Featured Student Abroad

Adam Leigh went to Geneva, Switzerland in Spring 2017.


"Studying abroad has been the best decision I have made so far. I was able to travel to 12 different countries each with memories that I will never forget. But my home away from home was in Geneva, Switzerland. I could always count on Geneva to welcome me back along with all the great people I met there."

Featured study abroad student

Adam Leigh

Accounting and Finance Major, International Business for Business Students minor

Spring 2017 Semester in Geneva

Study Abroad Programs

Semester Abroad
Spring Break Abroad
Summer Abroad
Exchange Programs

Semester Abroad

Florence, Italy

Kent State’s College of Business Administration is offering an amazing opportunity for you to study in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Florence is the birthplace of the Renaissance and boasts more than 100 museums and churches filled with art and sculptures for you to explore. You will get the chance to explore the European market on field trips to Milan and Geneva, engage in workshops and attend guest lecturers with foreign business leaders and CEOs. 

Fall semester: April 15
Spring semester: October 1

Spring semester program: early January - early May
Fall semester program: mid-August - mid-December



Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland, is the site of the historic signing of the Geneva Convention and the leading center of international and non-governmental organizations and business. The courses and internships available through the program allow you to expand your resume while gaining the ideal cultural experience in the second most populous city in Switzerland. 

Fall semester: March 15
Spring semester: September 15

Spring semester program: mid-January - early May
Fall semester program: late August - mid-December



Spring Break Abroad

Australian Financial Institutions

Sydney, Australia Opera HouseThis course will examine financial institutions in Australia. The historical development and structure of the financial markets and institutions in Australia will be covered, and the role of cultural influences will be explored. Students will visit financial institutions and cultural sites that may include the Australian Stock Exchange, Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, Reserve Bank of Australia and Commonwealth Bank. Contact Steven Dennis, Ph.D. for more information.

March 23 - April 2, 2017
*In addition, there will be various pre-departure and post-departure meetings.


European Economics Issues

Canal street in Brugge, BelgiumStudents enrolled in European Economic Issues spend spring break in Belgium, Luxembourg and France. The program allows you to learn about cultural, historical and economic characteristics of the European Union, through visits to important cultural and historical sites. The program is worth a total of 3 credit hours. Contact Don Williams, Ph.D. for more information.

Program not taking place Spring 2017.

Sustainability in Business: A Global Perspective

The Taj MahalThis three credit course introduces you to environmental and social sustainability and how these global challenges are creating new markets, driving innovation, and compelling organizations to adopt new models of doing business. The course is a combination of classroom learning and projects in Kent, with a 10 day study abroad tour to India during spring break. Students will visit the cities of Bangalore and Delhi, with a stop by the beautiful Taj Mahal in Agra. The class will tour major international businesses as well as micro firms to learn about the business opportunities created by these global challenges. Contact David DuBois for more information.

Spring semester class with spring break travel: March 23 - April 2, 2017


Summer Abroad

Florence Summer Institute

Spend one month of your summer at Kent State University's beautiful Florence, Italy, campus while taking two classes and earning six to seven credits. You may use your weekends to get to know the city of Florence and explore Europe. Contact Julie Lanz for more information.

June 1 - July 1, 2017

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Webster University Geneva Summer Program

This seven week program for undergraduate students in Geneva, Switzerland allows students to take one-three courses for a total of three to nine credits in course subjects such as French, International Business, Arts, and Psychology, among others. The summer program in Geneva offers students the opportunity to explore one of Europe's most beautiful cities along with the rest of Europe. Contact Julie Lanz for more information.

May 22 - July 7, 2017

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International experience in entrepreneurship

Craig Zamary and class meeting Iceland President

This course will examine the recent history of the bank collapse and 2008 financial crisis in Iceland to the present day growth and recovery to being rated at #13 by Forbes as Best Countries for Business in 2015. The historical development and structure of startup activity and entrepreneurship will also be covered and the role of cultural influences will be explored. Contact Craig Zamary for more information.

Program not taking place in Spring 2017.

