Centre College raves of its study abroad program and the #3 ranking given by the Institute of International Education, in addition, the College was recently ranked #4 by U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 study abroad ranking.
The ranked institutions had the highest percentage of 2016 graduating seniors who participated in study abroad programs during their undergraduate years. Centre falls just behind Goucher, Soka and Susquehanna, with 85 percent of 2016 graduates participating in study abroad.
The opportunity to study abroad, along with a free passport for every incoming student, is a guarantee in the Centre Commitment.
“Study abroad isn’t just something we do at Centre, it is who we are,” said Kyle Anderson, director of the Center for Global Citizenship. “Any student or faculty member hoping to make engagement with the world a central part of their lives will look here first.
“With 85 percent of our students studying abroad and over 60 percent of our faculty leading programs overseas, knowledge of the world and a commitment to global citizenship permeates all of Centre’s activities,” he continued. “Experiences abroad are wholly integrated into student’ academic work on campus, serving as springboards for future research and service projects, international internships and employment.”
The College offers signature long-term, residential programs include Strasbourg, France; Merida, Mexico; and London England. These programs are fully staffed and led by the College. In each of these locations, students live with fellow Centre participants, sometimes in homestays with local residents, and are taught by Centre professors and local experts.
Other semester-long programs are available in Shanghai, China; Reading, England; Regensburg, Germany; Yamaguchi, Japan; Glasgow, Scotland; and Northern Ireland options at Queens or Ulster universities; and Segovia, Spain.
Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for three-weeks during CentreTerm. The 2019 study abroad courses will be located in Belize, Cuba, France, Germany, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Uganda.
“With growing interest in social justice, environmental sustainability and diversity and inclusion, our faculty are helping to design models for new abroad programs in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas,” Anderson said. “Capitalizing on the knowledge and maturity students gain abroad, we are in the process of expanding international and domestic internship offerings to help students further integrate academic work with career exploration.
“Our internships in Shanghai, China and Washington, D.C. continue to attract immense interest,” he continued. “In addition, the creation of a new Centre-in-New York City study away program is currently being explored.”
Learn more about study abroad and global citizenship at Centre College.
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 6, 2018