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Independent Sabbatical

Design a Sabbatical

The Independent Sabbatical is an individually designed educational and cultural experience providing you with an array of opportunities.  While residing at CTU, you create your own schedule; take part in courses and programs at Catholic Theological Union; attend lectures and workshops at the four Hyde Park theological schools,  Loyola University, Northwestern University, and many other Chicago institutions of higher learning; explore the countless cultural resources of Chicago; and worship and pray in the global community of faith at CTU. 

Please note: those seeking an independent sabbatical do not need to fill out a Hesburgh Program application. Instead, they are asked to complete the CTU Application for Admission requirements for Continuing Education - for audit students. To view these requirements and to access the application, please click here.  

Independent Sabbatical Costs:

Item       Price
Program Fee$500 per semester
Room$675 per month or $2,700 per semester

Meals in CTU cafeteria

$960 per semester (1 meal a day) $1,800 per semester (3 meals a day)
Cost of a CTU course for credit$2,235 per 3 credit course
Cost of auditing a CTU course

$1,200 per 3 credit course

Cost of auditing Hesburgh Center Modules$75 per day
Personal growth counseling$100 to $200 per hour
Spiritual direction$30 to $60 per hour
Parking sticker Fall or Spring Semester: $310, July/August: $155, J-Term: $78, Summer Term: $78
Bus or train to downtown Chicagosee


Other items to consider:

  • Occasional meals at city restaurants
  • Trips to museums, theaters, movies, phone cards
  • Personal travel
  • Purchase of books and tapes


*costs subject to change without notice