The Center for International Studies, in support of the educational mission of Providence College, aims to provide opportunities for transformative academic and cultural learning experiences to help students develop and acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills that will prepare them to:
The Center serves as a bridge in fostering a learning environment whereby members of the PC community, as they are exposed to a diversity of cultures and social and political viewpoints, come to truly understand and see themselves as world citizens.
Providence College, through the Center for International Studies, is a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the Institute of International Education, the Association of International Educators, and the Forum on Education Abroad. The Center adheres to the NAFSA Code on Ethics and Statements of Principles in International Educational Exchange and the Code of Ethics for Education Abroad developed by the Forum on Education Abroad.
Enhancing academic excellence is one of the core values of a Providence College education (Strategic Plan 2015-17). In that quest, the experience and understanding of other cultures and traditions are necessary components in preparing today’s students for a world more interconnected than any previous generation has seen. Study abroad provides alternative learning environments so students can benefit from new academic perspectives and intercultural experiences. In fulfilling this mission, the Center for International Studies pursues the following goals.
In sum, study abroad is an intentional academic experience aimed at enhancing student learning and development beyond what the home campus can provide. It is not academic tourism, though that will also be part of the experience. Rather, this pedagogical approach frames study abroad as an integral component of the undergraduate academic program at Providence College and its commitment to academic excellence.