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International Programs

Ashland University educates and challenges students to develop intellectually and ethically, to seek wisdom and justice, and to prepare for the rigors of living and working as citizens aware of their global responsibilities. Opportunities to study, work, travel, and teach away from campus enrich the educational experience by increasing awareness and understanding of other cultures, languages, and lifestyles.

Office of International Student Services

At Ashland University, the presence of international students enhances the educational experience. These students bring new perspectives through participation in classroom and extracurricular activities. Staff members of the Office of International Student Services and the Center for English Studies (ACCESS) work to meet their special academic, linguistic, cultural, and immigration needs. Programs of community outreach facilitate interaction between AU's international students and the residents of Ashland. Promotion of understanding among people and the development of an appreciation of global issues are the twin goals of our international programs.

Study Abroad Office

The Study Abroad Office promotes learning opportunities for all eligible Ashland University students to gain an understanding of other regions, countries, languages, and cultures through educational travel in the U.S. and abroad.


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Ashland University has pre-approved programs in 38+ countries. Students receive credit for courses taken abroad that advance their AU academic program. For a list of AU- approved programs, visit the Abroad Office online at


AU in Germany — AU in Germany offers students the opportunity to take two core courses taught by AU Faculty and travel. Students spend one week in Ashland and then travel with faculty members to Wittenberg, Germany for three weeks

AU in Costa Rica — The best way to learn a language is through an immersion experience. AU in Costa Rica offers students the opportunity to study Spanish for 4-8 weeks, live with a host family, visit exciting sites and even receive customized Spanish language instruction for their particular career field.

AU in France — AU in France is a 6-week summer program designed to provide students with an immersion experience. Students will earn 6 credit hours of French language, participate in excursions and live with French families.

COBE in China — The College of Business and Economics (COBE) offers students the opportunity to spend four weeks in China.  Students will learn basic Chinese Language and take two, six-credit, courses taught at Nankai University. 


Each year Ashland University coordinates faculty-led tours to locations all over the world from England to Africa to China. These academic programs allow students to accompany one or more faculty members as they explore a focused topic that uses the destination as the classroom. Past programs have traveled to Arizona, Austria, Belgium, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Italy, Massachusetts,

Mississippi, South Africa and Spain.


The College of Education’s Cross-Cultural Internships in Teacher Education (CITE) program offers pre-service teachers the opportunity to complete their student teaching requirement outside of Ohio. Students are assigned to a school that utilizes English as the language of instruction. International locations include: Australia, Bahamas, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa and Spain.