The purpose of their administrative visit was to familiarize themselves with the P.C. in Rome program “on the ground” so that they can effectively administer the logistics and details of the Program back home. Although only on a short stay with us, they were able to pack in a host of activities including class observations, meetings with students, faculty, staff, and administration, and even a tour of some student apartments for a true picture of what daily life is like here for a semester abroad.
Mr. Haberle and Dr. McGoldrick met with the CEA Rome Team and discussed academics, housing, student life, co-curricular opportunities, and partnerships with Italian universities in Rome.
One evening they met with students for an in-depth conversation on their experiences here and asked what they would tell potential students who were considering a semester in Rome. The students were able to relate the blessings as well as the challenges of “Italian life” and living in the chaotic, busy, but also beautiful city of Rome. They told them about the wonderful experience they are having and the places they have already seen in just eight weeks.
We were especially happy that their administrative visit was this week since we were able to bring them with us to the Wednesday Audience with Pope Francis.
Administrative visits like this are important because it strengthens the bond with the home campus and helps to ensure effective collaboration between P.C. and CEA. By familiarizing themselves with P.C. in Rome, Mr. Haberle and Dr. McGoldrick can now bring back a deeper appreciation of how our program, in a unique way, perhaps, from other study abroad experiences, flows from the very heart of the College mission as a Catholic, Dominican institution.