Study Abroad at Central Piedmont – Now Accepting Applications

Have you ever thought about traveling internationally while earning class credit?  Do you want to stand out among your peers academically and professionally?

Central Piedmont’s Global Learning Office has various opportunities that allow you to do both!

Study Abroad: Central Piedmont offers short term and faculty-led study abroad programs during spring break and the summer term. Travel with faculty for 1 to 4 weeks and earn class credit. (Humanities 120 is an option for most programs along with the discipline attached to the program).

By studying abroad, participants gain cultural sensitivity, foreign language skills, and a global perspective. This translates to competitiveness in the job market, as employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and experience. Check out our amazing program locations for 2020 and apply now (programs are filling up quickly).


NC Scholars of Global Distinction: The N.C. Scholars of Global Distinction is designed to equip students with the global competencies and skills needed for the 21st-century workforce.  Participating students will expand their intercultural awareness and understanding of the global relevance of their college studies by completing the program’s requirements. This honors program sets students apart from their peers and enhances their résumés.

Learn more information about program applications and requirements.


Email with questions or to set up an appointment to learn more!

Join Us for the Global Learning Office Resource Fair Sept. 26

Join the Global Learning Office for its annual Resource Fair. Come learn more about Study Abroad, NC Scholars of Global Distinction and the Global Student Association.  This event will be held Wednesday, September 26 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Worrell Lobby on Central Campus. Each study abroad program leader will be available to answer specific questions about their 2019 programs. Attendees will also get to vote on our annual Study Abroad photo contest. See you there!

Central Piedmont’s Global Learning Office hits its Generation Study Abroad Goal Ahead of Schedule

In 2014, the Institute of International Education (IIE) launched “Generation Study Abroad,”

Britney Jolly in front of an amblulance

Britney Jolly

a five-year initiative to double the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade.

Central Piedmont Community College responded to the IIE’s challenge, pledging it would increase the number of students it was sending overseas by 70 percent and double the number of countries available to study abroad students by 2020. (At the time the pledge was signed, CPCC was sending approximately 35 students to four different countries.

The Global Learning Office is pleased to announce that it has achieved the goals it set forth for the program almost four years ago, two years ahead of schedule.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, the college sent 60 students to nine different countries for study abroad opportunities in England, Ireland, Wales, Guatemala, Peru, Spain, France, Germany and Italy. (Programs are currently being planned for a variety of new locations, including Ecuador, India and Japan.)

All study abroad experiences are led by a diverse faculty pool, representing a variety of career fields such as the culinary arts, history, humanities, health sciences and international business and others to give students the global competencies and skills needed for today’s 21st century workforce.

“Research shows that international experience is one of the most important components of a higher education experience,” explains Nadine Russell, director of global learning at Central Piedmont. “Central Piedmont is committed to infusing global perspectives throughout its curriculum and teaching the competencies needed for students to succeed in the global economy, regardless of if they’re able to travel outside the state of North Carolina. At Central Piedmont, we believe ‘it is all global.’”

To help students broaden their horizons and journey beyond North Carolina’s state lines, the college offers a number of scholarship opportunities, from sources including the U.S. State Department, the German Language and Culture Foundation in Charlotte, the French Embassy, Central Piedmont’s Foundation, Generation Study Abroad, crowd funding by faculty/students, Central Piedmont’s Student Life, and Partners of the Americas, to cut students’ travel costs.

This past summer, Central Piedmont student Britney Jolly travelled to Guatemala for two weeks where she participated in a variety of service initiatives, including providing hands-on health services to locals.

“I was blessed to have the opportunity to study abroad in Tecpan, Guatemala, this past summer with Central Piedmont’s Global engagement program,” explains Jolly. “While abroad, I gained so much understanding about the differences their culture holds from ours, which in the end has helped me grow as an individual as well as a nursing student. This experience has inspired me to become more involved in the community and has changed the way I look at and live my life.”

Going forward, Central Piedmont hopes to recruit even more students like Britney into its study abroad program, giving others the opportunity to prepare for life and work in a global society. To learn more, visit or call 704.330.6167.

Join CPCC’s WorldQuest Team for a Night of Free Trivia and Dinner on Nov. 8 

Do you love trivia or have international knowledge you would like to showcase?

The Global Learning Office is seeking CPCC students to participate in the annual WorldQuest international knowledge competition. All costs are covered by the Global Learning Office.

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 8

Location: Hilton Charlotte Center City

Address: 222 E. Third St., Charlotte, NC 28202

Dinner: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Program: 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Teams will answer questions related to current events, history, geography and other topics of global significance. This year’s categories include:

                    World Flags

                    Geography of Italy

                    Saudi Arabia in Transition

                    History of the Cold War

                    Venezuela in Crisis

                    World Elections

                    Food, Culture, Dance, and Anything in Between

If you are interested in joining the student team, contact Liza Melms at or 704.220.2722, ext. 3061. The team will have eight members and two alternates, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


The UNconvention Toolkit

The UNconvention Toolkit
October 6, 2016
Hall, Room 215/216, Central Campus
2 – 3:30 p.m.

Join Global Learning as they facilitate a discussion on economic inequality from a domestic and international point of view. International and domestic students are encouraged to attend this event to provide feedback on their experiences, similarities and differences when it comes to economics across the globe! This event will have limited spaces available. If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to or contact the Global Learning office at 704.330.6167. Come out to share your experience and hear the experience of others to gain a better understanding of other cultures as it relates to economic inequality.

Visit Nothing But Noodles on September 22 to Help CPCC’s Study Abroad Program

Did you know that the number one cause of death of women in Peru is cervical cancer? The main reason for this statistic is limited access to the screenings we take for granted. CPCC Medical Career students are participating in a global Nothing But Noodlesmedical service learning experience by spending two weeks in Cusco, Peru, to support women’s health through cervical cancer screenings and other health screenings such as immunizations and laboratory work.

To assist with this cause, Nothing But Noodles has generously decided to donate a portion of its proceeds to CPCC’s Study Abroad – Medical Service Learning initiative.

To participate, simply visit the Nothing But Noodles location at 1605 Elizabeth Ave. on Thursday, September 22 and mention “CPCC Study Abroad” at the register. You can support the cause by dining at any time throughout the day; dining in or carryout orders apply.

Thank you for your support!


World Quest 2016

Come represent CPCC in an international knowledge competition!  Global Learning is seeking students who would like to participate in World Quest 2016.  At this exciting competition, students will answer questions related to current events, history, geography and other topics of global significance.  Details about the event can be found at

Thursday, November 10 at the Westin Charlotte

Dinner: 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.

Program: 6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

*If you are interested in being part of the student team, please email

Presentation and Round Table Discussion with Gillian Tett

August 24, 2016; 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

CPCC Central Campus, Hall Professional Development Building, Room 215/216

The CPCC Global Learning Office and the World Affairs Council of Charlotte are honored to welcome Gillian Tett to CPCC’s Central Campus on August 24, 2016. Tett serves as U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times, where she writes weekly columns covering a range of economic, financial, political and social issues throughout the globe.

She will speak about the global economy, with a focus on the future of the EU along with the ramifications of Brexit. In 2014, Ms. Tett was named Columnist of the Year in the British Press Awards and was the first recipient of the Royal Anthropological Institute Marsh Award. In June 2009 her book, “Fool’s Gold,” won Financial Book of the Year at the inaugural Spear’s Book Awards.

Ms. Tett’s past roles at the Financial Times have included U.S. managing editor (2010-2012), assistant editor, capital markets editor, deputy editor of the Lex column, Tokyo bureau chief and a reporter in Russia and Brussels. Her latest book “The Silo Effect,” published by Simon & Schuster in September 2015, looks at the global economy and financial system through the lens of cultural anthropology.

Please join us for a presentation and round table discussion on August 24, 2016, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., in the Hall Professional Development Building, Room 215/216 on CPCC’s Central Campus.

Space is limited! R.S.V.P. to Nadine Russell

International Education Week: November 16-20

Enjoy free events and activities sponsored by CPCC’s Global Learning Office, International Student Services, Student Life and the Diversity Committee. Mark your calendars for:

  • November 17:  International Teas & Tastes 9-11; Worrell Lobby, Central Campus
  • November 18:  Global Citizens Meet and Greet; 12:30-1:30 p.m., Overcash Lobby, Central Campus – Free interactive social with students, faculty and staff.  International attire is encouraged!
  • November 19: “Beauty from A Cross-Cultural Perspective,” Panel Discussion. 11-12:15 p.m., Tate Hall, Overcash Center

RSVP for activities during the week at OR call 704.330.6167.

Do You Like Trivia?

Join the CPCC WorldQuest team! You will learn about international current events, meet fellow students interested in global issues and network with the Charlotte international community. The game is played in 7-8 rounds with 10 questions per round. Work with your team to answer and win! Dinner is provided before the competition.

Sign-Up Here and the Global Learning Office will contact you with meet/study times with the team!

When: Wednesday, November 18 (During International Education Week)

Time: 6 p.m. (Dinner) THEN 7:15 p.m. (WorldQuest & Academic WorldQuest Begins)

Where: Hilton Center City

222 E. Third St.

Charlotte, NC 28202

Cost:  FREE!

CPCC Seeking Host Families for German Exchange Program Students

CPCC in conjunction with CDS International Inc., (New York, N.Y.) is currently seeking two Charlotte host families for the 2015-2016 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals.

The program is an on-going, reciprocal exchange for career-minded young adults, and is supported by both the American and German governments. The program finances the costs for language training and study at American colleges. German participants, who are between the ages of 18 and 24, arrive in U.S. in early- to mid-August, study for the fall term at a local community college and work at a paid internship in their respective fields from January through the end of June. They return as a group to Germany following a mid-July seminar at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

All participants are fully covered by a comprehensive medical insurance, are furnished a J-1 work visa by the U.S. State Department, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and are required to purchase their own automobiles. Upon request, a modest monthly stipend is available to host families to defray living expenses.

CPCC’s program is currently seeking two families, couples or single individuals who are interested in bringing a young German adult into their home for six or eleven months. If you would like to know more about the program, please contact Nadine Russell, director of Global Learning at CPCC, at 704.330.6167 or at

International Education Week is Coming! Free Speaker, Free Music, Free Food

Come and join the Global Learning Office for one or more of the events being hosted for CPCC’s first annual International Education Week, Nov 17-21.  All events are free and open to the public.  If you are interested, just email so International Educationthat we can make sure that we have room for everyone.

·         Tuesday – Nov 18 – Global Issues Forum: Escaping Poverty and Becoming Poor, presented by Dr. Anirudh Krishna

The author of “One Illness Away” presents a fascinating analysis of the reasons why people fall into poverty and how they escape it.  He will share experiences from personal interviews in India, Kenya, Peru and the United States.

9:30 – 10:45 a.m., Tate Hall, Overcash Building

·         Wednesday – Nov 19 – Global Beats

International dance and rhythms will be showcased in this outdoor event.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Library Quad (Rain Location: Pease Auditorium)

·         Thursday – Nov 20 – Global Tastes

Learn about diverse cultures and cuisines through this interactive social event.  Join us for free refreshments and an international tea tasting.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lobby, Worrell Building


Want to Learn About International Current Events?

Join the CPCC Worldquest Team! This is a group of 8-10 students who compete together in the World Affairs Council of Charlotte’s annual trivia events.  There are teams representing high schools, colleges and corporations from all around the Charlotte region.  It is a team event, so no one is ever worldput on the spot.  It is a fun evening with a free dinner, the chance to learn more about international current events and a great opportunity to network.

Westin Hotel
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Tentative Time – 6-9 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining the team (free to all students) – must contact to lock in their space.

Spend Spring Break 2015 in Jamaica

What are you doing for your next Spring Break?  Want to spend it exploring a new culture, tasting authentic Jamaican food, and sight-seeing the natural beauty of the Caribbean? The Global Learning Office will be sponsoring a Spring 2015 Study Abroad program to Jamaica and you could be a



part of this educational experience.

This program will give you the opportunity to explore Jamaica behind the scenes – including culinary delights, the Bob Marley Museum, native animals at the Jamaica Zoo, the role of education in Jamaica at the University of the West Indies, the natural scenery of Coyaba River Gardens, and historical and important religious artifacts.

Travel Dates: March 7-14-, 2015

Applications Due: October 31, 2014

Program Costs – $2070+

3.0 College Credits – COM 140-60 (Summer 2015)

Course will count as an elective

Interested?  Talk to us ASAP to learn more about the program and how to apply. Contact Dr. Anne McIntosh at or the Global Learning Office at


Film Screening and FBI speaker

CPCC’s Global Learning Office will be hosting a Global Issues Forum Event exploring national security and corporate security.  We will be screening the short film “The Company Man: Protecting America’s Secrets” based on a true story of corporate espionage.  Following the film, we will be hosting a discussion about the The Company Manissues raised, led by an FBI representative.

If you are interested in international, criminal justice, or espionage issues, we encourage you to attend this free event.

Wednesday, Sept. 24
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Merancas Campus Auditorium