Study Abroad

Kent State University President Beverly Warren again pledged $25,000 to support Kent State on Nov. 29, which is Giving Tuesday. Plus, the Kent State University Foundation is pledging an additional $50,000 to match every gift, dollar for dollar, designated to the Kent State programs and initiatives of the donor’s choice.

For many people, a passport is a well-worn travel document. But for a student who has never left the country, a passport is the portal to a future that includes global learning, travel, adventure and personal transformation. In a very real sense, a first passport is the first step on a student's global journey.

Unfortunately, the initial cost of obtaining a passport can end their journey before it begins.

Experience beautiful, exotic Chengdu, China, – the “Land of Abundance” or 丰(豐)富 Fēngfù – through the eyes and lenses of the inaugural group of College of Communication and Information Sichuan University Summer Immersion Program Scholars. This photography exhibit captures eye-opening interactions, culturally diverse friendships and enriched global perspectives that answer the question: Can two weeks in a foreign country truly change a student’s life?

The exhibit is on display in the Quiet Study Area on the first floor of the University Library during regular library hours.


The Class: Uncover what “culture” means to contemporary young adults living in the United States compared to those living in Cuba.

The Kent State University College of Communication and Information (CCI) has named Stephanie Smith its director of global initiatives as part of its professional-in-residence program. Smith will continue to teach in both the Schools of Communication Studies and Journalism and Mass Communication as part of her college appointment.

Certificate in TEFL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is one of the fastest-growing educational fields in the world.

Kent State is one of few institutions in the nation offering a hands-on, comprehensive certificate program in TEFL. As part of the program, students are required to teach abroad in Dresden, Germany, where they gain experience as English teachers while immersing themselves in another culture.

Stories of eye-opening interactions, culturally diverse friendships and new global perspectives answer the question: Can two weeks in a foreign country truly alter a student’s life?

I arrived after having not slept for nearly two days. I was drained from a friend’s wedding, had layovers in Toronto and Frankfurt that were just long enough to not afford me time to nap, and I have never been able to sleep on planes. After negotiating an overpriced cab ride from the airport, I was riding in the backseat of a Fiat, just minutes away from what I had been promised was one of the great cultural achievements of the world, Florence. I found it, at this point, unremarkable.