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 July 2013

Building international bridges

Columbia College expands study abroad options to include more international universities.

2012-13 was a banner year for Columbia College in many ways, which held true for the international student services department. Over the past year, the college expanded its international partner institutions from one partner institution to five.

In addition to the longstanding partnership with Kongju National University in South Korea, Columbia College welcomed the following institutions: Rangsit University in Thailand, University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan, Jeju National University in South Korea, and the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University in Scotland. There have also been positive conversations with Konkuk and Soon Chun Hyang universities in South Korea, and Canterbury Christ Church University in the United Kingdom, which hopefully will result in future partnerships. The expansion of Columbia College’s international partnerships was recently featured in a Columbia Daily Tribune article.

The growth of international partner institutions was the result of years of conversations driven by a desire to internationalize the Columbia College campus.

“We feel that a diverse campus is beneficial to all,” said Britta Wright, director of international student services. “When you connect with individuals who have a different background and culture than you, your education takes on a global perspective.”

For more information please visit the Columbia College study abroad website.