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Why Study Abroad?

Why Study Abroad?: Study abroad, whether for a few weeks, a semester, or a full year, affords opportunities for students to gain valuable, first-hand international experience. Study abroad enables a greater degree of understanding of peoples and issues the world over, helps participants grow as students and as people, enables a sense of global citizenship, and greatly expands one’s professional options.  Study Abroad gives one the opportunity to learn about the history, economy, ecology, politics, music, indigenous cultures, human rights issues, and legal systems of different countries and of meeting and sharing ideas with students, scientists, activists, and artists from around the world. 

CCSU International Partnerships: CCSU sponsors exchange agreements with a wide variety of universities across the globe. For a full list of CCSU's partner universities and for a wide variety of other pertinent information, consult the Center for International Education (CIE) Website. International and Area Studies students can study at any of CCSU's partner universities, or may arrange opportunities at other world universities, depending on their personal and academic interests. Students should meet with their advisor to determine which study abroad programs match their needs. However, CCSU students pay CCSU costs for credits taken at CCSU partner universities and these courses transfer as credit. CCSU financial aid also applies to a partner university program.

Short Courses Abroad: CCSU also offers a variety of course abroad opportunities each year, led by university faculty. Recent course abroad programs have been conducted in Brazil, Ghana, Belize, Panama, Australia, the UK, Spain, Cuba, Peru, Italy, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago, among others. The Center for International Education, located on the first floor of Barnard Hall, issues an annual catalog where CCSU Course Abroad programs are discussed.

Study Abroad with CSU Sister Institutions: CCSU Students are also eligible to participate in the study abroad programs sponsored by our sister campuses within the Connecticut State University (CSU) system.  Stop by the Center for International Education (CIE) for more information on programs offered by Eastern, Southern, and Western Connecticut State Universities. CCSU financial aid and scholarships will apply and transfer credit is assured. 

Credit and Transfer Credit: CCSU students can now fulfill part or all of their International Course Requirement through Study Abroad.  This applies both to short-term faculty-led courses abroad to semester-long study abroad that results in approved CCSU transfer credit.  And it applies even if the equivalent course on the CCSU campus does not bear an International designation.  In other words, studying abroad per se will earn you credit toward the 6 credit I-course requirement.   

Language Concerns: Partner Universities that are located in countries where English is not the native language may offer a variety of courses in English for English-speaking students.  CCSU students with foreign language proficiency may also have the opportunity to take courses in the native language, and students with elementary or intermediate foreign language skills can often find programs that combine courses in English with opportunities to improve foreign language skills.

Other Advice: Meet with your advisor and start planning early for your international experience. Pre-approval by your advisor and the International and Area Studies Program Director is required to transfer in credit in your major. If you cannot spend a semester abroad, consider a short-term, faculty-led Course Abroad. Do some international homework:  research the destination country, including its history, culture, laws, and language ahead of your travel.

Outside Funding Opportunities: A wide variety of scholarships and exchange programs can be found on-line. Information about hostels and other low-cost living arrangements are also available. Below we list some links to information to enable travel and study abroad.

International Scholarships Online is a comprehensive collection of scholarships, grants, and more information to help fund study abroad endeavors.

International Student Exchange provides helpful tips and advice to students interested in studying abroad. Although this site focuses mainly on international student travel in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, they offer study abroad information and opportunities elsewhere.

School for International Training offers field-based academic study-abroad programs in over 40 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Benjamin A. Gillman International Scholarships provides grants to students of limited means who wish to study abroad.

International Student Exchange is a resource for study abroad loans to help students fund their international educational experience.

UCLA Scholarship Resource Center has links to various scholarship opportunities and tips to help earn scholarships to fund study abroad. This center provides lots of useful information about possibilities that extend across all continents.

Study Abroad Links lists a directory of scholarships and resources for students planning to study abroad.

Rotary International Ambassador Scholarships sponsors study abroad students to connect with international Rotary clubs to achieve a deeper understanding of another culture and their own cultural experiences. These scholarships will end in 2013 and will be replaced with district and global grants starting with the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Freeman Asia Award Program gives need-based scholarships to students desiring to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.

National Security Education Program focuses on the languages and cultures of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Students in this program are involved in intensive programs to increase cultural and linguistic competency in the region of study and are encouraged to bring these skills to a career in the Federal Government.

The Kosciuszko Foundation is an organization dedicated to increasing American awareness of Polish history and culture. They offer scholarships and summer programs for students seeking to study abroad in Poland as well as opportunities for teaching English in Poland.

DAAD (German American Exchange Service) offers scholarships and programs for students at all levels to travel abroad to Germany.

Order of the Sons of Italy has scholarship opportunities for United States citizens of Italian descent.

Travel Punk offers a wealth of resources for students travelling on a budget, including airfare, hotels, and hostel information.

HostelsPortal.comis a commercial site but nevertheless gives a good overview of what is available for travel.

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