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Global News and Events

Global News and Events

The faculty, staff and students at Chestnut Hill College are involved in many global initiatives. The events calendar and news stories below give you a peek at what they are doing.

International Students

Chestnut Hill College recently welcomed 24 international students from 11 different countries to study here for the fall semester.

Black HIstory Month logo

Thanks to several groups including the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Black Student Union, La Voz Latina, and the Office of Global Education, the month of February will feature several events to celebrate black heritage, as well as Asian heritage in a celebration of the Lunar New Year.

Belgian waffles

From Commuter Appreciation Week to Waffle Wednesdays, November featured great events for students to enjoy together.

student in Paris

Philadelphia and Paris are actually very similar. They both have a tough, gritty charm that is complemented by beautiful architecture and a rich history.

Christmas in Denmark

It can be argued that no one celebrates Christmas quite like the Danish. In Denmark, Christmas celebrations last for the month of December.

international students ride bikes in Belgium

CHC is well on its way to becoming truly a global community with more than 100 international students attending each year and partnerships with 20 institutions of higher education in other countries

Trachanda and Gloria in front of CHC shuttle bus

On September 12, the Global Education Office welcomed Gloria Lupo Pasini, a representative from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore — CHC’s partner university in Milan, Italy.

CHC students in Belgium

Last week, six Chestnut Hill College students arrived in Belgium to begin their semester-long study abroad experience at HOWEST (University College West-Flanders). 

Trachanda showing students slide show about studying abroad

Chestnut Hill College continues to expand its global partnerships, and with it, opportunities for CHC students to study away for a semester or academic year. To kick off the semester and welcome a new class of Griffins, the Global Education Office hosted a Study Away Information Session on September 13 open to all interested students.

Students watching slide presentation

The Global Educating Office recently hosted this semester’s first installment of the annual Travels at Teatime series, which gives exchange students the opportunity to share a taste of their home country and culture with the greater CHC community.

International Students

More than 40 new international students have joined CHC this semester, representing nearly 20 countries.

baby elephants in Africa

Just a few days after Commencement, six CHC students, including two newly minted graduates, will travel to Kenya for the trip of a lifetime.

Wayne Jacoby, president of Global Education Motivators, Inc., left, and Temur Tordinava, director of the Tbilisi Kindergarten Management Agency, shake hands confirming their agreement.

Representatives from the Tbilisi Kindergarten Management Agency and members of the Tbilisi City Council from the Republic of Georgia visited CHC in November to attend a professional development training program in early childhood education.

Teach in participants

The country’s largest Catholic social justice conference was held in mid-November, bringing nearly 2,000 high school and college students together to learn, reflect, pray, network and advocate in the context of the Catholic faith tradition.

Sister Rita Michael Scully

For more than four years, Rita Michael Scully, SSJ, M.A., associate professor of English, has traveled the streets of center city Philadelphia, delivering socks to the homeless. Twice a month on Saturdays, she makes her way up and down Market Street always ending her journey at Old St. Joseph’s Church on Willings Alley for Mass.

students in the classroom

Chestnut Hill College has just announced the addition of an interdisciplinary minor in European Union and European Studies to its academic roster. 


Participants will have the chance to propose solutions to global issues before presenting their findings in front of members of the United Nations.

Ana Marjanovic Shane

Ana Marjanovic-Shane, Ph.D., associate professor of education, has received a 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar grant and will spend four months in Serbia, teaching at the University of Belgrade.

video conference

Students from Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will join CHC students for a three-part videoconference moderated by representatives from  United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) and Wayne Jacoby, co-founder of Global Education Motivators (GEM), an educational non-governmental organization located at CHC.

UNAI conference

Students at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudia Arabia, and students from CHC, prepared presentations on topics ranging from fashion to civic engagement, sharing their knowledge with audiences nearly 7,000 miles apart.


As part of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC), Megan Welch ’15, and Nicole Carney ’15, along with education professor Marie Leahy, SSJ, took part in a true service-inspired trip with students from Marywood University, in support of the Bigwa Secondary School in Morogoro, Tanzania.

Global Studies students

All students at CHC must take the Global Studies course as part of their general education requirement. Section topics include global warming, economic inequality, terrorism...