MAY 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

AHA Hosts Representatives from International Universities

Demarest, NJ: Students from the Academy of the Holy Angels take courses abroad and volunteer in numerous nations across the globe. This month, several Angels attended AHA’s International College Night and explored the possibility of earning college degrees outside the confines of the United States.

The AHA College Counseling Office organized this informative event, which featured panelists Julie Sappington from American University of Paris, France; Melanie Element from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; Shannon Ferrelly from University College Dublin, Ireland; Jay Shamlin from the University of Glasgow, Scotland; Cristina McCarthy from the University of Navarra, Spain; and Jackie Christopher from the University of Roehampton, England.

In their individual presentations, the panelists pointed out that attending a university in another country demonstrates a student’s independence and cross-cultural competence. In addition, listing an international institution on a resume is sure to facilitate lively conversations.

While students are urged to conduct their own research, they heard that many international degrees are transferrable. In some cases, the panelists said, students who attend international universities are able to earn their degrees in less time than it usually takes in the United States. Ms. Christopher said students at Roehampton could earn their master’s degrees by the age of 22. The panelists also discussed the relative affordability of full-time international study, and the possibility of applying American-issued loans and financial aid to the bottom line.

Ms. Element explained that McGill allows international students to work in Canada, since the study permit is also a work permit.

After the general presentations, students and their families had time to ask questions and meet with the panelists during a breakout session in the Student Commons.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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