Center for International Education

Center for International Education

Center for International Education

Center for International Education

Berea College’s Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education (CIE) fosters an understanding of, and respect for, all peoples of the earth. The CIE provides many services to Berea’s current international student population. These services include:

  • Advising, counseling and referral as needed.
  • Orientation services.
  • Advocacy of international student concerns on behalf of the students with the college administration.
  • Immigration services communicating with various Federal agencies (State Department, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) , IRS ).
  • Advising and authorizing internship opportunities such as curricular practical training, post-completion optional practical training and graduate school options.
  • Advising three very active student clubs, the Cosmopolitan Club, the Arab Students Association and the Muslim Student Association.
  • Providing programming and support necessary during the summer and academic breaks.
  • Assist with multi-cultural programs on campus and in the community with the International students and CIE programs.
  • Serve as liaison/mediator between various departments and international students.
Abby '23 in Egypt
Experiences of a Lifetime

Shannon White ’22, Abby ’23 and Cora Allison ’22 each had their own study-abroad experiences that changed their lives.

Our Name

Established in 1998 as the International Center, the Center for International Education (CIE) was dedicated in November 2006 to Francis and Louise Hutchins in recognition of their work in China and America in fostering respectful and mutually beneficial international relations.

Francis S Hutchins
Francis S. Hutchins

Francis S. Hutchins, President of Berea College from 1939-1967, taught in China in the Oberlin/Shansi Program from 1922-1924. He returned to Changsha, China in 1925 to serve as an instructor and representative of the Yale-in-China Mission for the next fourteen years. He returned to the United States in 1939 to lead Berea College through World War II and into the Civil Rights years of the 1960s.

Louise Hutchins
Louise G. Hutchins

Louise G. Hutchins, born in Changsha, China to Episcopal missionaries, earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley in 1932, her medical degree from Yale in 1936, and completed her internship in pediatrics at Hunan Hospital in Changsha. She worked with refugees fleeing the Japanese invasion before coming to join her husband in Berea in 1939. She devoted much of her life in Berea to the healthcare of Appalachian women.

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