2020 Summer Abroad Coronavirus Updates:

  • Updated 10:26 a.m., March 23, 2020 (Rome)

    Updated 10:26 a.m., March 23, 2020

    Dear Participants and Students Interested in the Rome Human Rights Law Summer Program,

    We just want to check in with you all to thank you for your patience as we continue to wait to hear the University’s decision on whether the Summer Human Rights program will take place in Rome this summer. The University’s Director of Education Abroad, Grace Schneider, has informed us that the University still plans on making its decision on April 14.

    Even though all museums and cultural sites in Italy have been shut since March 8th, we are fortunate that we can visit some virtually. Here are some links you may enjoy:

    -Gli Uffizi through hypervision at: https://www.uffizi.it/en/online-exhibitions

    -Vatican Museums virtual tours at:      http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

    -Virtual Tour of the Musei Capitolini (Capitoline Museums) at: http://tourvirtuale.museicapitolini.org/#en -Ara Pacis at: http://www.museivaticani.va/content/museivaticani/en/collezioni/musei/tour-virtuali-elenco.html

    -And many more at: https://www.romeandart.eu/en/art-museums-virtual-rome.html

    As we wait for the final decision, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, Assistant Director Professor Lucia Silecchia and Program Administrator Constantia Dedoulis.

    In these challenging times, we hope that you and your loved ones are well.

     

    Sincerely,
    Susanna Fischer
    Associate Professor
    Director, Human Rights Law Summer Program in Rome
    The Catholic University of America
    Columbus School of Law
    Washington DC 20064
    202-319-5568e

  • Updated 10:10 a.m., March 13, 2020 (Krakow)

    Updated 10:10 a.m., March 13, 2020

    Dear Participants and Students interested in the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow,

    We update you all on the current situation with regard to the Summer International Business and Trade Law Program in Krakow.  In light of the current COVID-19 concerns as well as travel restrictions announced by the United States government, it remains unclear whether we will be able to continue with the summer program as planned.  Catholic University will make a preliminary decision regarding the program on April 14, 2020, and this preliminary decision will be communicated as promptly as possible to us as organizers and then immediately by us to you by email.

    If the COVID-19 situation has begun to improve substantially by April 14, we may be able to move forward with the program.  If it has deteriorated, then we may have to cancel.  Criteria that would lead the University to take the decision to cancel are:

    • The Center for Disease Control travel advisory is at a Level 2 or higher
    • The Department of State travel advisory is at a Level 3 or higher
    • Catholic University extending the general suspension of study abroad programming into the summer term.

    While the above are broad guidelines, the University nevertheless reserves the right to make adjustments if other factors merit additional consideration.  We also ask you to understand that the decision on April 14 will be a preliminary decision. The health and safety of University students and program participants is our highest concern.  The program may be cancelled at any time – even after April 14 – if the University believes that the situation warrants cancellation.

    If we need to cancel on April 14, we will refund your deposit and application fees, which should be the only fees that you would have paid to the program thus far.

    Because of the continued uncertainty, we recommend that students delay purchase of flights and/or choose flights with no-fee cancellation policies.  Many airlines are relaxing their normal cancellation and flight change policies.  A summary of current policies is available through studentuniverse.com.  We also recommend that students who are arranging off-campus accommodation ensure that it can be cancelled without charge as we cannot reimburse students for private accommodation costs.

    We realize this situation is difficult for you.  We hope that the situation will improve and that we will be able to proceed with the program this summer.  In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, Vice Director Professor Kurth and Program Administrator Constantia Dedoulis.

     

    Best wishes,

    Rett R. Ludwikowski,  Ph.D.

    Professor Emeritus and Director

    International Business and Trade Summer Law Program

    Columbus School of Law

    The Catholic University of America

    Washington D.C. 20064 

  • Updated 09:26 a.m., March 13, 2020 (Rome)

    Updated 9:26 a.m., March 13, 2020

    Dear Participants and Students Interested in the Rome Human Rights Law Summer Program,

    I want to update you on the current situation with regard to the Summer Human Rights Law program in Rome. In light of the current COVID-19 concerns as well as travel restrictions announced by the United States government, it remains unclear whether we will be able to continue with the summer program as planned. Catholic University will make a preliminary decision regarding the program on April 14, 2020, and this preliminary decision will be communicated as promptly as possible to us as organizers and then immediately by us to you by email.

    If the COVID-19 situation has begun to improve substantially by April 14, we may be able to move forward with the program. If it has deteriorated, then we may have to cancel. Criteria that would lead the University to take the decision to cancel are:

    • Center for Disease Control travel advisory remaining at a Level 3
    • Department of State travel advisory remaining at a Level 3 or higher
    • Catholic University extending the general suspension of study abroad programming into the summer term. 

    While the above are broad guidelines, the University nevertheless reserves the right to make adjustments if other factors merit additional consideration. We also ask you to understand that the decision on April 14 will be a preliminary decision. The health and safety of University students and program participants is our highest concern. The program may be cancelled at any time – even after April 14 – if the University believes that the situation warrants cancellation.