International Economic Experience: Ireland as a Hub for Transnational Business

Brittany, FranceThis course is designed for students to understand the impact that international trade agreements, off shore financial structures (including tax havens), infrastructural development and entrepreneurship have coalesced in Ireland to make that country, in spite of its small size, a dynamic player in both the European Union and the global economy. It will be advantageous for American economic and financial interests to understand what happens in Ireland and how one benefits from this knowledge. Students enrolled in this program will have a greater awareness about not only Ireland and the Irish culture and people, but also have a “hands-on” set of skills and contacts that could benefit their careers. For more information, contact program faculty leader Dr. Luda Leontieva at lleontye@kent.edu

July 22 - August 3, 2017


International Experience in Sustainability

Brittany, FranceThis 11-day course introduces you to the sustainability through the international study of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The ESC Rennes School of Business Responsibility is located in Brittany, France, two hours west of Paris by high speed train. Students are encouraged to use the flexibility of travel to and from this course to see other parts of Europe before and/or after the 11 days in Rennes. Contact Dean Poor, Ph.D. for more information.

June 13 - June 23, 2017

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International Experience in Accounting

This trip to England, France and Scotland will encompass instruction, education abroad experiences and a final project on international accounting. Your experiences will include visits to firms and organizations, sightseeing and tourist attractions, plus a dinner with an international etiquette experience. Contact Ben Hoffmann, Ph.D. for more information.

May 14 - May 26, 2017

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International Accounting Experience: Business and Culture in China

Great Wall of ChinaThis course will help students broaden their horizon and get exposed to business and culture of China, the largest emerging market and the second largest economy in the world through reading, interactive lectures in both US and China, an international trip to visit businesses/organizations and excursions to cultural sites. These course components intend to help students to experience the “true” China, where ancient culture and modern business converges. Students will visit Beijing and Chengdu. Contact Wei Li, Ph.D. for more information.

July 16 - July 30, 2017


International Business Experience

The International Business Experience is a three credit-hour summer course that gives you the opportunity to study abroad in Switzerland and France. You will come away with an understanding how U.S. businesses operate overseas, competing in today's global marketplace. Contact Dean Porr, Ph.D. for more information.

May 13 - May 27, 2017

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Amsterdam to the Alps

This two-week, three credit-hour course explores culture and sustainability in Western Europe, particularly Germany, in the Rhine Valley. A short online program will be followed by tours of: University of Leiden, European Commission, Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and many more. Contact Mark Whitmore, Ph.D. for more information.

Program tentatively planned to begin Summer 2018.

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Management in Emerging Markets: Trends & Strategies

This program is open only to graduate students.

This two-week, three credit-hour course explores management in emerging markets across a full range of functions, such as marketing, finance, investment, business strategies and human resource management. Fulfills major elective for Business Management majors and the international study abroad experience for the Program hosted by the National Research University International Business minor. Program hosted by the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE). During the weekends you will enjoy the beauty of Moscow and Saint Petersburg and take a boat tour along the Neva River. Contact Julia Lavashina, Ph.D. for more information.

July 1 - July 12, 2017

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Exchange Programs

Kent State University’s exchange education abroad programs give you the chance to globally expand your education. When you pursue an exchange program, you can study the topics you're passionate about in a completely new environment. By traveling to countries such as Germany, Finland or South Korea you will speak a different language, explore new terrain and meet people of diverse backgrounds.

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Education Abroad Activity

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Education Abroad Photo Contest

Every year, students who study abroad through the college are encouraged to submit photos documenting their travels. Winners are featured in our Education Abroad Photo Gallery.

The gallery below includes all entries from the 2016 competition.


After launching the gallery, select any photo to go through the entries individually.


Only business majors are eligible for the below scholarships. Students with a business minor alone (non-business majors) are not eligible.

John F. Fiedler-Borgwarner International Scholarship

The John. F. Fiedler-BorgWarner International Scholarship supports College of Business Administration undergraduate and graduate students who want to experience international study.

All business majors taking business related courses abroad receive this $2,500 scholarship after submitting the application to the International Programs Office, room 300E Business Administration Building.


Robert C. Bingham Memorial Scholarship

This award is available to all College of Business Administration majors, but preference is given to economic majors and students enrolled in the Geneva Program. One award is made per academic year.


Ronald and Suzanne Barr Scholarship

This scholarship will provide funds for travel expenses related to study abroad tuition, textbooks and program fees. Students must have a minimum 3.00 GPA and have financial need as demonstrated by FAFSA. One award is made per academic year.



Education Abroad Advisors

Advising walk-in hours are in 300E BSA. No appointments necessary.

Advisors are available at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.


Office of Global Education

Collage of Kent State students participating in study abroad programs.

The Office of Global Education plans, coordinates, sustains and monitors Kent State University's global initiatives, exchange programs and support services for international students and scholars.