Caux Scholars - FAQ

Does the Caux Scholar Program (CSP) offer scholarships?

We encourage everyone to fundraise. Some students have been able to get funding from their universities. Others have been sponsored by NGO’s, places of worship, or local clubs, such as the Rotary Club. We do help a very few scholars, from countries with devalued currencies, with a full or half scholarship.

Does CSP help with travel expenses?

We do not have money for Scholar’s travel expenses, but occasionally have been able to link up scholars with people who have helped.

What is the age range of a class? How many are still at university?

We have a wide age range 20-35, and that has been successful. The median age is the mid-to late twenties. About one third of the class is in their early twenties.

What is life like at Caux?

Busy! What with attending class in the mornings, sports and service opportunities in the afternoon, meeting with interesting visitors to the conference center over meals, and music/theatre/dancing in the evenings…there are often too many great choices! Scholars have been known to sit out under the stars, go for a mountain hike at dawn, or walk to the waterfall to find quiet spaces. (See a day in the life of a Caux Scholar.)

Is there a lot of reading and writing as part of this course?

More reading than writing. We send a pre-reader before the course begins. A manual, which is a collection of articles, is given to scholars during the first days of the program. Often faculty hand out some readings that apply to their lectures. Mid-way there is a journal/essay of around 6 pages to hand in and a shorter reflection piece/evaluation at the end.

I would like to get independent credit. How do I go about this?

Students should contact their own universities, or work with a professor, to see if they can get credit for independent study. There are usually additional requirements, such as more reading and a long paper expected from those who get credit for this program.

How diverse will the class be?

Since diversity is important for good and honest conversation, we aim to be as diverse as possible. A class of twenty often has people from 15 different countries or backgrounds. We make sure a number of students come directly from an area of conflict.

Other questions?

For further information, please email Jitka Hromek-Vaitla, Program Director.