    If we need to cancel on April 14, we will refund your deposit and application fees, which should be the only fees that you would have been charged for the program thus far.

    Because of the continued uncertainty, we recommend that students delay purchase of flights and/or choose flights with no-fee cancellation policies. Many airlines are relaxing their normal cancellation and flight change policies. A summary of current policies is available through studentuniverse.com. We also recommend that students who are arranging off-campus accommodation ensure that it can be cancelled without charge as we cannot reimburse students for private accommodation costs.

    We realize this situation is difficult for you. We hope that the situation will improve and that we will be able to proceed with the program this summer. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me, Assistant Director Professor Silecchia and Program Administrator Constantia Dedoulis.

    With very best wishes,

    Susanna Fischer
    Associate Professor
    Director, Human Rights Law Summer Program in Rome
    The Catholic University of America
    Columbus School of Law
    Washington DC 20064
    202-319-5568

  • Concerns about Coronavirus Updated: 2:20 p.m., March 4, 2020

    Concerns about Coronavirus
    Updated 2:20 p.m., March 4, 2020

    We appreciate your interest in Catholic University’s summer abroad law programs: International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy, and International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland. As the start date of our summer programs is over two months away, we are hopeful the programs will operate as scheduled. In light of concerns about the coronavirus, the administration of both the University and the Law School will continue to monitor the situation as the weeks go by and will make decisions, as necessary, depending on current advice and health concerns.

    As is our policy, we will certainly refund any funds paid to us should it become necessary to cancel the programs. Please exercise caution as you make plans that may involve significant expenditures (airfare, off-site accommodations) to ensure that they are refundable in case our plans have to change in the interest of health and safety.

    We regret this situation remains uncertain. We will provide you with updates going forward and encourage you to contact us if you have any additional questions about your planning.

     

Thank you for your interest in Catholic University’s summer abroad law programs!

For over twenty-five years, Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law has offered law students from Catholic University and around the world the opportunity to enrich their academic study and preparation for professional life by offering summer legal study abroad. In Summer 2020, we are pleased and proud to offer our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland, with optional externships at international law firms. The Law School's International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome, Italy will be offered in 2020, as well.

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International Human Rights Summer Law Program Rome, Italy

May 16 - June 6, 2020 (4 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

The International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome is offered in even years. We look forward to hosting the program again in Summer 2020. Students earn four credits over a concentrated three-week program of study. Students study and live in Rome, the Eternal City, which is home to the Holy See, a major international advocate for human rights and provider of humanitarian relief throughout the world. Rome is also the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organization as well as other legal and humanitarian institutions of interest to those studying human rights.

In addition, Rome's historical, cultural, religious, and legal significance make it a perfect setting for a concentrated study of human rights law. Students select two 2-credit courses from a menu of courses that focuses on different aspects of human rights law. Formal study is supplemented with planned visits to local legal institutions and organizations, as well as the opportunity to explore the city of Rome and enjoy some of Italy’s religious, cultural, and historic treasures. At the completion of the program, students still have over two months free for summer employment before classes commence for the fall semester. Alternatively, students may continue their legal studies by applying to participate in our International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Cracow.

2018 - CUA Law students study human rights law in the Eternal City

2016 – CUA Law Students Participate in CUA’s International Human Rights Summer Law Program in Rome

International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Krakow, Poland

June 15 to July 17, 2020 (3 – 6 credits) (click here to learn more about the program)

Catholic University’s joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Krakow has provided students with intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives on regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the EU, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. As the nations of our world become more connected and interdependent, and today’s lawyers are increasingly called upon to demonstrate competency in the laws of more than one country, our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills for global practice.

Poland is an ideal site for our program in law of the European Union and international business and trade, as the nation has undergone numerous transitions to one of the most dynamic economies in the European Union, attracting investment from Germany, China, the United States and many other countries. Foreign investment has driven down labor costs, raised productivity, and contributed to the transformation of Poland into a successful market economy.

While students earn three to six credits, they will study and live with English-speaking Polish students, making the program a true cultural exchange. The rigorous curriculum will be enhanced with activities that include a tour of Krakow and several cultural and historical excursions. For those interested in acquiring practical experience in either an American or Polish law firm or legal institution, externship placements may be arranged through the director of the program either before the program commences, during or after it has concluded.

2019 - The International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Remains a Strong Vibrant Opportunity for Law Students

2018 - Law Students Participate in CUA Law's 2018 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland 

2018 (Fall) - CUA Law Reunion Weekend Speaker Series Celebrates 15th Anniversary of the CUA-JU LL.M. in American Law and 27 years of the International Business and Trade Summer Law Program

2017 - CUA 2017 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program, Krakow Poland

2016 – CUA 2016 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program in Krakow, Poland Celebrates 25th Anniversary