CECF’s Study Abroad Programs (SAP) strive to educate participants about the common roots of our traditions, to dispel much of the mystery, misunderstanding, or misconduct that leads, in many instances, to senseless conflict and hatred and to create an appreciation for diversity that exists in cultures around the world.
The Study Abroad Programs (SAP) take participants on tours of countries with rich cultural and religious histories that have shown periods of great cooperation between people of varying faiths, cultures and ethnicities. Programs are developed within these countries that include meetings and activities with:
• Religious leaders – share experiences of the century’s long religious tolerance in the region and discuss, why opposite impressions exist in the world today;
• Politicians and Government Officials – learn about the state and local system(s) that exist in each country and discuss that country’s worldview on a variety of issues relevant to the program
• Academics, Professors – expose students / participants to religious and secular universities, in order to interact and dialogue with faculty and students.
Each SAP includes organized tours to key historical and cultural sites relevant to the program. CECF has conducted 10-Day Study Abroad Programs, in partnership with Notre Dame of Maryland University, Loyola University, Coppin State University and Towson University to Jordan, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Spain, and Malaysia. These programs are expanding to include many more countries such as Indonesia, Belgium, Italy, France, Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya.