Why Study Abroad?

The American Association of Community Colleges’ Position Statement on International Education asserts that:  

The United States must remain a leader in the global community of the 21st century to maintain its educational and economic vitality. To ensure the survival and well-being of our communities, it is imperative that community colleges develop a globally and multiculturally competent citizenry. Community colleges are strategically positioned and experienced to respond to this educational and economic development imperative by educating and training individuals to function successfully in a multicultural and advanced technological environment that crosses all boundaries of education, communications, language and business.”

Meeting this challenge, community colleges provide:

  • internationalized curricula; 
  • multicultural activities and programs;  
  • language programs; 
  • cultural and ethnic studies; 
  • study abroad programs;  
  • faculty and student exchange programs;  
  • professional development;   
  • technical assistance to other countries and their businesses/industries;  
  • local, state, national and international forums;   
  • international student enrollment;  
  • community education forums
AACC Position Statement on International Education. American Association of Community Colleges, Adopted April 1997 and Amended by the Board of Directors November 2001.  http://www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Positions/Pages/ps11132001.aspx

Study abroad opportunities help establish and cultivate global competencies in our student body and faculty. Global competency exists when an individual is able to understand the interconnectedness of peoples and systems, to have a general knowledge of history and world events, to accept and cope with the existence of different cultural values and attitudes, to understand and interact with other people in a diverse and interconnected world, to celebrate the richness and benefits of this diversity, and to live as informed and responsible citizens of the world.


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Chair of Social Science, Humanities,
& Foreign Languages

Liberal Arts & University Transfer
Craven Community College

800 College Court
New Bern, NC 28562
Email: bellaceroc@cravencc.edu
Phone: 252.638.7328
Fax: 252.638.3231

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