Recent Worldwide Events and Study Abroad
The Center for International Education joins the rest of the CSU community in expressing our grief and sadness at the horrific recent attacks in Belgium, France, Turkey, Indonesia and elsewhere. Although no CSU students or faculty were participating in study abroad programs in any of these locations, we want to express our sympathy for the victims' families and friends and extend our moral support to the people of those countries.
Given these recent events the Center wants all students, faculty, staff and parents of students to know that we have and will continue to monitor very carefully developments world-wide. Our preparations and precautions always include the following:
- Review of the daily briefings from the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Diplomatic Security (OSAC is for non-military U.S. organizations).
- Monitoring information provided by the U.S. embassies and U.S. State Department, particularly any travel alerts, cautions or warnings. We strongly encourage all students and their families to read the Department of State announcements. At the same time it is important to keep in mind the difference between an alert ("short-term events . . . you should know about when planning travel to a country") and a warning ("you . . . [should] consider very carefully whether you should go to a country at all"). There are no Travel Warnings for any countries in Europe.
- Enrolling all CSU study abroad students and faculty in the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). All STEP enrollees receive immediately all U.S. government information relevant to their location while on a study abroad program.
We will continue to monitor developments around the world as we have done in the past. The university places the very highest priority upon the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff at all points from initial review of a study abroad program to the return of participants from a study abroad program.
CIE Mission Statement
Columbus State University strives to ensure that all its students have opportunities to become globally competent. Students must have the knowledge, cultural self-awareness, and adaptability to function effectively in an interconnected world. It is through the study of other cultures and by studying, working and living with diverse peoples that CSU students will be prepared for working in business, government or education, and contributing to their communities, all of which are globally connected.
The Center's campus internationalization strategy is to provide students with international education learning experiences by:
- infusing international perspectives as broadly as possible across the curricula;
- promoting and assisting international faculty development;
- providing a broad range of quality study abroad programs;
- ensuring international students receive vital support and services;
- encouraging international students to participate in campus internationalization activities;
- supporting visiting and exchange scholars who will share their different perspectives and knowledge with CSU faculty and students;
- and stimulating general campus and community awareness of international issues and other cultures.
The CIE office is located in the International House
on the corner of Clearview Circle and University Avenue
on the CSU main campus
You are invited to stay up-to-date on our progress by viewing digital copies of our newsletter and annual report publications, as well as our most recent campus internationalization plan.