Center for International Programs
The Center for International Programs is a vehicle to fulfill an important aspect of the mission of the college — making education accessible to those beyond our borders. Working with partners in various parts of the world, the center offers programs in these locations:
- Tirana, Albania
- Prague, Czech Republic
- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
- Athens, Greece
- Thessaloniki, Greece
- Beirut, Lebanon
- Panama City, Panama
- Eskişehir, Turkey.
The center primarily serves undergraduate students. Degrees earned abroad are identical to those earned in the United States. Students engage in classroom-based instruction in Athens, Prague, Thessaloniki and Tirana. Onsite Empire State College offices serve students studying in these cities. The Lebanon Residency Program and the Panama and Dominican Republic Programs combine short-term residencies with online learning.
In accordance with Empire State College's core philosophy, faculty mentors work closely with students to develop degree plans, choose courses and complete learning contracts. The Center for International Programs draws faculty from across the college, as well as from other institutions, when necessary. Local faculty provide academic support at sites where there is a need. Experienced professors provide personalized academic support and degree planning services to all students.
Credits earned at foreign universities other than partner colleges can be counted toward the completion of your degree. Transcripts must be evaluated by one of the following approved evaluation services:
- Academic Evaluation Services, Inc. (AES)
- Educational Credential Evaluators Inc. (ECE)
- Educational Perspectives (EP)
- World Education Services (WES)
It is possible for students to transfer up to 40 credits for an associate degree and/or up to 96 credits for a bachelor's degree.
Instruction is in English
Students must read, speak and write in English at the college level to be admitted to the program. Where necessary, students may be required to undergo English proficiency testing.