The person who has a well rounded education from different colleges becomes a well rounded individual that not only matriculates but uses what they know for the betterment of society. Father George Rutler is one such individual who was educated at universities across Europe and the U.S.
Rutler was born in 1945 and became the youngest episcopal rector to head the Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. He was educated at Pontificia Universita Gregoriana(or Pontifical Gregorian University) in Rome, Italy. The Institute of Spirituality in particular was founded in 1958 and uses primarily the Ignatian Way of teaching and proceeding. This means that “finding God’s way is better in decision making”.
The Institute boasts undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, Psychology, Theology, and diplomas in Family ministry and ecology plus many more. There are no Autumn sessions for final examinations but can be requested by the student.
Rutler is also a Rufus Choate Scholar. These are awarded to students who are eligible with an annual grade average exactly matching or exceeding the lowest standing in the top 5% of the previous students’ years. He received this award through Dartmouth which is located in New Hampshire in the U.S.
Dartmouth offers a wide range of programs that most U.S. colleges offer: humanities, music, economics, social sciences, government and interdisciplinary programs such as African and African American studies, linguistics, and environmental studies.
Final examinations according to the 2020-2021 schedule are given in Fall, Winter, and Spring at different days and times. However, what truly sets Dartmouth apart, is their flexible study plan.
The flexible study plan is a 4 10-week study on campus allowing students time to work, find an internship or study abroad.
Pontifica and Dartmouth aren’t the only abroad colleges that offer something special. Kyoto College of Japan is ranked Japan’s 2nd best university and is located in an idyllic spot “dotted with shrines and temples”. The campus is at least 333 acres large and touted as “pleasant”.
Kyoto makes it clear on their website that they do not have a “department specifically focused on Japanese language studies”. Those who prefer to study the Japanese language should find an appropriate language school before attending the college. Their degree systems are similar to those abroad and in the U.S. A Bachelors’ takes four years to earn, a Master’s two years, and a doctorate is an extra three to five years to earn.
Students are expected to take liberal arts courses and science courses first, and in many ways this is similar to degree curriculums in the U.S. and abroad- foundation courses. As a bonus, their law degrees are part of the faculty that serves as a teaching and research resource in the laws and politics of Japan.