Off-Campus Experiences / Partner Programs

The Power of Partners

Can you see yourself in London in the summer learning software development, psychology or art? Maybe you want to study healthcare policy in Rome. Or live in Spain while earning credits in language and culture. Other popular options in the United States include the Chicago Semester and The Washington Center.

International Chicago Washington, D.C.

International Programs

Central is committed to equipping students with the tools to succeed in an interconnected world.

We partner with ISEP Study Abroad, an international academic program network of over 300 institutions in 50 countries. This provides more options for finding a program that best matches a student’s field of study and areas of interest. The international provider helps students navigate logistics, safety and living accommodations at universities around the world.

We also partner with Best Steps Abroad, a program that provides immersive experiences in Granada, Spain. Affiliated with University of Granada’s Center for Modern Languages, this program is intended for Spanish majors, but open to all, regardless of Spanish proficiency. BSA arranges homestays, where students stay with locals who provide meals, laundry and transport. Students can spend an academic year, semester or summer term abroad with this program.

Interested students will work with the manager of international program logistics in the Career and Professional Development Office and their academic advisor to ensure that courses taken during an off-campus academic experience will count toward graduation credit requirements.

The Windy City

During a Chicago Semester, students have an internship or student teaching experience in Chicagoland. It’s a great opportunity for Central students to spread their wings in the city and gain valuable work experience.

In addition to outstanding career-related skills, students attend fine arts and cultural events, navigate metro transportation and master city living in Chicago.

Zach Goering ’22, Sam DePauw ’22 and Alex Garcia ’22 pose in front of Vista Tower during a frigid boat tour along the Chicago River in late October.

Center of Democracy

Jacob Van Veldhuizen ’22 and other students pose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building while studying in Washington, D.C.

What a rush to study in Washington, D.C., the political and cultural heart of the United States. Central students travel to The Washington Center for internships in the nation’s capital.

Opportunities exist for every major — art students may work at the National Gallery, biology students at the National Institutes of Health and language students at the state department or foreign embassy. This program has opportunities to connect with people in different fields of work, learn about what they do and tips on how to be an attractive candidate for job positions in the future.

Amazing Opportunities

Being a marketing intern for Northwestern Mutual gave me great exposure to what it looks like to be in a corporate-professional environment. I engaged with great leaders and gained a better sense of confidence through my experience and internship program. I was able to develop newsletters and brochures, as well as many other marketing tools that promoted the activities and events of the firm.

Overall, it was a great boost to my professional career as I now feel more equipped and prepared for wherever my career takes me.”

Jonathan Bossou ’23

Hometown: Ottumwa, Iowa
Areas of Study: Business Management and Economics
Internship: Northwestern Mutual-Chicago

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