Marianist University Exchange Program
By Jack O’Gorman, MEA University of Dayton,
Katherine Lehman-Meyers, MEA St. Mary’s University,
and Sharon LePage, MEA Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Students at one of the three Marianist universities in the U.S. can take classes at the other schools.
From the University of Dayton: According to Karen McBride, Director of Education Abroad and Partnerships, University of Dayton Students are directed towards the application home pages linked here and here.
As with any exchange program, students must work with their academic advisor for approval. Once students are nominated by UD to go to Chaminade or St. Mary’s, they start receiving information from those schools about registration, arrival and housing. While their tuition is paid to UD that term, students are responsible for securing and paying for their housing in Hawai’i or Texas. Payments for housing are made directly to each university.
From St. Mary’s University: St. Mary’s students who want to study at our sister schools should contact Nicholas Medina, Assistant Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
From Chaminade University of Honolulu: According to Shauna Pimentel-Motooka, CUH Director of Admissions, students must apply through the online application https://forms.chaminade.edu/
St. Mary’s Student Exchange Experience
By Kendall Traa, Junior, St. Mary’s University, all photos also taken by Kendall
St. Mary’s University is the perfect place for me, however, having lived in San Antonio my whole life I was looking for a change of scenery. When I heard about the opportunity that we have as students at a Marianist university to study at one of the sister schools, I was immediately interested. I looked into both Dayton University, and Chaminade University, but Hawai’i was definitely seeming like the place for me. Two of my closest friends on the soccer team took advantage of this amazing opportunity a year before, and they told me every time I saw them that it was their best decision as a college student. Once I made the decision and completed all the requirements to begin my semester abroad, I was both anxious and excited for what was to come.
Attending Chaminade University of Honolulu changed my life in more ways than one. My eyes were opened to new culture experiences, and the Heaven on Earth that is Hawaiʻi’s beaches. I swam with Sharks, hiked beautiful trails, and even had the chance to visit Japan in the spring for our week long break. I joined clubs, and met friends from all over that I still keep in touch with today. In addition to these adventure experiences, I also grew in my faith life and as a person. I attended mass every Sunday night on top of the Chaminade hill, and was constantly reminded of the beauty of God’s creation. Living so far from my home taught me a lot about myself, and really helped me to grow as an individual and become a better, more independent version of myself.
Overall, taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to throw yourself in another place’s culture and traditions is one that I would not pass up. Whether students chose to visit Ohio, Texas, or Hawaiʻi, they will not be disappointed with the life experiences and lessons you are sure to have. Although the process of getting everything set up for this exchange program isn’t the easiest as you have to figure out what classes will transfer, living logistics, and gain approval from several different people, it is definitely worth the work and effort. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I highly recommend that every student that has this desire to explore different places, step out of their comfort zone and pursue this experience.