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    Global Education at Century College is supported by a cross-campus workgroup comprised of faculty members, staff members, and administrators. The Global Education workgroup works on behalf of the college to develop global education programming, such as learning abroad and Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL) courses.

    The workgroup promotes the Global Studies Certificate and works with the Century College Multicultural Center and ESOL to support our international students.

Education for Global Learning Consortium

Century College is a member of the Minnesota State's consortium of universities and colleges that promotes global learning in the United States and abroad. We have access to and support from the consortium's 15 member institutions.

Learning Abroad Information

Century College Learning Abroad: Mission and Values

Learning Abroad Mission Statement

Century College Learning Abroad programming offers students educational travel experiences that will enhance students’ awareness and appreciation of the interdependence of cultures and communities. Our programming also enables students to expand their professional abilities in order to effectively collaborate within a global workforce. Learning Abroad Programming serves the college’s mission to prepare and empower our students to adapt and thrive as citizens of our global community.


  • Achieve full college involvement in learning abroad program development
  • Transform students’ lives with immersive learning abroad experiences
  • Expand international learning experience opportunities for students
  • Equip faculty in the creation of learning abroad programming that meets best practices and is in line with the college’s mission
  • Design learning abroad programming that serves our already diverse student population
  • Inspire students to commit to lifelong engagement in a global community


We are committed to meeting the standards set forth by The Standards of Good Practice for the Forum on Education Abroad, including:

  • Utilizing college curriculum to develop learning abroad programming that fulfills a graduation, general education, or major requirement
  • Providing programming that is financially supported through scholarships and public financial aid
  • Providing framework by which students gain understanding of the ethics and integrity related to travel and global citizenry
  • Eliminating barriers for students who may otherwise be unable to experience firsthand the beliefs, behaviors, and values of their own culture in relation to others outside of their local experiences and communities.

Century College Learning Abroad Opportunities: May 2022

Currently, Century is promoting three Study Abroad programs to offer for May 2022:

Century College: Tokyo—the City Experience. Any MN State student who takes Century College’s English 2072 course online (Comics: Introduction to Literary Studies) in May 2022 has the opportunity to travel to Tokyo for one week as part of this course. For more information on the Tokyo trip, go to: https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2418255DY

Minnesota West: Puerto Rico. Any MN State student who takes Minnesota West’s CMST 1140 course online  (Topics in Communication: Puerto Rico Culture) has the opportunity to travel to Puerto Rico for one week as part of this course. For more information on the trip, go to: https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2416040AE

Century College: Fashion in Paris.  Additionally, Cosmetology students at Century College may participate in the “Fashion in Paris” in May 2022. For more information, go to: https://www.efcollegestudytours.com/professors-trip/2370266HF

Please contact Brian Lewis, English and Gender Studies faculty, at brian.lewis@century.edu, for more information.

To view an Orientation presentation on the Tokyo and Puerto Rico programs, click here.

Health & Safety

The health and well being of our students, staff and faculty traveling abroad is the highest priority of Global Education at Century College. Under MN Chapter 312 Law, all colleges in the state must collect and report health and safety information on the Learning Abroad programs they offer.

Before you travel:

  1. Visit U.S Department of State and Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  2. Enroll in STEP

Learning Abroad Financial Aid

Century College programs

If the Learning Abroad program is a Century College-approved course and the credits will be used toward your degree, apply for financial aid through Century College by submitting a FAFSA.

Register for the class through the Century College Records and Registration Office. The Financial Aid Office will automatically calculate your financial aid eligibility for those credits. You may request a budget increase based on the higher cost of studying abroad if you have documentation of the costs.

Programs from another college

Begin this process early to minimize delays in financial aid processing.

There are two options for programs through other colleges:

  • If the Learning Abroad program is through another college and the credits will be earned there, apply for financial aid by submitting a FAFSA and receiving an Award Notice from that college. Register for the class at the other school.
  • Apply for financial aid at Century College by submitting a FAFSA and receiving an Award Letter. Register for the class at the other school and submit a Consortium Agreement to Century’s Financial Aid Office. To qualify for financial aid, the credits must apply toward the degree, diploma or certificate you are pursuing at Century College.

Apply for scholarships

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


  • Must receive a Federal Pell Grant
  • Studying or interning abroad for at least 4 weeks
  • Preference given to non-traditional locations, students of color and students with disabilities

Fund for Education Abroad/Minnesota Scholarship


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S.
  • Must be applying for a study abroad program eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution
  • Must plan to study abroad for a minimum of 4 weeks in country
  • Is committed to supporting education abroad in his/her campus community through work with the FEA and his/her campus education abroad staff upon return

FEA strongly encourages students to apply who represent a group that is traditionally underrepresented in education abroad. Groups typically underrepresented in study abroad include, but are not limited to:

  • Minorities
  • First-generation college students
  • STEM majors
  • Community college students
  • Students with disabilities

International Student Stories

In collaboration with the University of Minnesota's Immigration History Research Center, Century College ESOL students created Immigrant Stories. Immigrant Stories is a special project at the IHRC's, which reflects America's changing population. Immigrant Stories was designed to help immigrants, refugees, and their families create digital stories, short personal videos with images, text, music, and audio. The IHRC shares and preserves these digital stories for future generations through the IHRC Archives, the Minnesota Digital Library, and the Digital Public Library of America.

The following Century College students have chosen to share their own personal stories:

Ikran Mohamed Mohamud

Anna Xiong

Paw Mu Sie

Alessandra Inojosa

Ayan Omar

Aide Garcia

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