International Studies

International Studies

The following information is intended to highlight some of the activities, study abroad opportunities, resources and services provided by the Center for International Studies.

Study Abroad Opportunities

For students, faculty, and community members

International Faculty Exchange and Fellowships

For Maricopa Community Colleges faculty

International Student Admissions at PVCC

For all PVCC students

International Education Resources

External links to international education Web sites

International and Intercultural Education

For PVCC faculty and staff

Explore the Global Worldwide Web!

The following links are sites available for educational use and research.  

IS Educational Research Resources:

International Program & Funding Resources:


International and Intercultural Education

PVCC’s Center for International Studies provides limited support for professional development of employees to international education focused programs.  Support is available by application and is for the express purpose of encouraging employees to attend institutional programs that provide the participant with insightful academic experiences that directly relate to the college's teaching and learning initiatives and the participant's courses/position as they pertain to international studies.

Supported programs shall demonstrate academic quality and result in tangible international resources, models, teaching methods, coursework/curriculum development and/or collegial networks for the institution, community, and participant.  Attendance in the institutional program will also provide the participant with a level of global expertise enabling them to act as a resource guide for students, faculty, professional colleagues, and the community.  Applicants should plan on utilizing professional growth travel funds available through their policy group first before applying for international education funds.

Funding Options

Download a copy of the Instructors Professional Development Application in a MS Word document.

Download a copy of the Staff Members Professional Development Application in a MS Word document.

If you are unable to download this document, please call 602-787-7296 to request one be sent to you.

  1. Complete International Travel Authorization Form and appropriate Center for International Studies Professional Development Application.
  2. If the program does not take place, immediately notify the Director of International Education.
  3. Immediately upon your return, you must contact the Fiscal office for submission of receipts and travel documents.

PVCC Center for International Studies Scholarship

The Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC) Center for International Studies scholarship is a one-time, up to $1000 award.  Students must have completed 12 or more PVCC credits prior to application, have a 3.0 GPA, be enrolled currently as a full-time student (12 credits or more) at PVCC (F-1 students are not eligible), and meet one or more of the following criteria…

PVCC Student has declared the Global Studies Academic Certificate as his/her major - and/or
PVCC Student has declared Foreign Languages as a major - and/or
PVCC student has declared his/her major as Business with an International (IBS) emphasis and are pursuing a business associate’s degree—and/or
PVCC student has been accepted to participate in a Maricopa Community College-sponsored education abroad program.

Download The International Studies Scholarship Application - pdf
Download The International Studies Scholarship Application - Word docx

The Paradise Valley Community College Center for International Studies was founded in 1994 under the auspices of an U.S. Department of Education Title VI-B grant. The Center's commitment to international education leadership and service has resulted in exemplary programs, awards, and initiatives.
  • awarded the International Achievement Award for the Best Practice in Global Education for the Global Forums and Villages program by American Council on International Intercultural Education (ACIIE)  
  • awarded in partnership with the Maricopa County Library District, an American Library Association Live! @ Your Librarygrant to host nine visiting authors to speak on "Losing Geography, Discovering Self"  
  • awarded a second U.S. Department of Education Title VI-B grant to access the global digital economy  
  • awarded an International Consortium for Education and Economic Development grant to create online bilingual courses with CETYS University, Baja California, Mexico  
  • awarded an USAID grant to train environmental technicians at the University of Tabasco, Villahermosa, Mexico  
  • awarded an U.S. Department of Education Title VI-A grant for humanities and foreign languages curriculum and program development  
  • awarded a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant to participate with a consortium of colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico on a trilateral student exchange grant  
  • awarded a Japan Foundation library grant  
  • designated as Regional Center for Asian Studies by the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii  
  • received the Faculty Recognition Award for exemplary international programs by the Consortium for Community College Development  
  • awarded the International Achievement Award for international faculty development and a comprehensive international resource center by American Council on International Intercultural Education

Center for International Studies Mission Statement:

The Paradise Valley Community College Center for International Studies provides a wide array of innovative instructional and student development programs in international education with a primary focus on and specialization in Asia and Latin America.

Center for International Studies Vision Statement:

Cultivate Paradise Valley Community College as a center for global engagement.

Strategic Plan:

I. Provide global engagement opportunities for students.

  • Offer short-term study abroad opportunities each year (on-going)
  • Sustain globally-focused articulation agreements (on-going)
  • Maintain a passive international student recruitment process (on-going)
  • Increase student participation with refugee service agencies (on-going)
  • Market the Center’s academic certificates (on-going)
  • Expand visiting artists, scholars, and other professionals to include evening and Black Mountain campus classes (on-going)
  • Continue offering international service-learning experiences (on-going)
  • Expand study abroad scholarship fundraising avenues (on-going)
  • Sustain annual Paradise Valley Community College International Film Festival (on-going)
  • Expand global/local social justice educational opportunities (on-going)

II.  Increase global engagement opportunities for employees

  • Continue to provide faculty with content-based, global field study, institute, workshop, and seminar opportunities (on-going)
  • Increase faculty and administrator participation in the Association of Regional Centers for Asian Studies/Asian Studies Development Program (on-going)
  • Increase participation in MCCCD coordinated exchanges and fellowships (on-going)
  • Host local and national conferences and workshops with Asia and Latin America foci (on-going)

III. Promote an interface between college and community groups with global engagement programs and opportunities

  • Offer short-term study abroad opportunities with community participation (on-going)
  • Host visiting artists, scholars, and other professionals for global engagement (on-going)
  • Sustain annual Paradise Valley Community College International Film Festival (on-going)

IV. Evaluate the operations of and resources associated with the Center

  • Continually evaluate and update the Center’s programs via the web page (on-going)
  • Expand and update library collection of international resources (on-going)
  • Increase marketing and publicity of the Center’s programs (on-going)
  • Collaborate on globally-focused grant projects with college departments and divisions, other academic institutions, and/or community organizations (on-going)

In partnership with the Catholic Charities Offices of Refugee Resettlement, the Center for International Studies hosts one or two global village presentations each year.  This partnership was established in 2000. These one-hour presentations provide experiential opportunities to understand the material and non-material culture from different regions of the globe.  Topics include: Differences Between Refugees and Immigrants, Passport to Africa, Asia, Mexico, and the Middle East.