Welcome to the Office of International Education
The Office of International Education (OIE) serves both inbound international students - degree-seeking and short-term exchange - as well as outbound SCSU and CSU consortium students interested in studying either abroad or at a partner institution in the U.S. We also serve members of Southern's faculty interested in establishing programs abroad, as well as 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, Canada, the United Kingdom, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, India,
Bermuda, Korea, Belarus, and the Netherlands, and we are excited these numbers are
on the rise! Our staff 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.
Our outbound study abroad students have countless choices of programs and destinations for their semester-or year-long study abroad experience, as the OIE's reciprocal exchange partners are growing in number!
Option 1, students can participate in one of Southern's reciprocal exchange programs. The list includes: International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), an exchange organization with over 300 prestigious partner universities worldwide; the Baden Wuerttemberg Exchange Program (BW), a consortium of nine universities in the scenic state of Baden Wuerttemberg in Germany; Queen Margaret University in historic Edinburgh, Scotland (QMU); ESPEME Business School with campuses in Nice and Lille, France; Ho Chi Minh City University of Pedagogy in Vietnam; Hunan University of Chinese Medicine in Hunan Province, China; Universitat Jaume I in Valencia, Spain; Armenian State Pedagogical University in Yerevan, Armenia; Tianjin University of Technology in Tianjin, China; and (coming soon!) Maejo University in Thailand.
Option 2, students can participate in an SCSU faculty-led, credit-bearing program (Summer or Winter) abroad. 2013 programs included: Guatemala, Paris, Iceland, Rome, Tuscany, Spain, and Bermuda - with upcoming Winter 2013 programs in South Africa and Greece. 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!
We recognize that studying abroad may not be suitable for every student. In Fall 2013, SCSU becomes 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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