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The Center for Global Education promotes international education to foster cross-cultural awareness, cooperation and understanding. Living and working effectively in a global society requires learning with an international perspective.

We promote this type of learning by collaborating with colleges, universities and other organizations around the world.

California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research Project


Being Abroad

Your study abroad program directors should provide you with information and support to enable you to have a successful study abroad experience. You should receive orientation resources (materials, meetings, etc.) before you leave the U.S.; after you arrive abroad, there should also be an on-site orientation to help guide you through your experience. The Center for Global Education can also provide you with additional resources to keep you informed and prepared while you are abroad:

The Study Abroad Student Handbook

  • Even if you do not know the language well, it is a good idea to learn some basic words and phrases. Communication Sheets are translated to different languages on the Country-Specific Handbook websites.
  • Along with plans for courses, housing, etc., think about how you will respond to a problem that could occur while you're abroad. The Study Abroad Student Handbook has information about Basic Health and Safety and Emergency Planning Resources that can help with safety tips and emergencies. The Online Course for Abroad Course 2: "While You're There" includes information and resources on logistical issues and cultural knowledge to support your study abroad experience. The Diversity Outreach for Study Abroad Mentors include returned study abroad students offer a range of tips and advice on funding, planning, concerns, and discrimination. - Studying abroad includes not only traveling and cultural awareness, but also an international learning experience that is highly desirable in the marketplace in nearly all fields of work. Interning, volunteering, or working abroad can provide for a valuable global learning experience by which you can gain skills and knowledge that extends past purely traveling or studying alone.

We look forward to collaborating with others who share similar research goals. For further dialogue, please Contact Us.

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