Off-Campus Experiences

Central students participating in one of many off-campus experiences.

Where Open Minds Get Their Start

As a Central student, you can immerse yourself in the cultures of the world. Options include traveling in the United States or internationally through an abundance of academic and extracurricular experiences.

Chase Your Dreams

Central opens doors to new ideas and new perspectives by helping you see classroom concepts come to life in the real world. Off-campus study opportunities provide students access to new experiences such as working on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, exploring tropical ecology in Central America or trekking Scottish Highlands.

Central students participating in one of many off-campus experiences.

Central Faculty-Led Programs

Senior lecturer of Spanish Oscar Reynaga and Central students pose for a group photo while abroad.

Central’s faculty-led programs take students to interesting and educational places around the world, including Costa Rica, Belize, Germany and locations around the United States. Off-campus travel is embedded into coursework with trips varying in length.

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Partner Academic Programs

Central’s partner programs open doors to new ideas and perspectives by helping students experience classroom concepts in the real world. Partners like ISEP Study Abroad, Best Steps Abroad, Chicago Semester and The Washington Center give students the chance to gain career-ready skills like critical thinking, creativity and flexibility.

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Extracurricular Experiences

The Central College men's basketball team poses for a photo on the beach of the North Sea in The Netherlands.

Opportunities for travel experience extend beyond academic programs. Examples include:

  • Central’s athletic teams travel for international competitions, such as the men’s basketball trip to The Netherlands.
  • Central’s economics, accounting and management club travels to Chicago every year to meet with Central alumni business professionals.
  • The Campus Ministries program leads mission trips to build infrastructure in developing counties and support clean-up efforts following disasters.
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More Questions?

We want to help take your Central education beyond the classroom! For questions about off-campus experiences, reach out to us or find more information below.

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