» About the Center for Global Education

The Center for Global Education works closely with the Chapman community to provide students and scholars with international educational opportunities. Global citizenship is a high priority for Chapman, and we offer thousands of courses in hundreds of locations worldwide for students to partake global experiences.  

The CGE collaborates with multiple departments and faculty on campus to prepare students throughout the entire study abroad process: the application, pre-departure, while abroad, and returning. We also welcome international and exchange students and prepare them for life at Chapman. The CGE hosts many conferences and events throughout the year to engage the Chapman community in global citizenship on campus.  

Our staff are experts in international education and seek ways to increase student engagement in overseas programs.  We represent Chapman in international education organizations and conferences around the world.

QUIP logoIn 2014, the Center for Global Education successfully completed the Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) for Education Abroad, signifying that Chapman University is committed to quality improvement and the Forum on Education Abroad's Standards of Good Practice. The Center for Global Education participated in a comprehensive self-study and peer review process in order to achieve this highly regarded recognition. The result of the QUIP review process was a comprehensive report and recommendations in the areas of program design, evaluation and assessment, marketing and promotion, student advising, and resources and operations.

Chapman University is a proud member of:

NAFSAForum on Education AbroadISEPInstitute of International Education 

+ - Mission & Vision

The mission of the Center for Global Education is to drive the university's global enterprises by: providing opportunities that meet the needs and contribute to the holistic education of students; inspiring the Chapman community to look beyond their immediate borders; and effectively serving our international and domestic constituents.

Our vision is to be an internationally recognized model and university of choice for academic partners engaged in global education.

+ - History of Global Education at Chapman

Global educational opportunities started at Chapman in 1965 with the creation of the World Campus Afloat program. Chapman was the academic sponsor for World Campus Afloat (now known as Semester at Sea) until 1975. In 1980, Professor Betsy Traux inaugurated an exchange program with King Alfred’s College, Winchester, England. In 1992, Professor Ken Tye founded the Center for International Education. In 1994, Chapman initiated short-term travel courses with the Chapman Quest program in Costa Rica.

In 2004, the Center for Global Education was created as a centralized location for international activities at Chapman, bringing together study abroad and international student services. Since then, the CGE has expanded to include semester and academic year study abroad, interterm and summer travel courses, summer international internships and international student and scholar services.  The Center for Global Education is committed to Chapman University’s mission to provide personalized education that leads students to “productive lives as global citizens.”

+ - Facts & Figures

  • More than 600 Chapman students participate in semester, academic-year, summer or interterm programs per year
  • More than 500 undergraduate and graduate international students are at Chapman from over 70 countries
  • Chapman is proud to rank number 11 among Master's institutions in Semester-Long Participation in Study Abroad, rank #19 in short-term abroad,  and rank number 12 in total undergraduate participation in the number of students abroad for master's institutions in the 2015 Open Doors report. 46% of Chapman students will have participated in an international program before graduating.
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