Education Abroad Programs

Education away for credit can be broadly organized into 3 different program types (affiliates, exchanges, or university-led). Click on the program type below to see a partial list of options. Contact us for details. 

Affiliate Programs result in study abroad transfer credits at CSU. No tuition is paid to CSU. Affiliate programs are generall comprised of other US university students and sometimes other international students studying at a particular location as a cohort. Studying abroad through an affiliate gives students extra support and benefits like provided weekend excursions and dedicated student services staff. Affiliates can be US companies, non-profit organizations, or other universities in the US that serve as the 3rd party intermediary between study abroad students and international university. Affiliates offer fully-developed programs and typically charge a comprehensive fee that includes most expenses (like tuition, housing, international health insurance, airport pick-up and a transcript). These affilifate organizations take care of all of the logistical arrangements and details (e.g. red-tape), creating a framework that allows the study abroad student to focus their time and energy on their studies and cultural exploration. Affiliates typically have staff both in the US and on-site in the host countries.  Affiliate study abroad can also be a direct enrollment option whereby a student registers on their own as a visiting student at an international university.  

Exchange Programs-International charge CSU semester tuition (Fall or Spring) for semester study elsewhere but result in CSU in-residence credits; an international exchange student may attend CSU in your place. Enjoy a semester abroad with the international student exchange program here at Cleveland State University while paying your regular CSU tuition (and no tuition to the host university). Our exchange partner universities cover a wide variety of academic disciplines and most majors will find suitable courses.   When you exchange abroad, your host school also sends one of their students to CSU so they can experience college life here as a Viking in Cleveland!

Exchange - National Student Exchange
NSE gives you an opportunity to experience a different area of the country with its unique cultural and academic opportunities for domestic exchange (plus Canada). Since NSE's beginning in 1968, more than 100,000 students have participated in the program including many from our own campus. Partners include Canadian and Puerto Rican universities. Pay your home campus tuition but study away for a semester or two!

Faculty-led Programs Abroad  are short-term programs led by CSU faculty or staff and offer CSU residency credits and charge CSU tuition. CSU faculty members take students on study tours or programs during breaks or in the summer. Cleveland State sponsors 3 to 4 programs each year in countries such as Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, and Spain. Click the link for an up-to-date list of program offerings. Typical program length: 10 days to 4 weeks.

Graduate Student Opportunities
If you are a graduate student and wish to study abroad for a summer or semester, the Education Abroad office can help you plan your coursework at several different locations around the globe. From Himalayan Buddhist Art and Architecture to English Literature, we have a variety of partner programs that will help make your graduate years even more enjoyable and enriching.