Shippensburg University: Charting your pathway to success

Are you looking to further your studies abroad? If so, you may want to consider Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, US. The university has been delivering quality education to students since its inception in 1871 and offers an affordable American-style education to international folk.

There are many appeals to studying in Pennsylvania. For instance, the state is home to many Fortune 500 companies while Shippensburg’s campus is nestled in a prime location – in the center of the East Coast’s major metropolitan areas – making it accessible to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC and New York for students to visit and complete internships. This northeastern state is also among the country’s top 10 states with the highest number of international students in 2016-2017.

As the ‘Land of Opportunity’, the US has long attracted a high number of international students each year, with the country surpassing the one million mark for international students for the past three consecutive years. This is hardly surprising, seeing that the US is home to some of the world’s top universities.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree, Shippensburg offers over 100 undergraduate and more than 50 graduate programs for international students to choose from, catering to varied interests. Depending on their program, learners can choose to study on campus or online.

The university boasts small class sizes to ensure students not just develop meaningful relationships with faculty, but also learn in an intimate environment where there are more opportunities to engage in classroom discussions and receive individualized support for a personalized education.

A well-rounded education

International students will be spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing programs offered at Shippensburg’s colleges, which include the John L. Grove College of Business, the School of Engineering, Wood Honors College, College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.

Students who have their heart set on studying business will be pleased to know that the university’s business school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) and is listed as a premier business school in the Mid-Atlantic Region (Northeast).

The college offers a wide range of programs, for both undergraduate and graduate students, that meet the demands of our rapidly changing global economy. The MBA program is available through face-to-face or online instruction and can be done on a full- or part-time basis to meet the needs of working professionals.

Meanwhile, Shippensburg’s School of Engineering offers the following areas of study: computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering for students keen on becoming computer science or engineering professionals. It has three departments that offer six distinct Bachelor of Science programs, a Computer Science Minor and an MSc in Computer Science.

The school’s Computer Science, Computer Engineering and Software Engineering programs are accredited by ABET, Inc while its Software Engineering program is one of only 26 accredited programs in the nation. Accreditation aside, the school also prides itself on producing work-ready graduates through strong partnerships with industry leaders such as Deloitte, Volvo and NASA, allowing students to gain real-world experience in the field of their choice.

Meanwhile, students looking to step out of their comfort zone can enrich their academic experience at the Wood Honors College, which is open to students from all majors and professional interests. Membership at the college provides rigorous coursework, priority scheduling, housing with fellow Honors students and special research and service learning opportunities. Students even have the chance to study abroad and gain a valuable global perspective.

A holistic approach

Students at Shippensburg are not passive learners; the institution complements theory and practice with hands-on learning through community service, research, fieldwork and more, setting students apart from other graduates entering the workforce.

The university also has a long history of providing internships to students and employers through its vast alumni network, partnerships with business and industry leaders, as well as via its Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center (CMPD). CMPD helps undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni up to one year post-graduation, with a range of services. These include assistance with choosing a major/minor, finding an on-campus job, building their résumé, finding a service opportunity and helping with interview preparation.

Meanwhile, international students who are traveling and studying in the US for the first time may initially feel overwhelmed when adapting to their new life abroad – a new place and culture, and possibly a new language for some – can leave students feeling overwhelmed.

But Shippensburg offers international students ongoing support, helping them ease into their new life under the university’s Center for Global Education (CGE). The institution hosts over 100 students from over 20 countries and CGE conducts new student orientation and offers support in housing, employment and student travel information, assistance with maintaining their legal status in the country, and more, to ensure students’ experience at the university is positive.

So, whether you’re a high school graduate exploring your university options or a working professional looking to take your career to the next level, there’s no doubt that Shippensburg University will help chart your pathway to success.

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