» About the Center for Global Education

The Center for Global Education provides a diverse portfolio of semester abroad, faculty-led, and international internship programs to prepare students for an increasingly integrated and multicultural world. Global citizenship is a high priority for Chapman, and we offer thousands of courses in hundreds of locations worldwide.  

The CGE collaborates with multiple departments and faculty on campus to prepare students throughout the entire process: the application, pre-departure, while abroad, and returnee phases for all CGE programs. We also welcome 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.

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CGE Student Learning Outcomes

Critical Thinking

  • Understand the interrelationship of global systems and develop sophisticated solutions to complex problems 
  • Demonstrate awareness of global issues and their impact internationally, nationally, and locally


  • Articulate international experiences in multiple contexts with a variety of audiences
  • Develop verbal and non-verbal communication skills, both in native and foreign languages

 Cultural Relativism

  • Understand socioeconomic and cultural differences that contribute to the systems of privilege and stratification
  • Appreciate diversity and inclusion in a global context
  • Understand why multiple perspectives are critical and valid
  • Understand their economic, environmental, social, and cultural impact of living in a host country

 Professional Development

  • Develop lifelong career skills such as adaptability, a tolerance for ambiguity, and enhanced teamwork skills
  • Experience their chosen field in a global setting
  • Create personal and professional connections
  • Apply global experiences back into the Chapman classroom and within extracurricular activities
  • Identify and/or clarify academic and career goals

 Intrapersonal Development

  • Enhance student’s identities and global self-awareness through interaction with other societies
  • Increase independence and confidence in new environments
  • Develop openness, curiosity, and respect when interacting with other cultures or perspectives
  • Establish an awareness of personal and social responsibility, both globally and locally

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.

CGE Memberships and Certifications

Chapman University is a proud member of:

Generation Study Abroad    NAFSA     Forum on Education Abroad   


ISEP    QUIP      Diversity Abroad logo


In 2014, the Center for Global Education successfully completed the Forum on Education Abroad's 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.

CGE Newsletter Archive

Subscribe to the Center for Global Education Global Panthers Newsletter to stay updated on events, deadlines, and student stories from abroad!

Check out the newsletter archive for the past 7 months:

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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.

In 2019, the Center for Global Education restructured to have better student support and outreach during their program selection and application processes. Global Education Advisors are assigned to each college to guide students, families, and faculty through education abroad applications and preparations. The Operations team handles incoming exchange students, student enrollment, travel course design and set up for faculty, and administration. International Scholar Services moved to the Office of Faculty Affairs and International Student Services moved to the Office of Admissions. Read more at A Note from the Director.

The Center for Global Education is committed to Chapman University’s mission to provide a personalized education that leads students to “productive lives as global citizens.”

Facts & Figures

  • More than 750 Chapman students participate in semester, academic-year, summer or interterm programs per year through the Center for Global Education
  • Chapman is proud to rank #127 among all U.S. colleges and universities for the total number of students abroad! (Open Doors, 2019)
  • 38% of Chapman undergraduate students have an international experience.