Below are study programs sources for you to consider. Review the information carefully, considering these criteria:
- Academics (i.e., suitability of courses to your major)
- Time (i.e., fall vs. spring vs. summer)
- Length (i.e., summer vs. semester…)
- Cost (Can you afford it?)
After careful consideration of these issues, choose a program, and then schedule an appointment with an adviser in the Center for Global Education. He or she will discuss your choice(s) further. Consider first the programs that have an affiliation agreement with Central or that are part of the Ohio International Consortium.
Central State Affiliate Programs
An affiliate program (also sometimes called a third-party provider program) is a program that is organized by a study abroad provider which has an affiliation agreement with Central State University. To participate in an exchange program, the Central State student pays his/her tuition to Central State as usual, and Central State pays for the program, excluding air fare. The student may use his/her federal financial aid (through FAFSA -- http://www.fafsa.ed.gov). There are no Central State grants for affiliate programs. The student is also responsible for his/her air fare. All credits for courses that a student completes with a grade of “C” or better are transferable to Central State University. Before applying to participate in an affiliate program, the Central State student must first ensure that the provider is an affiliate of Central State. The student may do so either identifying the provider on the list of affiliate programs below or by verifying with the Center for Global Education (in case there has been a change or addition).
To participate in a short-term program (less than a semester) through an affiliate provider, the student pays his/her tuition to the provider, NOT to Central State University. As with other programs, CSU would redirect any federal Financial Aid to the provider. Also, all credits for courses that a student completes with a grade of “C” or better are transferrable to Central State.
Below are guidelines for applying for the various international experience programs. Central State University will not be responsible for any costs a student incurs by planning to study abroad without following these guidelines.
Central State University is in agreement with these affiliates for summer or semester programs abroad:
USAC - The University Studies Abroad Consortium http://usac.unr.edu For 30 years, USAC has provided university students with affordable, valuable study abroad programs and contributed to the internationalization of universities in the US and abroad. It currently has 41 program locations in 26 countries, with many locations unique for study abroad. Students from any university are welcome to participate. Central State is a USAC member institution as are the other public universities in Ohio. The Ohio International Consortium (OIC) charges in-state tuition to Ohio residents on Education Abroad programs offered through its partners.
The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) was founded in 1964 and has more than 40 years of experience in organizing study abroad programs. It has helped more than one million participants realize their dream of international education and cultural exchange. AIFS provides study abroad programs in 16 countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Costa Rica, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Peru, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. For more information: http://www.aifsabroad.com
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) provides quality programs and services to individuals, employers, communities, and educational institutions. For more information: http://www.ciee.org
Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA) provides college study abroad programs to U.S. & Canadian students in 15 countries and 27 cities across the globe, including Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Africa, and Spain. For more information: http://www.gowithcea.com
International Partnership for Service-Learning (IPSL) IPSL programs combine academic studies and community service and full cultural immersion to give students a deeper, more meaningful study abroad experience. For more information: http://www.ipsl.org
International Studies Abroad (ISA) is a study abroad provider with 13 destination countries that encompass 26 distinct and exciting cities. ISA has been providing quality study abroad programs for U.S. college students since 1987. Its study abroad program sites include a variety of cities in Argentina, Belgium, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Italy, México, Morocco, Peru and Spain. For more information: http://www.studiesabroad.com
Semester at Sea (SAS) – Studying abroad while sailing the globe is the invention of Semester at Sea and its predecessor programs. Since 1963, SAS has stayed true to its mission as an educational non-profit: the development of global understanding through life-changing international experiences. For more information: http://www.semesteratsea.org
School for International Training (SIT) – A pioneer in experiential, field-based study abroad, SIT Study Abroad offers semester, summer, and academic year programs in more than 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. It offers field-based academic study abroad programs for undergraduates and accredited master’s degrees and certificate programs for graduates and professionals.