Study Abroad was established at Central College in 1965 and continues to offer distinctive programs worldwide including semester, year-long and summer options. 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 supported 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.
Quick Facts: Study Abroad at Central College
- Over 50% of Central student study abroad prior to graduation, over 5 times higher than the national average.
- Small programs (average size = 24 students) allow for more personalized academic programming.
- Experiential learning opportunities with the local culture are available through service-learning, internships, language partners, community involvement, and courses alongside local students.
- More than 15,000 students from over 400 American colleges and universities have studied with Central College since 1965.
- Central’s programs are open to both Central and visiting students from U.S. colleges and universities for academic credit.
Invitation to Students from Other Colleges and Universities
- Students from other colleges and universities are invited to participate in Central’s director-led programs. Students from partner institutions are eligible for scholarships. The Travel Grant Program: $1,000 grant to study at one or more of Central’s programs.
- The Visiting Faculty Program welcomes faculty from partner institutions to teach for one semester on our program in Merida, Yucatan. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.