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CEA Global Education, Providence College Announce Center for Theology and Religious Studies in Rome

October 01, 2010
by CEA CAPA Content Creator
CEA Global Education and Providence College are pleased to announce the launch of a new study abroad program at CEA’s Global Campus in Rome, Italy: The CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies.
   This unique collaboration combines CEA’s outstanding student admissions and academic management and support with Providence College’s distinguished academic leadership and religious tradition. The Center will begin admitting students for semester study in Fall 2011. The Center’s targeted enrollment will be students from U.S. colleges and universities.

“CEA Global Education sees this collaboration with Providence College as an exciting new venture for both parties,” said John D. Heyl, CEA’s vice president for strategic partnerships. “We value Providence’s Dominican tradition, outstanding theology faculty and commitment to the whole student experience. CEA’s leadership in Rome will help this creative concept become a reality for students and faculty alike.”

The Center’s curriculum will focus on the unique opportunities to study theology and religion in Rome — the historic focus of the Roman Catholic Church. Students will take two required courses, “New Testament in the Eternal City” and an Italian language course, and choose from a range of elective courses representing a number of disciplines. They also are invited to enroll in other courses selected from the comprehensive curriculum offered at the CEA Global Campus in Rome.

   Dr. Kevin J. F. Murphy, CEA’s Academic Dean and Campus Director in Italy, will serve as the first Director of the Center. Providence College will appoint a Faculty Resident Director each academic year. Faculty will be drawn from local experts and scholars, as well as visiting Providence College faculty. Students will be able to learn from leading scholars from the city’s Pontifical colleges, as well as from representatives of the major institutions of religious devotion and instruction in Rome today (Roman Catholic, Jewish, Orthodox, Muslim, Lutheran, and Anglican).

Students also will have the opportunity to attend and participate in the calendar of international conferences and events organized by the Roman Catholic Church and related institutions.

The Center is coordinating an ambitious agenda for the coming years. CEA/PC plans to initiate a public lecture series, partnerships to support advanced research, and student volunteer and internship opportunities at religious and charitable organizations.

The Center will provide a venue for advanced research by offering visiting faculty, students and independent scholars facilities to pursue their work in Rome, to use the Center’s facilities and resources, and to enjoy the Center’s help in gaining access to Italian archives and libraries.

“Providence College is genuinely excited to collaborate with CEA Global Education to offer this exceptional study abroad educational opportunity, which will impact not only students but faculty scholars as well,” said Adrian G. Beaulieu, dean of the Center for International Studies at Providence College. “The CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies truly will be a center of focused academic excellence, independent research, and faculty development, and will lead to innovative career pathways for students.”

Additional details regarding the new CEA/Providence College Center for Theology and Religious Studies will be announced in early October 2010 on both the CEA and Providence College Web sites.

Find more information online at and Learn more about the CEA Global Campus in Rome at

Shannon Cates
Director of Program Development
CEA Global Education

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