CCSU Study Abroad programs ranked among nation's best.
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 CCSU Study Abroad Programs among the Best

 November 22, 2011

NEW BRITAIN, CT – Central Connecticut State University is among the top universities in the U.S. for opening doors to students who seek the travel abroad experience. Rankings, recently released by the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Open Doors 2011 report, gives CCSU’s Study Abroad Programs high marks in two areas.

Among the 600-plus master’s level colleges and universities CCSU ranks 30th for the number of students who study abroad.

The short-term, faculty-led Course Abroad Program ranks 19th in the nation among master’s-level institutions for the number of students who travel outside of the U.S. to study. Each year, more than 500 of CCSU’s undergraduate and graduate students take part in the short-term programs offered by the Center for International Education (CIE). Under the direction of CCSU faculty, who develop academic courses designed to use the world as a classroom, the course destination might include, for example, a one- or two-week trip to locations in France, Spain, China, New Zealand, Great Britain, Nicaragua, or another country.

“Short-term Course Abroad Programs work well for CCSU’s student population,” said Lisa Marie Bigelow, who manages the Course Abroad Program as part of her responsibilities as the CIE Associate Director. “Many of our students have not traveled abroad before and find comfort traveling with experienced faculty and other students.” Often those students, she says, share the desire to have their first international experience carefully planned out for them.

The short-term component seems to be especially attractive to students who need to work around their studies, employment and family responsibilities, according to Dr. Nancy Birch Wagner, CIE director. She points out that “having worked at other prestigious institutions of higher education before coming to CCSU, one of the first things that struck me when I arrived was how affordable CCSU’s Course Abroad Programs are. While other institutions might factor a profit into their program prices, CCSU offers programs at-cost and makes every effort to identify and provide scholarships to students who participate in our programs.”

Information about CCSU’s 2012 Course Abroad Programs are available online at www.ccsu.edu/CoursesAbroad. Programs are open to matriculated and non-matriculated students, as well as students attending other area colleges and universities.

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Open Doors, supported by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, is a comprehensive information resource on international students and scholars studying or teaching at higher education institutions in the United States, and U.S. students studying abroad for academic credit at their home colleges or universities.

Media contact:  Janice Palmer, CCSU Media Relations  (O) 860.832.1791   (C) 860.538.2649   palmerj@ccsu.edu