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Center for International Education

The Center for International Education (CIE) at Salem State University coordinates international programs and outreach for students, faculty, and scholars, both domestic and international.  Our mission is that every Salem State student have the opportunity for global engagement that enrich their experiences and allow for a deeper understanding of the world.   

We offer comprehensive immigration services and support for international students and scholars, faculty support for global initiatives, and provide advising for students who want to study abroad.   

Our Global Mission

Our inspiration and global mission comes from the history of Salem and it golden age of sail.  Intrepid 19th century seafarers and ship builders set off from the shores of Salem to discover people and treasures from China and East India – now India and Southeast Asia. When globe-travelling sea captains returned with new goods, ideas, and stories, Salem's place as a global port and global destination had begun. Now, Salem is a tourist destination on a historical oceanfront, with a history and a story that has welcomed new ideas and new people since 1626.   

Salem's seaport city of 42,000 residents welcomes over a million tourists per year, who can visit our Salem Maritime Historic Site and Visitor Center, and the oldest continuously operating museum in the country – the Peabody Essex Museum – which houses over a million works of art from around the world and numerous historic buildings and a modern expansion.  You may know Salem from the witchcraft hysteria that took place in 1692, and we recognize and honor the innocent victims of that terrible time.  But Salem's history and present are intertwined – with a lively Haunted Happenings celebration during the month of October and stunning views of the ocean from multiple beaches and parks, and with Boston just 30 minutes away by bus or train, Salem's location is perfect destination for international study. 

Discover our International Community

With over 350 international students from 60 countries, our history has shaped the welcoming university community that we are.  Whether you are an international student, visiting scholar, or whether you want to study abroad, the Center for International Education and our staff can assist you. You can learn more about our dynamic degree programs taught by world-class faculty at the College of Arts and Sciences, the Bertolon School of Business, the Maguire-Meservey School of Health and Human Services, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Studies

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Connect with Us

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm
Student Advising Walk-In Hours: Monday-Thursday 2-4 pm

North Campus
Sullivan Building, Room 114
352 Lafayette Street
Salem, MA 01970

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