Special Programs

Cooperative Education Program

Cooperative Education is an academic program that integrates classroom study with career-related work experiences. Co-op work experiences are paid, full-time, six-month positions related to academic and career interests. Co-op is an optional and, in most cases, non-credit program. The program is coordinated through the Center for Advising and Career Exploration (CACE).

CCSU's program consists of professional preparation one semester before going out to work, with six months of paid co-op employment. Thus, students apply textbook learning to on-the-job training. The money earned often helps students finance their University education.

Co-op students are assigned to a CACE Advisor/Cooperative Education coordinator who guides their career development and develops appropriate co-op placements. Students receive instruction in skills that make the difference in today's job market: résumé writing, interviewing techniques, career planning, and job-seeking strategies.

Through participation in the co-op program, students can graduate with up to two years of career-related work experience and, possibly, with a job offer. Many of CCSU's co-op students are offered permanent positions with their co-op employers upon graduation. Nationwide, graduates of co-op programs are hired at higher salaries and promoted faster than other employees. For students unsure of a career, co-op is a no-risk way to test job options. For those set in their goals, co-op provides a direct route from campus to career.


Intensive English Language Program

The Intensive English Language Program (IELP) offers full-time and part-time English language and American culture instruction to international students and faculty, foreign professionals, and members of the Connecticut community.
The IELP is dedicated to ensuring that students have a positive experience. Drawing from a strong curriculum and professionally degreed faculty, each session's courses are tailored to meet the needs of the students enrolled at that time. Classes are small, so teachers get to know and offer support and encouragement to each student individually. Activities arranged by the IELP offer students the opportunity to meet and interact with American students and local culture.  Living in another country is an exciting adventure and a challenge. The members of the IELP understand this and are here to help in every way possible. The IELP and the George R. Muirhead Center for International Education staff are always available to answer questions about visas, adjusting to American culture, academic planning, and other issues.
For more information, please contact the IELP in Barnard Hall, Room 124, at 860-832-3376 or IELP@ccsu.edu


Cooperative (Interinstitutional) Programs

Click here to learn about CCSU's Cooperative (Institutional) programs, including:
- CCSU/Tunxis Community College Honors Computer Science/Mathematics Program
- State College/University Reciprocity Program
- Hartford Consortium for Higher Education
- Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)
- Air Force Aerospace Studies



OnlineCCSU is the virtual classroom of Central Connecticut State University.
Responding to the emerging trends of learning-on-demand, CCSU offers courses that traditionally were only available in the classroom.
Online learning, also known as distance education, takes place using computer technology and the internet when the faculty and students are separated by distance, i.e., not in the same room. Within semester limits, OnlineCCSU offers asynchronous learning, which means the instructor and the students need not be in the same room at the same time or on the computer at the same time. This means students may sign on any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Except where the faculty have set test dates, chat room sessions, etc., students do not need to sign on at the same time as other students or at the same time as the instructor.
OnlineCCSU offers both graduate and undergraduate courses, and new courses are added every semester. CCSU faculty, who design and teach the courses, are at the core of this distinctive learner-centered program. Credits earned online are eligible for credit towards a degree.
Full-time and part-time matriculated students (students who have formally applied and been admitted to CCSU) who already have a faculty advisor should continue to consult with that advisor regarding online courses.
Non-matriculated students do not need a faculty advisor to register for an online course.
For information on OnlineCCSU courses, visit www.ccsu.edu/onlineccsu


Pre-Professional Programs

A Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee is available to assist students interested in preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, and related fields in the health sciences for which undergraduate training is required prior to admission to other institutions. The Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee consists of faculty members from the departments of biology, biomolecular sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, physics, and psychology.
Students interested in pre-health professional programs should consult Dr. Peter Osei, program coordinator for the health professions, Department of Biology, NC 339 (860-832-2657), and Dr. Cheryl Watson, chair of the Pre-Health Professional Advisory Committee, Department of Biomolecular Sciences, NC 344 (860-832-2649). Additional information is available at http://www.prehealth.ccsu.edu.

Students intending to apply to law school should consult with one of the pre-law advisors early in their academic careers, and no later than the junior year.
Since law schools do not prescribe a particular academic program, students considering a career in law may select any undergraduate major. Information regarding academic planning and requirements for application to law school is available from the pre-law advisor, Robbin Smith, political science, and also from Kathleen Bantley, criminal justice; Katherine Hermes, history; Steven Horowitz, psychology, and Donna Sims, School of Business.


Study Abroad Programs

Students of Central Connecticut State University have the opportunity to enhance their education and improve their career options by studying abroad! The University offers a choice of CCSU-sponsored international programs:  short-term Courses Abroad and semester- or year-long study at one of Central's Partner Universities overseas. In addition, study at an approved CCSU program can count in fulfillment of the International requirement for General Education.

Short-term programs, which are led by University professors, offer students a variety of credit-bearing courses in many locations around the world.  These Courses Abroad are offered three times a year, during winter session, spring break, and summer session.  Detailed information, including registration deadlines, program dates, cost, and sponsoring major departments, is available at the beginning of each academic year on the CIE website: http://www.ccsu.edu/cie.

Students may also elect to study abroad for a semester or a year at one of CCSU's Partner  Universities located in Brazil, Chile, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Northern Cyprus, Poland, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.  In general, students participating in one of these exchange programs pay tuition and fees to CCSU.  Although variations in payment procedures occur, depending on the partner university, CCSU financial aid applies to most Exchange programs, and applications are due April 1.  Courses earned at a partner university transfer as residency credits, and apply toward Central's graduation requirements. 

To plan either type of study abroad program, contact the International Education Coordinator in the Center for International  Education (CIE), Barnard Hall, Room 123, or call 860-832-2040.  Specific program information for all international programs and dates of regularly scheduled information sessions can be found on the CIE website at: http://www.ccsu.edu/cie.

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