Center for Continuing Studies


Global Outreach

We work with international communities and global outreach programs to connect people with similar interests and goals.

We provide:

  • corporate executive education programs.
  • experiential learning opportunities for students and professionals.
  • short-term programs in the medical and health areas

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EducationUSA Academy     

3 week Summer Program -July 7 - 27, 2019

EducationUSA Academy at St. Cloud State University is a pre-college academic enrich program for international high school students. This program offers college preparatory content, campus visits and cultural activities and has a STEM focus.  Gain inside experience on higher education in the United States.  Learn more

Doing Business in the USA

doing business in usaThis  7-8 day program reviews how U.S. society views, accepts and even raises the entrepreneur to hero status, but also how its laws and capital markets encourage entrepreneurship and support small business ventures. 

Dates: Watch here for the next session.

Why do this in Minnesota?

Minnesota dynamic economy offers an established stable of Fortune 500 companies, with six of our 17 rising in Fortune's rankings in 2015 and three retaining their spots. At least three more Minnesota companies are poised to move onto the list. Many have significant investments and well-established operations around the world. They include 3M, Best Buy, Cargill, Medtronic, General Mills, Ecolab, and IBM.

Through seminars, panels, discussions and small-business visits, program attendees:

  • learn best business entrepreneurship practices.
  • exchange information with American counterparts.
  • connect with small companies interested in exploring a commerce exchange.

Our seminars cover:

  • Starting a business in the USA: implications and challenges
  • Growing a business: where to find the financial back up to continue expansion
  • Government programs and support to help small business succeed through a mentor-protégé program
  • Small business cash flow management (from balance sheet to income statement)
  • Microloan program: launching up your startups with Microloans
  • Social media marketing strategies
  • Planning, initiating and developing a business plan, which considers the problems, risks and opportunities associated with new business ventures in the American market


We cover topics such as strategies for doing business in the American market, success stories from local companies and economic data

Social programs/activities

A welcome dinner and a closing ceremony connects you with university authorities, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce members and selected local government officials and business people.

Trips to the Albertville Outlet Mall, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota History Society and our Mississippi River Walk.


We offer a pick-up service that brings you to your accommodations in St. Cloud State University's residential apartments just blocks from campus and the Mississippi River. You'll have access to university facilities such as the library and computer system and 24/7 emergency assistance.


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Cultural Short-Term Program

cultural visitIn this 10-12-day program, visiting students (high school and college ages) wrap themselves in American culture, explore sights and work in volunteer operations as a way to give back to the community that welcomes them.

We provide on-campus housing and students use our cafeteria.

English language and American culture

global language classVisiting students in this 4-6 week program are immersed in the culture and language.

They learn about the American way of life while making connections with people who have similar interests.

We focus on English language instruction and intercultural experiences.

Students live in on-campus housing and use our cafeteria.

Public Health Nursing Experiential Learning Abroad

Undergraduate nursing students visit and learn from peers and nursing professionals in Chile during this four-week program in October.

They learn what it means to deliver health services to local communities by working with Chilean nursing students to create material on healthy lifestyle alternatives. They also make home visits under the supervision of nursing faculty from the Universidad de Concepcion.

Host families provide accommodations and meals.

Public Health Child-Wellbeing Experiential Learning Abroad

Undergraduate nursing students participate in elementary school screenings and work with families from the community under the supervision of preceptors/nursing faculty from the Universidad de Concepcion.

In this four-week program in March, students also make home visits accompanied by their peers and faculty.

Host families provide accommodations and meals