Study Abroad and Study Away

We consider living and studying in a foreign culture to be an integral part of a liberal arts education, and study abroad has become one of the hallmarks of a Centre education. We also have study-away programs that allow students to study and work in a major city within the United States. Of the graduating seniors this year, 74.48% of them studied off campus once, 27.27% studied off campus twice, and 10.14% studied off campus three times, and 1.75% studied off campus four or more times. We had one student study abroad six times, helping to make Centre one of the top colleges in the nation where off-campus study is so pervasive and important.

Residential Programs

Centre offers a number of different opportunities for international study. Centre-in-London, Centre-in-Strasbourg, and Centre-in-the-Yucatan are Centre faculty-led programs in the U.K., France, and Mexico. In partnership with Rhodes and Sewannee Colleges, Centre offers faculty-led study abroad opportunities each Fall in Accra, Ghana and in Ecuador, where students study in the capital city of Quito before their 3 week study experience in the Galapagos. Centre-in-England (at the University of Reading), Centre-in-Glasgow (at the University of Glasgow), and Centre-in-China (in Shanghai) are Centre's residential programs in the U.K. and China. Six exchange programs bring foreign students to our campus as well as allowing Centre students to study for a semester at Akita International University in Japan; at Yamaguchi Prefectural University in Japan; at one of five universities in Northern Ireland; at Royal Thimphu College in Bhutan; at Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance; or at Marista University in Merida, Mexico. In addition to the program at Marista University, intensive language immersion programs are offered in Nantes, France and through Centre’s special partnership with the Kentucky Institute for International Studies in Alicante, Spain. 2024 will mark the first year partnering with Kalamazoo College and host institution, Friedrich-Alexander-University to offer a German-language intensive study abroad experience in Erlangen, Germany. 

Our premier study-away programs are in Washington, D.C. and New York City, where students do a full-time internship along with taking courses relevant to the location.

Many students find their sophomore or junior year is the best time to participate in an off-campus program. However, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors all are eligible to apply. Because these are not primarily language programs, students do not need to have studied French, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese to study in France, Mexico, Ecuador, China, or Japan. The cost is the same as the cost of studying on the Danville campus, except for a $400 deposit/surcharge and airfare. Special endowed funds are available on a competitive basis to help students with financial need to cover these costs.

CentreTerm and Summer Programs

In addition to these semester programs, during each CentreTerm Centre faculty members lead groups of students to study in their areas of expertise around the world. Recent sites include Barbados, El Salvador, Fiji, Tahiti, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel-Palestine, Japan, Myanmar and Thailand, New Zealand, and South Africa. Students with intermediate Spanish skills can elect to do a CentreTerm internship through our Merida program in Mexico. In addition to a few courses offered by Centre faculty, each summer the Kentucky Institute for International Studies sponsors more than 20 academic programs that are popular among our students.

Non-Centre-Run Programs Abroad

Students take a temporary leave of absence from Centre to study in semester-long programs sponsored by outside providers. Financial considerations prevent some students from taking this option, since students who are on leaves of absence are not eligible to receive any Centre money and, by law, our financial aid office is not allowed to process state or federal aid due the student. Students planning to participate in a non-Centre program should get prior approval from the Center for Global Citizenship and the Registrar to make certain that all courses will count toward a Centre degree.