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The World at St. Cloud State

Global and Cultural Understanding

“Many of our students come to our diverse campus community and encounter different ideas about people, places and politics. It is our hope that students will listen to all these viewpoints, apply critical thinking and form their own ideas.”
- President Potter

We live in a global community for which the “owner’s manual” is a work in progress. Understanding yourself and your own world in context with a larger reality is a central feature of education at St. Cloud State University. Our strong partnerships with universities around the globe provide opportunities that lead to global and cultural understanding and a respect for different perspectives, religions and cultures.

St. Cloud State is a home for more than 18,300 undergraduate and graduate students who represent not only Minnesota communities but 86 countries, from Albania to Zimbabwe. International and immigrant students enrich the campus by sharing diverse perspectives and traditions. We wish to cultivate a growing multicultural campus that prepares our students and employees to face the challenges of living and working in a global community.


Global and Cultural icon, globe See how Ethnic and Women's Studies students develop global and cultural understanding through a course on health and sexuality in Asian American Pacific Islander communities.