Study Abroad

At Columbia State, the world can be your classroom. Since 2006, our students have had the opportunity to participate in study abroad programs provided by the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS).

Participants learn from faculty from a TBR institution, including Columbia State professors. Students also get college credit—all the while soaking in the culture and camaraderie of a foreign land. This past summer alone, TnCIS presented students with 18 program destinations from which to choose, including the United Kingdom, Brazil, Italy, Greece, India and China.

In addition to the opportunities abroad, Columbia State makes sure students are exposed to other cultures throughout their time on campus. Besides the Study Abroad Fair and Festival Internationale—held yearly—the International Education Committee sponsors numerous speakers and performances in a continuous effort to facilitate understanding of the international community.

TN Consortium for International Studies
TnCIS Represents 19 colleges and universities devoted to making international education and cultural understanding a central goal of higher education throughout the state of Tennessee.
TnCIS Home Page
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Faculty Opportunities
Faculty can expand their international experiences and bring fresh perspective to the classroom by teaching a course through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies (TnCIS). Faculty are encouraged to apply to teach in an existing program or even create their own program.
Learn more about faculty opportunities
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Planning Your Study Abroad
Study abroad is one of the most exciting academic opportunities available at Columbia State. Click the link below to help plan your trip from deciding what classes to take to how to pay for the trip to what documents you'll need to take with you.
Plan Your Trip
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Dr. Lacey Benns-Owens
Professor of Communication
Williamson Campus, FHUM 238