As a supporting unit to The University of Akron, the staff in the Office of International Programs undertakes the following:
Global awareness, international experience, and ability to appreciate languages and cultures are critical for the university graduate. Education Abroad enhances the student's academic background; develops critical thinking and decision making skills; increases intercultural, political and economic understanding; and enhances self-esteem. The University of Akron has Education Abroad direct exchanges and affiliations with universities in Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, the People's Republic of China, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Korea, and the United Kingdom. In addition, UA has affiliation agreements with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), GlobaLinks, the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University, Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), and the Ohio International Consortium. Programs are available to all students regardless of major, language, training or financial means. Education Abroad may be undertaken for an academic year, a semester, or a summer, depending upon the host institution. Short-term education abroad programs also are available through UA. For additional information, attend a special event such as "Study Abroad 101," one of the "Education Abroad Forums" (each semester) or the "Education Abroad Fair" (October).
A Learning Community is a group of students who take two to four classes together. Faculty members integrate topics and assignments across the courses so that what is being learned in one course reinforces and complements what is being learned in the other courses. Many courses in Learning Communities apply toward baccalaureate and associate degree requirements; some courses fulfill General Education requirements. Students in any major are welcome to participate in a Learning Community.
Academic Achievement Programs
Phone – 330-972-6804
Academic Achievement Programs is dedicated to the mission of preparing students for personal success. It provides various academic, social, and cultural experiences for Akron-area students. Through five distinct programs, it expands and enhances academic instruction and adds value to the development of students through intensive summer components as well as academic year activities. These experiences are intended to empower students to make good decisions at home, in school, and in personal relationships, which will improve their self-worth, impact high school graduation rates, and facilitate the successful admission to and graduation from post-secondary educational institutions.
Officer Training Programs (ROTC)
The University of Akron supports and promotes a robust officer training program — Army Reserve Officer Training Corps. ROTC produces leaders for the Army while building better citizens for America. ROTC is a military educational program designed to give men and women the opportunity to become officers while earning a college degree. ROTC offers scholarships, leadership training, and many other experiences simply not available to your average college student. ROTC classes and leadership training will help you sharpen your analytical skills. You’ll learn to evaluate changing conditions and make appropriate decisions. Being in ROTC requires you to take an added class and lab in addition to your other college courses. Typically, ROTC class credits can be applied as general elective credits toward your degree, and if you complete all four years of ROTC courses, you can earn a minor in the respective discipline.
Office of Multicultural Development
The mission of the Office of Multicultural Development at The University of Akron is to prepare students to live and excel in a global society. As an advocate for equity and social justice, they ensure that students of diverse ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds achieve their fullest potential in an affirming environment which supports access, retention, and successful completion of goals. This mission is characterized by extensive student-focused collaboration with all segments of the campus community.
Adult Focus is an academic support service for adult learners. An adult learner is any student who satisfies one of the following conditions:
Any student, regardless of age, whose primary life roles and responsibilities exist independent of the University and take precedence over the role of student in times of crisis or stress is considered to be an adult student.
Workforce Development and Continuing Education
Workforce Development and Continuing Education offers quality noncredit classes to area businesses and to people in our community. Workforce Development and Continuing Education serves your educational needs:
More than 300 classroom and online courses are available each semester. Many courses are approved by professional, national and state organizations for certificate and license re-certification. Graduate credit online workshops are available for teachers.
University - Additional Locations
The University operates five educational centers in our surrounding communities.
University Partnership Program - Lorain County Community College (LCCC)
The University Partnership Program brings colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, to the LCCC campus to offer the coursework and programs that students need for bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Degrees offered parallel those that LCCC offers, enabling students to move into higher level degrees without leaving LCCC. More information is available by calling the Center at 800-995-5222 ext. 4949.