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Study Abroad transitions to Education Abroad

September 9, 2013

The Office of International Program's Study Abroad unit is rebranding to Education Abroad, a name that reflects the increasing number of international opportunities that are available to students.

Education Abroad better encompasses the multifaceted programs available to students, including for-credit and not-for-credit opportunities for study, research, internships and service learning. Some examples of these new opportunities include agricultural courses with internships in France, field methods training in Kenya and Belize, as well as business internships in China and Ireland. Short term opportunities for cultural exchange and service learning are growing to meet student interest.

“For years, CSU has provided many educational opportunities for students in and out of the classrooms. The name study abroad no longer represents all that students can experience abroad,” said Laura Thornes, director of Education Abroad. “As the opportunities expand, many universities are looking to new naming conventions to better define this exciting era in education abroad.”

Opportunities in nearly every country

In 2012-2013, 1,372 CSU students participated in an international experience, a twenty percent increase from the previous year. CSU offers its students educational opportunities in nearly every country around the world. It also provides a variety of support services to students, including advising, orientations, outreach, program coordination and risk management oversight.

“This is a smart move that fits well with Colorado State’s internationalization strategy,” said vice provost for International Affairs Jim Cooney. “With so many international opportunities available, the switch to Education Abroad reflects a nationwide recognition of all that we are doing for our students.”

Education Abroad Fair

In conjunction with the launch of the new name, Education Abroad will host its annual fair from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, on the Monfort Quadrangle, west of the Clark building. The Education Abroad Fair will provide students with the opportunity to explore the breadth of study, research, intern, and service learning abroad options available to them on both CSU-sponsored programs and programs offered through third-party providers. Students can talk with representatives from a variety of departments and organizations, as well as CSU partner universities.

Senator Paul Simon Award

This year, CSU received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, awarded by NAFSA: Association of International Education, in recognition of the university’s comprehensive internationalization efforts across all aspects of campus. The Office of International Programs creates and fosters international activities at CSU and oversees Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Initiatives and the Confucius Institute.

Contact: Anna Gerber
Phone: (970) 491-0739