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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 that are academically and culturally beneficial. The OGE strives to provide both domestic and international students with transformational opportunities to expand their worldview and prepare them for meaningful careers in the global workforce. 

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 including: strategic planning; review and evaluation of international agreements and partnerships; international faculty support; and globally-focused programming for the campus and community.

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.
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 and is the Program Sponsor for CMU’s Exchange Visitor Program.

Study Abroad:

  • offers over 150 approved study abroad programs in more than 50 countries (for the full list of options available, please visit our website at;
  • ensures a wide range of short-term, semester and year-long study abroad opportunities in almost every major;
  • offers opportunities to study world languages;
  • offers virtual international internships;
  • works closely with students to ensure opportunities abroad for a summer, semester, or academic year, allowing for on-time graduation.

Knowledge of a world 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 experienced study abroad advisors meet with students to help them choose an appropriate program to match their budget and academic interests. All students participating in a CMU approved program will receive academic credit for courses completed. Students can request that all of their courses be pre-approved by their academic department, so they will know, in advance, the course credits to be awarded by CMU. Students must be in good standing at CMU and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher to apply; students with a GPA below 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Studying abroad does not have to be expensive. Students looking for affordable programs can choose from a variety of tuition exchange programs and low-cost programs offered around the world through CMU partners and affiliates. There are also a number of resources available to help fund study abroad. The Office of Global Engagement offers a large number of study abroad scholarships each year. In addition, there are scholarships available through CMU colleges and academic departments as well as 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 funds to cover the study abroad program costs. See the “Fund Study Abroad” section of our website for the list of scholarships available.