The George R. Muirhead 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 George R. Muirhead Center for International Education (CIE) is the cornerstone of the University's commitment to international education. The center contributes to the University's mission by developing and supporting internationally focused programs, both academic and extracurricular. It provides a forum for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to pursue common interests through on-campus international activities, as well as programs of study around the globe. Working in collaboration with the University's academic departments and programs, the center also promotes curricular integration of international education and the preparation of globally competent students.

Through its network of more than 20 university partnerships around the world, the center makes overseas study options available to both graduate and undergraduate students. In any given year, the CIE offers a variety of CCSU-sponsored programs in Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America to nearly 500 students. CCSU students are strongly encouraged to pursue overseas study as part of their academic programs, either via long-term study at our partner universities, or through short-term study in faculty-led courses abroad. By living and learning in another culture, CCSU students prepare for an increasingly integrated and interdependent world.

The center also welcomes, advises, and supports a growing number of international students each semester, including the students who come to CCSU from around the world to engage in intensive English language instruction. Through programming that brings students of many different heritages together, the center fosters a spirit of cross-cultural understanding and provides opportunities for students to respect the customs and values of others, learning more about themselves in the process.


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