Catholic University Inbound Exchange
St Mary's University Students
The Catholic University-St Mary's University, Twickenham Exchange Program allows students to live in an international setting while studying under the guidance of a world class university and faculty.
Enrolled at & nominated by St Mary's University, Twickenham
Good academic and disciplinary standing
Willing to adhere to all Catholic University policies and guidelines
Meets the English language proficiency requirements
. Accepted tests are the TOEFL, IELTS, and HKDSE.
A typical American course load is 15 credits (usually 5 courses). Exchange students must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits, but are encouraged to take 15.
To view Catholic Universitycourse offerings, follow these instructions:
- Go to the Class Search page in Cardinal Station.
- 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: Undergraduate
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 Catholic University. 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.
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 Catholic University friendship, which can make a world of difference for incoming international students. The host students are interested in meeting international students and helping them adjust to life at Catholic University 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 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 Catholic University student account. For your convenience Housing Services sponsors several Move-in Services
including the sale of XL twin sheets (all mattress at Catholic University 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
, and other services, please visit the Catholic University Housing Services website
Students have the choice of enrolling in a Catholic University 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.