Steeped in experience in higher-ed study-abroad and student exchange programs — particularly in Asia and South Asia — Theresa Capule has been named director of international students and study abroad. She will begin June 20, 2016.
Capule will work with students in Sweet Briar’s renowned coeducational junior year programs in France and Spain — JYF in Paris and JYF in Seville — as well as customized study-abroad programs in countries around the world. Capule will also welcome and support Chinese students coming to campus through Sweet Briar’s new Women’s Leadership Program. Launched this spring in partnership with the National Center for Sustainable Development (NCSD), the Women’s Leadership Program will attract exceptional Chinese students to study at Sweet Briar and in Washington, D.C. NCSD is a 501c3 with offices in Beijing and Washington, D.C.
Capule will collaborate with faculty to create dynamic classes abroad in which their students can participate. She will assist students and scholars from overseas who study and research at Sweet Briar for a semester, academic year or longer.
Capule comes to Sweet Briar from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., where she served since 2012 as assistant director of the global education office. In this role, she worked each year with 30 to 40 exchange students and about 165 matriculated international students.
Prior to Washington College, Capule worked in the global education office at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where she directed summer programs focused on cultural immersion. She also studied at VCU, earning her B.A. in history. She will be awarded her master’s in history from VCU in 2016.
“Coming from a multicultural family,” Capule said, “I grew up understanding the value of immersion in other cultures. Globalization has made firsthand study of the world not only enriching, but necessary.”
“It is a priority for us to host international students on campus and, as we have since soon after World War II, we encourage all our students to become immersed in the culture of a different country,” said Sweet Briar Academic Dean Pamela DeWeese. “Study abroad is a vital experiential learning component of higher education.”