50 years of International Leadership

... As part of the celebration year, Central College has pledged to join the Institute of International Education (IIE)’s Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. Central is building on its already strong commitment to study abroad and will work to increase the number of undergraduate students who study abroad to 65 percent of each graduating class.

Currently, approximately 50 percent of Central students study abroad, most for a full semester, compared to a national average of 14 percent. The goal of 65 percent, while more ambitious than many schools participating in the initiative, demonstrates Central’s strong commitment to international experiences for students.

“For 50 years, Central College has been a national leader in providing opportunities for undergraduate students to study abroad,” said Dr. Mary Strey, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty. “We look forward to expanding our global footprint during the next half century while continuing to provide students with a high quality, high impact education.”


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