Global Initiatives | Kent State University

Global Initiatives

Whether your future plans include graduate school, working in the international arena, or working in the U.S., a carefully planned study abroad or study away experience will help you become more independent and self-confident.

While it might seem like studying abroad only alters your life for a short time, this opportunity provides lifelong benefits. Not only will the learning experience prove to be invaluable, but an international experience on your resume can help with that post-graduation career search.


Visit our study abroad website to view details on semester-long sessions, short courses and specialty experiences that give our students the opportunities to explore our world with the guidance of Kent State faculty and staff.

CCI in Florence
  • Learn to work in a world of global finance, politics and communication.
  • Understand and familiarize yourself with cultures other than your own. 
  • Have a life-transforming experience while earning credits toward graduation.

Open to all majors and minors enrolled in the school of Communication Studies, Journalism and Mass Communication and Visual Communication Design.

CCI students will enjoy:

  • Special international communications courses.
  • Unique field trips to European media outlets.
  • Independent study classes with Kent State faculty. 

Scholarships are available to help with tuition and housing, and financial aid does apply to study abroad coursework.

Where You’ll Study & Live

The Palazzo dei Cerchi is a prestigious building in the historic center of Florence, just north of the Piazza della Signoria and within walking distance of the Palazzo Vecchio. Medieval Florentine sources refer to it as early as the 13th century as belonging to the Cerchi merchant family, used by a number of Renaissance painters. Fully restored in 2004, the Cerchi is now equipped with state-of-the-art classrooms, yet maintains its outstanding medieval features and decorations. Students live in fully furnished apartments located within the ancient city walls and within walking distance of the Palazzo.  Contact director of global initiatives Stephanie Smith at or 330-672-8174 for more information.

CCI in Chinese

Kent State has more than 2,000 international students from more than 100 countries around the world. In addition, internships, special programming, student organizations and the friendships you make on campus will help you create a community in which you will thrive.