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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Exchange Internship Available: No
Language of Instruction: English Housing Options: Independent Housing, Residence Hall
Click here for a definition of this term Credits: 12, 15 + Program Advisor: Robert Dowden
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Drama, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Film, History, Journalism, Library & Information Science, Management, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Politics, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Theology
Program Description:

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The CUA-UNDA Exchange Program allows students to live in an international setting while studying under the guidance of a world class university and faculty. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C., Catholic University is a six-minute Metro ride to Union Station. From there, it's a short walk to the national monuments, free Smithsonian museums, D.C. nightlife, and the White House.


Enrolled at & nominated by the University of Notre Dame Australia
Good academic and disciplinary standing
Willing to adhere to all CUA policies and guidelines
Meets the English language proficiency requirements.


A typical American undergraduate course load is 15 credits (usually 5 courses). A graduate course load is 9 credits (usually 3 courses). Undergraduate exchange students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits, but are encouraged to take 15.

To view CUA course offerings, follow these instructions:
  1. Go to the Class Search page in Cardinal Station.
  2. Enter the following information:
Institution: The Catholic University of America
Term: Select the most recent spring term.
Course Subject: Select the appropriate department.
Course Number: Greater than or equal to 100
Course Career: Choose either Undergraduate or Graduate
Do not check “Show Open Classes Only’ or “Show Open Entry/Exit Classes Only.”

   3. Hit "Search."

The resulting list of courses is not current and may change, but it should give you an approximate idea of what will be available during your term at CUA. Registration for 500- and 600-level courses will require special permission from the department. Students may also use this process at the start of the semester to find out where the course will meet.

Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program allows exchange students to become immersed and socially integrated into the Catholic University community through the partnership of Catholic University students. Buddies provide a friendly face, helping hand, and offer that first CUA friendship, which can make a world of difference for incoming international students.  The CUA host students are interested in meeting international students and helping them adjust to life at CUA and in Washington, DC. Your buddy can help you as you explore campus and even the greater city of Washington. To ensure that you have the best experience possible, we will also coordinate several cultural excursions over the course of the semester. These excursions may be events like a baseball game, pumpkin carving, a scavenger hunt, or a holiday meal. To sign up for the CUA International Buddy Program, please complete our short online questionnaire.


Students may choose to live in on-campus residence halls or independently arrange their own housing off campus. Once a student's study abroad application has been submitted, however, the housing choice cannot be changed.

Generally, exchange students will receive confirmation of their Fall housing assignment by mid-August and for the Spring semester by mid-December. Students planning to be at CUA for both Fall and Spring semesters should note that housing is not available during Christmas Break as the residence halls are closed.

The cost of housing is the responsibility of the visiting student, and will be charged to the CUA student account. For your convenience Housing Services sponsors several Move-in Services including the sale of XL twin sheets (all mattress at CUA are twin XL). International students that choose to purchase these linens may have them mailed to Housing Services; Housing Services will then deliver them to your room. For more information on housing options, room rates (see Room Types and Rates under Living at CUA), and other services, please visit the CUA Housing Services website.

Meal Plan

Students have the choice of enrolling in a CUA meal plan.  Options are outlined on the Dining Services website, and student should note their selection on the Residence Hall and Dining Services Application, which is submitted as part of the application. Students who need special dietary accommodations should contact CUAbroad prior to arrival.

Students who do not wish to purchase a meal plan may still purchase meals in the campus cafeterias.  They may also eat out in local restaurants, or purchase food at a grocery store and prepare it on their own.  Students should be advised that individual rooms do not have kitchen facilities, although they are usually available on each floor of the student dormitories.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2021-2022 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 08/25/2021 05/07/2022
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Please consult with us prior to booking travel.
Fall 2021 04/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission 08/25/2021 12/19/2021
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Please consult with us prior to booking travel.
Spring 2022 10/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.