CCSU exemplifies its distinctive international mission through programs administered by the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education, which was established as a Statewide Center for Excellence in International Education by the Board of Governors for Higher Education in 1987. The Center contributes to the University’s vision to be “global in perspective and outreach” by developing and supporting internationally-focused programs and providing a forum for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to engage with partner institutions and international communities around the globe. Working with CCSU’s academic departments and programs, and with the faculty of the Internationalization Laboratory, the Center promotes the graduation of globally competent students.
Through its network of university partnerships around the world, the Center offers semester- and year-long study opportunities in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United Kingdom. The University’s short-term, faculty-led programs rank annually among the largest in the nation, and offer overseas opportunities for credit in many majors and in all regions of the world.
The Center also welcomes a growing number of international students and scholars to campus each semester, advising and supporting international scholars, exchange students, degree-seekers, as well as students who come to Central to learn English in the Intensive English Language Program (IELP). The University’s distinctive international mission is also served by its delivery of two long-standing Master’s programs in education in collaboration with educational institutions in Jamaica.
By embracing international education as one of its distinctive elements, the University has incorporated global awareness, international teaching and research, and diverse outreach components into its institutional goals and objectives – and has ensured that the Center for International Education is the place where these efforts are coordinated, assessed, and promoted.