-in-a-lifetime, transformative experience that allows students to live and study together in a tight-knit learning community, as they explore the birthplace of the classic liberal arts tradition.”

Studying abroad not only provides students with a unique learning opportunity, but improves their understanding of other cultures and expands their world views, an asset that might increase employability after graduation. According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), a recent survey of 800 U.S. business executives found that “75 percent of the companies indicated that a global perspective was important for their staff and 80 percent believed their overall business would increase if more of their staff had more international experience.”

Learn more about Assumption College’s Rome Campus at www.assumption.edu/rome.

Founded in 1904 by the Augustinians of the Assumption in Worcester, Mass., Assumption College is a Catholic liberal arts institution that offers undergraduate students 33 majors and 49 minors in the liberal arts, sciences, business, and professional studies; as well as master’s and continuing education degrees and professional certificate programs-each through an educational experience that is grounded in the rich Catholic intellectual tradition. The curriculum enables students to gain a depth and breadth of knowledge that leads to professional success and personal fulfillment. Students-whether on the Worcester campus or at the College’s Rome, Italy, campus-become engaged participants in Assumption’s classic liberal arts education, exploring new ideas and making connections across disciplines. To prepare for the workforce, students learn cutting-edge theory and best practices, conduct innovative research, and develop excellent communication and critical-analysis skills. Assumption graduates are also known for their thoughtful citizenship and compassionate service to their community. For more information about Assumption College, please visit www.assumption.edu.

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