Global Education


Faculty Led Programs

The Center for International Education offers students different program options for faculty-led study abroad programs. Students travel with faculty members to the host country and enroll in Central State University courses. Students should research all options and in conjunction with the Program Coordinator and select a primary program to which to apply.



This tour, led by Dr. Giddings, explores the unique cultural history of Guyana, South America, a former British colony and now a developing nation.  Guyana is a small country, but from which so much can be learned about the intersections of culture, history, environment, and politics.  Guyana comprises a mosaic of peoples, including Amerindians, and descendants of India, Africa, China, Britain, and Portugal.  With only an 800,000 population within an area of 83,000 square miles, Guyana has diverse urban, rural, and rain forest territories, and boasts unique and diverse flora, fauna, topographies, and industries.  Guyana is South America’s only Anglophone country, the colonial legacies of which are seen across the country’s unique cultures, traditions, institutions, and foods.

This experiential study abroad course explores select fundamental features of Caribbean cultural History as manifested in Guyana, South America, and from an interdisciplinary perspective. Inquiries and methods from History, Africana Studies, Political Science, Fine & Performing Arts, Geography, and Linguistics will aid and guide our exploration and interrogation of Guyanese institutions, cultures, and physical structures through tours, observation-participation, interviews, literature, lectures, archival data, documentaries, online discussion forums will culminate in a case study report paper wherein students will evince the course’s learning outcomes.

The interdisciplinary course intends to broaden and deepen the student’s understanding of various subject areas, and from multiple, interlocking perspectives. Through field experiences and lectures on location in history, culture, politics, science, social science, education, economics, and technology, the course provides students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills to participate substantively in global conversations. Prerequisite: 30 college credits


This tour is intended to study Ayurveda “Science of Life” which is the alternative health system of India based on ancient and native art of living and principles of yoga. Although India is known for its alternative health system, it is also known to be the capital of Spirituality and Religious tolerance of the world. Two of the world’s 12 Biodiversity hotspots are located in India. With diverse habitats, from the mighty Himalayas to the Deserts of Rajasthan, from the holy Ganga & Brahmaputra in the North to the tropical rainforests of the South, this area supports a wide variety of wildlife. Some of them are the Asiatic Lions, Elephants, Rhinoceros, Tigers, Leopards the Himalayan bears, wild dogs to the Hyenas. The tropical forests harbor huge Ficus trees like the Banyans, the Sal, Teak, and Rose Wood, the bamboo, and the cane, while the coral reefs in the southern seas are sanctuaries of marine wildlife.

This course is primarily designed to introduce a natural way of the health system that is practiced in India to students as a Complimentary health care system.  Students will compile the information on Ayurveda topics like the classification of body types (Vata; pitta; Kapha), lifestyle habits for healthy living (dinachari), healthy diets (vegetarian) that enhance longevity with their physiological implications to the human body. Students will visit a medical college, the Taj Mahal, the tropical rainforest, and much more.

Course: Bio 4600 Introduction to Ayurveda: The Integrated Health Care System of India


• Walk the famous Great Wall of China, take a picture in front of the Olympic stadium, and go to the Forbidden City among other cultural visits.
• Visit four companies in China.
• Take a cooking class to learn how to make popular Chinese dishes such as dumplings.
• Travel with fellow CSU professors and classmates.
• Gain CSU credit that will count towards a degree program.
• Geared towards business majors.
• Led by Prof. Berry-West and Dr. Davidson, College of Business.


Prerequisite: 30 college credits



The study abroad venue is in Ghana, the first country to gain independence from Great Britain on March 6, 1957. The approach is to see Ghana as a microcosm of the African continent in terms of historical development, the diversities and contrasts in human and natural resources. The objective is to provide the first-hand opportunity for students to experience Africa beyond the scope of tourist fantasies and wild imaginations, and thus replace myths with realities. The course FLA 4490: Study Abroad-Ghana (3 credit hours) is being offered in Spring B and will be led by Dr. Tekpetey.

The actual venue of the study abroad is the University of Ghana, Legon (Alma Mater of a leading faculty member) in Accra, the capital of Ghana which is located in the southern part of Ghana on the Atlantic coast. The University of Ghana, Legon is a University Village for the university community and faculty with amenities such as hospitals, post offices, shops, markets, etc.

Accommodation arrangements for the study period will be at the University of Ghana, Institute of African studies, Yiri Lodge. The weekend will be devoted to a field trip to Cape Coast and Elmina as experimental learning. Experimental learning is designed to enhance cultural competency.