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International Studies

International Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

I. CLASS in a Global Context

Profound transformations brought about by advances in communications and travel have created a crucial global context for university studies. For that reason, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is strongly committed to international studies. Our faculty are internationally-oriented. According to a recent study, 76% of CLASS faculty have spent a significant time abroad, and 44% have published in international journals. Our faculty regularly organize study abroad programs in Spain, Costa Rica, France, Jordan, and Ireland, and we regularly host visiting scholars from India, Nigeria, China, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia. Finally, our faculty have been awarded Fulbright appointments to Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, Jordan, Turkey, and Slovenia.  In addition, the college has partnerships with universities in Korea, China, France, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Slovenia, and Nigeria, and we plan to develop new university partnerships in the Middle East.

II. International Opportunities for American CLASS Students

CLASS encourages all of its students to have an international experience as a part of their education.  And, while it is true that English has become a world-wide common language, we encourage students to acquire reading and speaking skills in a second language of their choice as an essential component of their becoming global citizens.

Undergraduate Opportunities:

  • Spanish language study-abroad in Costa Rica and Spain
  • French language study-abroad in France
  • Arabic language study-abroad in Jordan
  • Irish Studies in Ireland

Plans are also in the works for a study abroad experience in Thailand.

For more information contact:
Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences or 216-687-3660

III. CLASS Scholarships for Study Abroad

To make study-abroad possible for our students, the college has three important endowed scholarship funds:

  • The William H. Roberts Study Abroad Scholarship Fund
  • The John D. Holm Study Abroad Opportunity Scholarship Endowment
  • The Bonnie and Peter Raquet High Impact Learning Fund

For more on CLASS Scholarships, see

IV. CLASS Programs for International Students

CLASS welcomes international students who wish to broaden their education by studying in an exciting American urban context. We work with our Center for International Services and Programs to make sure that your stay in Cleveland, Ohio, is as productive and pleasant as possible.  We welcome non-degree students, who wish to spend only a semester or a year studying on our campus, and we also welcome degree-seeking students in the following areas:

  1. Graduate: CLASS has Master’s Degree programs in Social Work, Economics, Communication, English, Creative Writing (MFA), Spanish, and Music.  For international students, we particularly want to highlight our M.A. in Global Interactions (Political Science) and our American Studies track in the History M.A. program.
  2. Undergraduate:  CLASS houses a full menu of B.A. programs in the fine arts, humanities, and social sciences. Specifically, we have Bachelor Degree programs in Anthropology; Art; Graphic Design; Communication; Theater & Dance; Film & Media Arts; Journalism; Economics; English; History; Social Studies; Liberal Studies; Linguistics; Women’s and Gender Studies; French; Spanish; Arabic; Music; Philosophy; International Relations; Political Science; Comparative Religion; Social Work; Criminology; and Sociology
  3. For more information, contact:
    Dean’s Office, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences or 216-687-3660