The College of Staten Island has a wide array of affordable study abroad programs that offer CSI credit and engage students in learning about the world on a first-hand basis. Over the past year, 150 students from CSI participated in 20 programs on six continents. The benefits of this experience will last a lifetime.

Still, most CSI students do not even consider studying abroad. We all want more of our students to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities. Most financial aid applies and significant scholarships are available. In 2001 and 2012, more than 100 CSI students won more than $246,000 in scholarships to study abroad. CSI students can receive grants for many programs, including awards up to $8,000 from our program partners.

Faculty and staff encouragement is key to motivating our students to take the initiative to study abroad.  Classroom presentations are an excellent way to get the word out. Please call to schedule a visit of ten to 15 minutes to talk with students about preparing for global citizenship through studying abroad. To schedule a class visit, please send an email with your name, phone number(s), the course title(s) and number(s), along with the scheduled time and place, approximate class size, and preferred date for the class visit, and send it Russell Davis, Study Abroad Advisor, at We will get back to you to confirm the details of the visit. If you have any questions, please call Russell at 718.982.2098.   

Please see some beautiful student photos and testimonials at our CSI Study Abroad Blog.

Finally, on a personal note, I must tell you that after 22 years at the College of Staten Island, I will retire at the end of September. I thank you and many fine colleagues, from Staten Island and around the world, for joining us in the Center in the fulfillment of our mission to open the world to the students, faculty, and staff of the College and of our partner institutions around the world. I am gratified to know that our work has touched many lives and that we have helped to build an international reputation for the College.