The Center for International Education engages faculty and students in the pursuit of global understanding. The Center promotes knowledge and awareness by providing opportunities for people from different cultures to interact and exchange ideas. The Center values diversity, and fosters an environment that advocates cross-cultural understanding and international cooperation.
The Center for International Education
Established by the Board of Governors for Higher Education in 1987 as a statewide Center for Excellence in International Education, the Center for International Education is the cornerstone of the University's commitment to international education and champions the vision to be “global in perspective and outreach.” The Center contributes to the University's mission by developing and supporting internationally focused programs, both academic and extracurricular, and providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to pursue common interests with partner institutions around the globe. Working in partnership with the University's academic departments and programs and the Internationalization Laboratory, the Center promotes the concept of graduating globally competent students.
Through the extensive network of university partnerships around the world, the Center makes many overseas study options available. In any given year, the Center offers programs in Europe, the Caribbean, West Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, and new programs continue to be developed and nurtured. CCSU students are strongly encouraged to pursue overseas study as part of their academic programs, whether long term study through the Study Abroad Program or short-term study through the Course Abroad Program. By living and learning in another culture, CCSU students are prepared for the increasingly integrated and interdependent world around them.
The Center also welcomes a growing number of international students to campus each semester, advising and supporting international students as they pursue their studies on our campus, including the study of English in our Intensive English Language Program (IELP). Through intercultural and community-based programming, which brings CCSU students together with students of many different cultures and origins, the Center fosters the understanding of diverse values, beliefs, and world views for all of our students.. The Center is proud of the role it serves in providing Connecticut citizens with opportunities to learn more about the complex, rapidly changing, and better connected world in which we work, live, and learn on our way to becoming world citizens.