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Study Abroad

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.

Kent State University students in the College of Arts and Sciences will get the opportunity to travel to Japan to do collaborative research in a world-class institute, specializing in primate biology, thanks to a recently signed memorandum of understanding with the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University. By studying primates as a model for humans, the researchers hope to address a variety of topics, including evolutionary genetic analysis, Alzheimer’s disease and aggressive behavior.      

Please join the Kent State University College of Communication and Information as we celebrate our inaugural group of Sichuan Scholars at the “丰(豐)富 Fēngfù: A Time of Abundance” student photography exhibit opening and reception.


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.