Global Education at Century College is supported by a cross-campus committee comprised of faculty members, staff members, and administrators. The Global Education Committee works on behalf of the college to develop global education programming, such as learning abroad and Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL) courses.
Education for Global Learning Consortium
Century College is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' (MnSCU) 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 Aboard Programs
Learning Abroad Mission Statement
Century College Learning Abroad programming offers students educational travel experiences that will enhance students’ understanding of other parts of the world, and it offers an 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.
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 study 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
- Achieve full college involvement in study abroad program development
- Transform students’ lives with immersive study abroad experiences
- Expand international study experience opportunities for students
- Equip faculty in the creation of study abroad programming that meets best practices and is in line with the college’s mission
- Design study abroad programming that serves our already diverse student population
- Inspire students to commit to lifelong engagement in a global community
Century is in the process of developing new, faculty led learning abroad programming. Check back here for updates on our offerings.
Other Learning Abroad Programs
2015-16 Semester Programs
University of Wisconsin-River Falls: Scotland
Live and study in a 300-year-old castle in Dalkeith, Scotland, six miles from Edinburgh. Visit University of Wisconsin-River Falls for application and information. Cost is approximately $8,500, including room and board, and tuition. Airfare is separate.
Ridgewater College: Costa Rica
Look forward to a life-changing Spring semester in Alajuela, Costa Rica. Visit travel with Ridgewater for more information. Cost approximately $7,500, including tuition, accommodations, and some meals.
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:
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
- 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
- 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:
- 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: