Study Abroad Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Celebration


It’s a year of celebration for Central’s study abroad programs. In 1965, the first program was launched in Paris, and over the years many more opportunities have developed for students to gain international experience.

To kick off “A Year of Global Citizenship,” Central held events during the week of March 24 including receptions with program directors both on campus and at locations around the Midwest. Alumni had the chance to meet with directors at receptions in Minneapolis, Des Moines and Naperville, Ill. Events will continue to take place throughout 2014 and 2015.

At a reception held in the Vermeer Banquet Hall on campus, students and staff mingled with international program directors and enjoyed the foods of the countries represented. With all program directors together in one room, the event presented an opportunity to learn more about Central’s international programs.

Approximately 50 percent of Central students study abroad, compared to a national average of 14 percent. Central operates programs in Austria, England, France, Ghana, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain and Wales.

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