CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES/308-4287
Web site: http://www.stcloudstate.edu/internationalstudies
Associate Vice President: Ann B. Radwan
St. Cloud State University has been a leading institution in international education, and in keeping with its stated international educational mission, SCSU believes it is essential that its students, faculty and staff become aware of and be sensitive to diverse values, beliefs and patterns of social interactions. The university's quest for international understanding and sensitivity is embodied in its international studies programs that are administered through the Center for International Studies (CIS).
CIS is charged by the University with providing the campus community one-stop services and support in study abroad, international admissions, international student and scholar services, faculty international development, curriculum internationalization, and overseas institutional linkages.
St. Cloud State University boasts over 35 years of experience in offering affordable high quality education abroad programs for students and faculty. Currently, SCSU offers about 13 semester long programs in 7 countries (i.e., Australia, Chile, England, Germany, Japan, Korea, South Africa). Many additional countries are included in this list through faculty led short term programs. All of these programs are administered by the Center for International Studies in collaboration with departments and/or programs across the campus.
In addition to the SCSU sponsored programs, students can also study abroad through non-SCSU programs sponsored by other accredited US universities, through consortium programs of which SCSU is a member, or through direct enrollment at a foreign university which is recognized by the Ministry of Education of the host country.
Both undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at the time of application and departure may apply to participate in education or internship abroad. Financial aid scholarships, grants and loans may be used on all education abroad programs. Work-study allocations may be applied on some SCSU faculty-led semester-long education abroad programs. The Center for International Studies offers education abroad scholarships annually to support students who demonstrate a financial need. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $1,000 per student.
Students interested in participating in study abroad should plan early academically, financially and culturally. The key to building an international experience into a chosen degree program and graduate on time is to fulfill some of the general education, core or major requirements through study abroad. SCSU strongly encourages all students to continue with their study of a foreign language, especially those who are planning to education abroad in a non-English speaking country. It is never too early to plan for study abroad. For more information or advice, students are welcome to visit the Center for International Studies, to speak with their faculty adviser and/or advisers at the Advising Center.
St. Cloud State University is committed to providing quality education to international as well as American students. More than 1,250 international students from 87 countries attend SCSU. International students will find SCSU an ideal institution that meets their academic and financial needs. As the second largest comprehensive state university in Minnesota, SCSU offers the most nationally accredited academic programs such as Aviation (CAA), Business (AACSB), Computer Science (CSAB), Electrical Engineering (EAC/ABET), and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). In addition to the excellent academic programs, SCSU also provides a unique Academic and Cultural Sharing Scholarship to qualified international students. Few universities in the United States can compete with St. Cloud State University in offering both academic excellence and financial incentives for international students.
International undergraduate students, who are not US citizens, permanent residents or refugees, may be considered for admission after submitting all the following:
- International undergraduate application form
- Evidence of financial support
- Official secondary school records
- Official TOEFL score, IELTS or other approved proof of English proficiency
- Application fee USD $20
International undergraduate students, who are currently enrolled at a college or university abroad, may be considered for admission after submitting the following:
- All the above five items under Admission of International Students
- Official College Transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended
Admission of US Transfer International Students
International undergraduate students, who are currently enrolled at another US college or university, may be considered for admission after submitting the following:
- All the above five items under Admission of International Students
- Official college transcript(s) from all colleges or universities attended
- Status verification documentation from a DSO at the current US college or university (transfer notification form)
International Student and Scholar Services
The presence of international students and scholars at SCSU not only diversifies our student and staff population but also enriches the campus and community environment, making possible a diversity of views and cultural values both in and outside the classroom. The sharing of this diversity creates rich learning opportunities for everyone and enhances our sense as global citizens.
To serve the increasing number of international students and scholars at SCSU, the Center for International Studies administers and supports a variety of programs and activities, which assist international students to understand American academic and social life and to succeed in their academic work. A required orientation program is offered in the fall and spring. Newly enrolled international students are required to take a Cultural Orientation Course and an Administrative Orientation Course. US-Transfer international students are not required to take the Cultural Orientation Course. SCSU also provides other services to international students through the Advising Center, Intensive English Center, English as a Second Language Program, International Student Associations, and the International Student Services Committee.
Faculty International Development and Curriculum Internationalization
Faculty international expertise and curriculum internationalization are essential in achieving the international educational mission at St. Cloud State University. SCSU recognizes that, in order to develop quality international experiences for its students, study abroad programs must be integrated into the curriculum design and supported by faculty expertise. The Center for International Studies is charged with coordinating institutional efforts and initiatives in this area, and with bringing international perspectives to the attention of SCSU faculty and administration. CIS provides information to faculty on international opportunities and supports departments and colleges in their internationalization planning and implementation. Currently, SCSU offers opportunities for faculty to teach in many countries. In addition, faculty are encouraged to enhance their international experience and expertise through sabbatical abroad, Fulbright teaching or research, and/or teaching abroad through self-sufficient and incentive-based intersession/short-term programs.
International University Affiliations
Through the Center for International Studies, St. Cloud State University currently maintains active relationships with over 25 overseas universities and institutions:
- Australia—Southern Cross University;
- Chile—Universidad de Concepcion;
- China—Bejing Normal University, Nankai University Binhai College, North East Normal University, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Tianjin Foreign Studies University, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics;
- England—Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trustees of the 10th Duke of Northumberland's Will Trust;
- Germany—Fachhochschule Ingolstadt-Ingolstadt University of Applied Science, Katholische Universitat Eichstatt;
- Japan—Akita International University, Akita National University, Daito Bunka University, Seinan Gakuin University;
- Mexico—Centro de Educacion Mundial America Latina (CEMAL) through Augsburg College;
- South Africa—Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University;
- South Korea—Korea University, The Catholic University of Korea, Woosong University, Woosuk University, Yonsei University;
- Multiple sites—College Consortium for International Studies; Global Links (AsiaLearn, AustraLearn, EuroLearn).
As a public service institution, St. Cloud State University recognizes needs in the broader world community and stands ready to share its faculty expertise and resources in collaborating and assisting international partner institutions in ways that are mutually beneficial. SCSU encourages and supports its faculty to be actively engaged in international consulting and training as public services. The Center for International Studies is charged to seek such outreach opportunities and provide administrative support to faculty or departments involved in such public services.