Then and Now

Study abroad turns 50. Happy birthday! Come celebrate with us on a trip to England in summer 2014.

Study abroad turns 50. Happy birthday! Come celebrate with us on a trip to England in summer 2014.

This year marks half a century since the late Richard Coz, S.J., formally launched Study Abroad at Santa Clara. What started out as a small program for 30 to 40 students each year has grown tenfold. Today, more than one-third of all SCU undergraduates have the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the global context of their lives and work while studying in places such as Italy, Argentina, and South Africa.

From 1963 to 1995, Fr. Coz taught economics, officiated at rugby matches, and photographed numerous sporting and student-sponsored events. He also created the Durham, England, study program, which quickly became a popular summer abroad destination for many Broncos. His international economics course, annual pub crawl, field trip to Stratford-upon-Avon, and Elizabethan banquet—complete with mead, but without utensils—were staples and treasured memories of this annual experience for more than 20 years.

To honor Fr. Coz’s contributions and the 50th anniversary of the Study Abroad Program, the Alumni Association is proud to announce Then & Now—SCU in England, our alumni travel destination for summer 2014.

Past meets present as we travel from London to York to Durham on this distinctively Bronco study abroad excursion. Tim O’Keefe, professor emeritus of history, and Dennis Gordon, former executive director of international programs and current chair of the political science department, will lead us on personalized tours, share insider’s knowledge and little-known facts, offer educational lectures, and contribute their 50-plus combined years of English history, politics, geography, and Santa Clara connections.

Trip highlights include a matinee at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, a reception with local alumni and SCU students currently studying in London, a trip to Fountains Abbey, a visit to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, dinner in Durham Castle, a visit to Hadrian’s Wall, and plenty of free time to explore and find your favorite pub.

We also recently received approval from Durham Cathedral to place a commemorative bench on the River Wear in honor of Fr. Coz. We will host a dedication ceremony while in Durham to permanently recognize and memorialize Fr. Coz for his role as the founding father of the Study Abroad Program. I’m sure a goblet of mead will be in order!

Visit our website to learn more about Then & Now—SCU in England.

My one regret during my time as a Santa Clara student was not studying abroad. But I realize it’s not too late! So whether you want to relive a fond memory or create a new one, I hope you’ll join me on what I know will be a rich learning experience, memorable journey, and unique opportunity for a global context in our lives and work.

Go Broncos!

Kathryn Kale ’86 
Assistant Vice President for Alumni Relations

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