Shawnee State University encourages international relations
by Brenda Gibson
Shawnee State offers students rich international opportunities by joining universities throughout the nation, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education focusing on ways to help students have experiences in international education.
International programs and activities at Shawnee State take many forms: courses taught by university faculty, courses at foreign educational institutions, field studies, local, state and international internships and student exchange programs.
The Center for International Programs and Activities (CIPA) at Shawnee State provides opportunities for faculty and students to experience different values and cultures through interaction with exchange students or study abroad.
SSU students are in China, Spain, Morocco, and Thailand completing their studies. Shawnee State has six sister universities: Universidad Mayor in Santiago, Chile; Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco; Ludwigsburg University of Education in Germany; South China Normal University in Guangzhou, China; Zhejiang University of Technology in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province of China; and Universitat Jaume I in Castellon, Spain. Students have access to study abroad experiences with over 70 higher education institutions in 30 countries through the ISEP program. This year, more than 37 students from more than 20 countries took courses at Shawnee State University.
Exchange students are engaged in the community and supported by nearly 25 volunteer friendship families in the area.
In 2011-2012 SSU offered an international relations course, as well as a Peace Corps and International Service Prep course, preparing students for experiences and careers abroad. The Peace Corps program is one of only five in the nation.
International experiences are changing the lives of many students. One 2012 graduate, traveled to Morocco to study and has joined the Peace Corp. Another SSU graduate is a first year student at Beijing Normal University, on a full scholarship to obtain a Master’s Degree in International Educational Development.
Two international scholars have been on campus, one, a graduate student from France, doing research in plastics engineering and another, working on her Ph.D. from South China Normal University, doing research in Comparative Education and Teaching while teaching Chinese on campus.
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