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  • Locations: Bayeux, France
  • Program Terms: J-Term
  • Restrictions: SNC applicants only
  • Program Cost:: J-Term
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Program Type: Experiential
Housing Type: Hostels, Homes, or Hotels, Residence Hall Language of Instruction: English
Direct/Exchange/SNC: Faculty-led
Program Description:
France J-Term


What does it mean to be Norbertine? To embrace communio? Travel to Norbertine sites to experience the living history of SNC traditions. Led by Fr. Andrew Ciferni, HUMA 337: Communio and the Norbertines Through the Centuries is a 4-credit course that will take place in the Abbey of Mondaye (Normandy, France). In the country where the Order was founded, you will study Norbert’s life and a summary history of his Order, with a special focus on the revival of the Order in 19th-century Europe and in the Order’s missionary activity. You will study the retrieval of the concept of communio in the Second Vatican Council and then as a key concept in the Norbertine Constitutions. This will bring you back to a deeper understanding of the College’s Catholic, liberal arts and Norbertine mission.


You are encouraged to attend the four optional Pack+Prep sessions facilitated by the Center for Global Engagement during the Fall 2017 term. You are required to attend the mandatory orientation. Please see the Events page for dates, times, and locations.

HUMA 337: Communio and the Norbertines through the Centuries is a 4-credit course that satisfies the Catholic Imagination core curriculum requirement at the advanced level (C-CI, C-AD). Fr. Andrew Ciferni will teach and lead the Global Seminar. Honors students who enroll in HUMA 337 must complete additional requirements to receive honors credit. Please contact Stacey Wanta for more information. 

You will stay at Saint-Martin de Mondaye and experience the life of a Norbertine in this highly experiential learning environment. You will have instruction in lectures, peer learning, and day-to-day engagement in the common life, prayer, and ministry of Norbertines. You will also have the opportunity to explore the region of Normandy and northwestern France, including many of the historical sites (e.g., World War II cemeteries, Normandy Beaches), as well as the town of Laon. 

Accommodations and Meals

Throughout the program, you will have a shared room at the Norbertine Abbey with meals included. Classes will be held on site at the Abbey as well. 

Visa Information

Although no visa is required to travel to France, all students must have a valid passport. U.S. Customs requires all passports to be valid for up to six months after return date. 


For more information, please contact Fr. Andrew Ciferni
Disclaimer: Program information is subject to change.

Program Ratings:
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Program Reviews:
Whitney Marie Banker, J-Term 2017 Participant
I truly loved this experience. Having the opportunity to travel to a different country and see Norbertine values across the world was incredible. It was an amazing experience that I am so glad I had the chance to be a part of.

Delaney Anne Falenschek Sieber, J-Term 2017 Participant
I would recommend this program because it is rewarding to learn about a religious way of life and how that can relate back to our lives outside of church. It is also a good program to try out studying abroad if you are not sure you want to do a full semester. It is also good if someone would like to learn more about their college; it made me appreciate the college more. I also think that the teachers are amazing and knowledgeable; they are also the kindest people. Finally, this program allows students to bond together and make lifelong friends.

J-Term 2017 Participant
The program provides a chance to immerse yourself in the Norbertine Order, which is the topic of study for this course. It adds so much more to the material and learning to actually be able to see what you are studying.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
J-Term 2018 06/19/2017
06/23/2017 01/04/2018 01/15/2018
NOTE: Program dates are tentative and subject to change.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.