Global Learning and International Education

Global Learning at Jackson State

The Global Learning Program at Jackson State believes that educating a responsible global citizenry is central to the community college mission. To that end The Global Learning Program aims to: 

  • Promote global citizenship through curricular and co-curricular programming;
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn about and enage with texts, ideas, and people from cultures different from our own;
  • To understand our responsibilities and roles as an international community of students and scholars;
  • To understand the diversity of our home communities through global education and local outreach;
  • Create and maintain local, national, and international educational partnerships that foster the intellectual and personal growth of the student, as well as the welfare and advancement of the Jackson State service area;
  • To prepare students to understand the problems of their local and global communities and to prepare them to respond to those problems with nuance, compassion, and integrity

Global and International Programming

For decades, Jackson State has introduced the campus and community to a variety of international speakers, scholars, and performers. From Irish dancers to Afro-Cuban bands, African singer-songwriters to Filipino cuisine, Jackson State prides itself on it extensive international programming that is free and available to everyone in our community. 

Upcoming Events

September 19th: Hispanic Heritage Month Kickoff, 12:30 PM, Quad

September 26th: Cazateatro presents “Is it Latin or Hispanic?”, 12:30 PM, Quad

September 27th: Study Abroad Kickoff, 2:00 PM, Nursing Room 203

October 11th: Author Esmeralda Santiago, Reception at Noon followed by her talk at 12:30, Ayers Auditorium, McWherter

October 12th: Tacos and Tecate Fundraiser, 6:00 PM, Skillet Junction

Email Dr. Liz Mayo for more information about these events:

International Education and Study Abroad

Curricular programming is at the heart of the Global Learning Program at Jackson State. Through the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies, Jackson State offers credit-bearing courses in programs that will take you all over the world. Studying in another country and in a culture different from your own will open doors for your future, both personally and professionally. A cultural immersion experience will help you see and appreciate the world from a new perspective.

Prospective employers see JSCC credits from study on your transcript and view your as a person who is self-motivated, independent, open to new ideas, able to cope with diverse situations and one who exhibits a willingness to embrace challenges.

Students wanting to earn college credit through an international learning experience have ample opportunities at Jackson State. JSCC is able to offer classes in a variety of disciplines in over twenty countries. So, get ready to sip coffee at Café de Flore in Paris while reading French poets, study Aristotle’s works while you roam around the Acropolis in Greece, or follow Darwin’s route in the Galapagos as you learn about biodiversity and the evolution of organisms! Those learning experiences are available through Jackson State and TnCIS!

Tennessee Consortium for International Studies

How To Study Abroad

____ Apply for passport!  Regular processing times are currently at 10-13 weeks so do this immediately!)

____ Check out the Summer 2024 TnCIS Programs

____ Talk with your advisor about the course that best fits your degree program

____ Complete the JSCC International Scholarship application by January 22, 2024. Instructions below!

____ Consider other applying for other grants and scholarships

____ Complete the TnCIS Application for your program of study by February 1, 2024. Go to the Program you're interested in and click on “Apply Now” in the lower right-hand corner. Applications open Oct. 1, 2023.

  • Make sure you put JSCC as your Home Institution on the application!
  • Pay the application fee in the JSCC Business Office; take a copy of the receipt to Dr. Liz Mayo (Nelms Classroom Building, 2nd floor 213J)

____ Check your email often for communications from TnCIS and the Global Learning Program!

____ (Optional) Sign up for GLOB 1000: International Education. This one-credit hour course held every Spring in an online second 7-week format is an excellent way to earn elective credit while learning about the study abroad experience.  

Need Help?

Jackson State International Ambassador Scholarship

The Jackson State International Ambassador Scholarship is a competitive scholarship intended to support student travel study opportunities. 

Minimum Requirements for Applicants:

  • Be currently enrolled at Jackson State
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have a minimum 2.0 G.P.A.
  • Be at least 18 years of age at the time of travel
  • Must have completed 12 college-level credit hours prior to travel
  • Must obtain a valid passport prior to travel 

A complete application for this scholarship will include:

  • Application cover letter providing information about yourself
  • Typed 500-word essay addressing the question: Why do you want to study abroad? Be sure to explain what you hope to learn and how you believe this experience will enhance your education.
  • Two letters of support; one must be from a JSCC faculty member. Have your recommenders send their letters to Dr. Liz Mayo at by the deadline below.

Apply here for the scholarship by no later than 22 January 2024.


Photo of Liz MayoLiz Mayo, Ph.D.
Professor of English and Global Learning Coordinator