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Office of Global Engagement

Jennifer Evanuik, Executive Director
Ronan Hall 330; 989-774-4308;

The Office of Global Engagement (OGE) provides centralized support for all of CMU’s international initiatives. The OGE provides campus-wide leadership in coordinating, planning and developing international programs and initiatives for students, faculty and staff on campus and abroad that are academically, culturally, and socially beneficial to all. The OGE strives to provide both domestic and international students with life-changing opportunities to expand their view of the world and prepare them for meaningful careers in the global workforce whether at home or abroad.

The OGE is comprised of two main work groups: Study Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services. In addition, OGE provides broad oversight of university internationalization in general: strategic planning; review and evaluation of international agreements and partnerships; international and domestic faculty support; globally-focused programming for the campus and community; etc.

International Student and Scholar Services:

  • provides comprehensive initial orientation and ongoing support services to international students, scholars, and faculty for a smooth transition and a successful academic experience at CMU;
  • serves as social and academic advocates on behalf of the international student and scholar population;
  • assists international students, scholars and faculty in understanding immigration regulations and maintaining valid legal status in the United States;
  • is responsible for ensuring university compliance with Department of Homeland Security and Department of State regulations for international students and scholars.

Study Abroad:

  • offers over 150 approved study abroad programs in more than 50 countries (for the full list of options available, please visit the Office of Study Abroad website at;
  • ensures a wide range of short-term, semester and year-long study abroad opportunities in almost every major;
  • offers opportunities to study languages not taught at CMU;
  • performs academic and health/safety evaluations of current and potential exchange and study abroad partner locations;
  • works closely with students to ensure opportunities abroad for a semester, or even a year, allow for on-time graduation.

Knowledge of a foreign language is not a requirement to study abroad because there are many programs around the world that offer courses taught in English. The office’s highly trained study abroad advisors meet with each student to help them choose an appropriate program to match their budget and academic needs. All students participating in a CMU approved program will receive academic credit for their program. Students can have all their courses pre-approved by their academic department, so they will know in advance the course credits that will be awarded by CMU. Students must be in good standing at CMU and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply.

Studying abroad does not have to be expensive. Students looking for affordable programs can choose from a variety of tuition exchange programs offered around the world. Tuition exchange programs allow students to pay CMU tuition and enroll in courses at the foreign university with no additional charge. There are also a number of resources available to help fund study abroad. Study Abroad offers a large number of study abroad scholarships each year. In addition, there are scholarships available through on-campus departments and from sources outside the university to help students fund their international study. Students participating in a CMU-approved study abroad program may also continue to receive financial aid and may apply for additional assistance to cover the study abroad program costs. See the “Fund Study Abroad” section of our website for the list of scholarships available.

In support of campus internationalization, OGE:

  • reviews, evaluates, and assists in the creation of international agreements and partnerships;
  • maintains data on CMU’s international activities;
  • disseminates information about global opportunities for faculty and staff;
  • collaborates with campus and community partners to offer programming to support cross-cultural understanding.