Center for International Understanding

For students, understanding current world events is paramount for success in today’s global economy. Many faculty members have participated in grant-funded professional development workshops around the world, bringing back knowledge that is then integrated into several course areas. The College also offers study abroad opportunities for students each year, allowing them to study a foreign language, explore historical sites and experience another country and culture firsthand. The Center for International Understanding provides a structural framework upon which the College can further its achievements in promoting international understanding. 


Community College of Philadelphia’s Center for International Understanding promotes knowledge and appreciation of a diverse and interdependent world. The Center encourages and supports the integration of international content into courses and curricula, as well as student and faculty experiential learning abroad. To foster student achievement and enrichment, the Center supports faculty development and research. Drawing upon rich resources within the College and among outside organizations, businesses and individuals, the Center initiates and sustains projects to benefit the entire College community and to serve local, national and international needs.

International Education Week, Nov. 13–16

We’re celebrating our global CCP community with informative and fun events. International Education Week is a nationwide event that focuses on the benefits of international education. Stop by our table in the Bonnell Lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, to get information for the week and take a selfie with the giant globe! Roary will also be available for photos on Monday from 11 to 11:45 a.m.

Monday, November 13

Languages Spoken at CCP – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Help us illustrate how many languages are spoken by students, staff and faculty at the College. Write hello and welcome in your native language, noting in English what language it is to help others identify it, on boards that will be available outside rooms W1-1, B2-22 and BR-21.

Learn About Studying Abroad in Japan – 7 to 8 p.m. | Pre-registration is required  

Explore how you can study in Japan, and ask about transfer and scholarship opportunities. Ms. Joy Uetake, Admissions counselor for Temple University's Japan Campus, will talk to you about this program and answer questions.

Tuesday, November 14

International Studies Program Information Session – 1 to 2 p.m. | Join us on Zoom 

Are you interested in global perspectives, cross-cultural understanding and communication? International Studies might be the major for you! Hear from students, alumni and faculty to learn about how this program can help you get started on the path toward an internationally-connected career. 

Wednesday, November 15

Modern Korean History and the Current Situation on the Korean Peninsula – 11:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. | Join us on Zoom

Hear about the history of Modern Korea from 1910 to contemporary times, and how this history has shaped the current geo-political situation on the Korean peninsula, one of the most important areas in the Indo-Pacific Region. Dr. Seok Lee, associate director for Academics at the James Joo-Jin Kim Center for Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, will lead the session.
Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the Kim Center and CCP’s Center for International Understanding 

Domestic Study and Beyond Information Session – 12 to 12:50 p.m. | Join us on Zoom 

Students, we want your feedback! Learn about the College’s study abroad and domestic study trips over the past years, tell us your thoughts about these and future opportunities, and how we can best inform students about study abroad trips. For more information, please contact Lucia Gbaya-Kanga.  

Global Citizen Panel – 1 to 2 p.m. | Room S2-3

Are you a “global citizen,” or do you think you might like to become one? Find out about “Global Citizens of CCP,” a new CCP student club that aims to facilitate dialogue among international students and between international and domestic students. 

In collaboration with the International Student Club and the Global Ambassador group, Global Citizens of CCP will be a forum for discussing ideas to enhance the experience of CCP international students, to promote appreciation of other cultures and to discuss real-world issues of global significance.

Club goals:

  • Engage in community service by volunteering at cultural centers around Philadelphia and working with internationally focused organizations, such as those that assist refugees 
  • Promote the benefits of speaking multiple languages to CCP students
  • Helping interested students to find conversation partners 
  • Hosting informal multilingual conversation events

Hosts Candace Vasquez of the Global Citizen Club and Christian T. Adams, Global Ambassador invite you to learn more and share your ideas!

From Philly to Rome: How to Study Abroad at Temple Rome as a Transfer from CCP – 3 to 4 p.m. | Join us on Zoom 

Learn about transferring to Temple and studying abroad in Italy from a panel of experts from CCP and Temple.

Thursday, November 16 

Student Scholarships to Study Critical Need Languages: Study Globally – 2:50 to 3:40 p.m. | Room BR-73 or join us on Zoom 

Learn about scholarships to study a critical need language, including the Critical Language Overseas Scholarship, the Critical Language Spark Scholarship, the Gilman-McCain Scholarship, Project GO ROTC, and others. You’ll also get information about requirements and application processes.



Study in Italy in may 2015

Study Abroad

What better way to immerse yourself in another culture than by traveling abroad? The College offers several opportunities for students to experience a true study abroad experience.


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