Graduate Catalog 2018-2019

Center for Global Engagement

Office: North Administration Building (2A), Room 206

Director, Stephen M. Ferst

The Center for Global Engagement encourages and supports the international component of the academic life of the College. The Center provides direction and assistance in matters affecting the College’s international student population, sponsors study abroad programs, directs scholar and student exchange programs, administers the English Language Institute, and facilitates international development programs. Guidance for the Center’s activities is provided by a faculty advisory committee.

English Language Institute (ELI)

The Institute, a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs, offers intensive English language study and programs in American language and culture to international students and professionals. The Institute is supported by course fees. Admission to the English Language Institute does not constitute admission to the College.

Foreign Student and Scholar Services

The staff, serving foreign students and scholars, processes immigration documentation; facilitates admission procedures; provides academic advisement, counseling, adjustment, and orientation to college life in the U.S.; and assists in off-campus housing.

Study Abroad Programs

The Center offers a variety of study abroad programs for undergraduate credit only with partner institutions around the world including the following: Nanjing University, Shanghai University, and the City University of Hong Kong in China; the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) in Copenhagen, Denmark; the Catholic University of Guayaquil and the University of San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador; Middlesex University in London, England; The American College of Thessaloniki in Greece; Scuola Lorenzo deMedici in Florence and Tuscania, The American University of Rome and the Istituto Venezia in Italy; the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Santanden, Spain; IPAG in Nice and Paris, France; Seinan Gakuin University in Fukuoka, Japan; and Dublin Institute of Technology in Ireland. Overseas study programs in more than 25 countries are open to CSI students through membership in the College Consortium for International Studies.

There is no foreign language prerequisite; however, students are required to study the language of the country and are placed in courses suitable to their ability. A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required for participation in most of the CSI-sponsored study abroad programs. The staff provides assistance and information about admissions, financial aid, orientation, and re-entry. To prepare effectively for participation in the program, students are encouraged to investigate the overseas study opportunities early in their academic careers. Most student financial aid plans are applicable to study abroad programs and special scholarship funds are available for eligible students.

International Faculty Activities

The Center coordinates a faculty exchange program with Shanghai University in China on behalf of The City University. The Center also has responsibility for CSI exchange programs and faculty development activities and international projects in various countries. On-campus programs for faculty and students include the World on Wednesday lecture series, International Education Week Events, and special programs.