Welcome to the Office of International Education

The Office of International Education (OIE) serves inbound international students (degree-seeking and short-term exchange) as well as outbound students interested in studying either abroad or at a partner institution in the U.S. We also serve Southern faculty members interested in establishing programs abroad, and members  of  the  Southern  community interested in participating in a Fulbright Program. 
Where do Southern's international students come from?
Our current international students come from all over the world, including countries such as Venezuela, 
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Canada, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, India, Bermuda, Korea, Belarus, and the Netherlands, and we are excited these numbers are on the rise! Our staff members are committed to facilitating as smooth a transition as possible for international students, and we welcome our students to contact us or stop by our office at any time for assistance, or to see a friendly face!
Where can a Southern student study abroad?
Just about anywhere, really.
OPTION 1) Students can participate in one of Southern's reciprocal exchange programs:

1.     International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)--exchange organization with 300+ partner universities!      
2.     The Baden Wuerttemberg Exchange (BW), nine universities in the state of Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany;
3.     Queen Margaret University in historic Edinburgh, Scotland (QMU);
4.     ESPEME Business School with campuses in Nice and Lille, France;
5.     Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy in Vietnam;
6.     Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in Hunan Province, China;
7.     Universitat Jaume I in Valencia, Spain;
8.     Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, Armenia;
9.     Tianjin University of Technology in Tianjin, China;
10.   Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
11.    Harbin Institute of Technology, China
12.    Central China Normal University, China
               And...coming soon:
13.    John Moores University Liverpool, United Kingdom
14.    Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain
15.    Universidad Loyola Andalucia, Spain

OPTION 2)  Students can participate in an SCSU faculty-led, credit-bearing program (Summer, 
Winter, or Spring Break) abroad.  Current programs include: Armenia, Belize, Bermuda, Guatemala, Iceland, Jamaica,  Paris, Rome, Spain, South Africa, and Tuscany. Programs typically last 2-4 weeks.  This is a very popular study abroad option!

OPTION 3)  Students may participate in a program through an approved study abroad provider at an approved university abroad.  For further information, see a study abroad coordinator.

Is studying abroad the only option for students interested in a "study away" experience?
Not at all!
Southern recognizes that studying abroad may not be suitable for every student.  In Fall 2014, SCSU became an official member of National Student Exchange (NSE), a "study away" program with hundreds of partner universities across the U.S.  The NSE program allows students to participate in a semester- or year-long domestic exchange, where students pay Southern's tuition and fees and are waived tuition and fees at the host university.  This is a desirable option for students who wish to explore - among countless other locations - life in Montana's Rockies, cajun cuisine and culture in Louisiana, or the breathtaking California coastline while studying full-time at one of our fine NSE partner universities.

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