Jesuit Worldwide Learning Bologna



Higher Education on the Margins.

Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) provides higher education for people at the margins of society.  Since 2010, JWL has enrolled students worldwide at training centers in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Caribbean.  In 2019, JWL will partner with the SHC Italy Center to establish, for the first time, a learning center located in Europe.  This innovative collaboration will bring together a community of learners to include American university students, migrants and the marginalized living in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy.  

Academic Expectations:

  • American participants are to enroll in a minimum of four courses per semester as a part of their study abroad experience.  

  • JWL students may enroll in a maximum of three courses per semester, over a two/three year period, leading to a Diploma in Innovation and Social Change.

Educational Outcomes

  • A two- to three-year diploma in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Innovation and Social Change for 15 students from the margins through a hybrid of online and on-site courses.

  • A summer institute, mid May through mid June, in which students from the margins and students from the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) participate in academic and experiential based programs concentrating on Innovation and Social Change.

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The SHC Italy Center, based in Bologna, represents a coalition of 15 United States colleges and universities and provides a liberal arts curriculum instructed in English.  The distinguishing feature of the Italy Center is the depth of social justice programming which provides students an opportunity to engage with the European migration crisis.


Jesuit Worldwide Learning (JWL) provides equitable high quality tertiary learning to people and communities at the margins of societies – be it poverty, location, lack of opportunity, conflict or displacement – so that all can contribute their knowledge and voices to the global community of learners, foster hope, and create a more peaceful and humane world.