Study Abroad
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Central College is proud to offer off-campus programs around the world as part of our commitment to global experiential learning. These include semester, year-long, summer and short-term options. Each academic major allows space for students to study off campus for at least one semester, earning credit toward a major, minor or core curriculum requirements. For more information contact

Study abroad was established at Central College in 1965 and continues to offer distinctive study abroad programs around the world. Central programs are built on outstanding experiential education pedagogy, rigorous academic standards, and reciprocal community relations, creating opportunities for superior student learning. Programs that are facilitated by our resident directors are also open to students from other colleges and universities.

The Central Difference

Central's distinctive programs integrate academics, personal journey and intercultural learning. Three types of programs are available to Central College students: semester, year-long, and summer programs in which a resident director is on-site (director-led); faculty-led opportunities, including summer, semester-long, and short-term programs (often integrated into course work on campus) in which Central College faculty develop and lead the curriculum and educational excursions for students; and partner programs in which Central students receive academic credit when enrolled in programs that are hosted by approved providers.


Director-Led Programs

Resident directors provide individualized attention to students. Starting long before arrival, directors work individually with each student, coaching them to maximize their time abroad.

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Faculty-Led Programs

Central's faculty develop study abroad opportunities around a discipline-based and cultural curriculum. Faculty work individually with students to prepare them for the international learning opportunity and maximize the experiential learning time abroad.

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Partner Programs

Central students have an opportunity to participate in domestic and international semester-long programs for full academic credit. Course work in these programs is pre-approved to meet graduation requirements.

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Map of Central College study abroad locations around the world.

Contact Us

You can reach the Central College study abroad staff at the study abroad office at 800-831-3629 or or meet our staff.