Annual Country Study Program

For the past 34 years, Kennesaw State University (KSU) has dedicated each academic year to the study of a particular country or region introducing thousands of students to the rich diversity of world cultures that make up the human family. The award-winning program plays a vital role internationalizing our campus and engaging local and global communities. Annually, it results in new courses and curriculum, research projects, education abroad programs, and global partnerships. With more than 30 events in the weekly series of lectures, performances, exhibits, seminars and conferences, the ACSP helps students break down stereotypes, build connections across cultures, and develop the intercultural competencies needed to act responsibly in today’s complex interdependent world.​

  • The Year of program goes beyond the classroom as it takes students on a study abroad to experience to the region they have studied.

    During their time abroad, students will:

    • Interact with students from the host country
    • Experience local customs and traditions
    • Explore cultural sites discussed in Year of Lectures
    • Gain 3 credit hours that count towards their Spring Semester

    For more information on this year’s ACSP abroad trip, please visit the Study Abroad 2018 page.

  • Building skyscrapers

    The Year of Program hosts an annual conference on the that year’s country of study. Each conference last for one weekend during the Spring semester and host guest speakers from around the world.

    These topics may include:

    • History
    • Culture Macro & Micro Economics
    • Traditions
    • Language
    • Globalization

    For information on this year’s conference, please visit the Year of India Conference 2018 page.

  • The Annual Country Study program supports and empowers faculty to integrate country specific material as well as education abroad and local intercultural experiences into their curriculum through connections with the local community and partners abroad. Guest lecturers and speakers are invited in the fields of:

    • Art
    • Business
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Health
    • Humanities
    • Science

    Each year, special courses, faculty and student learning communities, and seminars abroad are offered. 

  • Year of Russia Journal Cover

    In addition to hosting phenomenal events and guest lectures, the Year Of program sponsors the Journal of Global Initiatives. This journal is a collection of peer reviewed scholarly articles authored by KSU faculty. Each article focuses on a relevant and important topic of interest that pertains to the selected country of study.

    You can find all publications from the Division of Global Affairs through the KSU Digital Commons Portal, including the latest publication Russia Relations in Today’s World.


    View past journals in the Year of Archive page


  • 2017 High Achiever Award

    The division of Global Affairs was awarded the 2017 High Achiever Award by the Alif Institute from the Arab Culture center in Atlanta. The award was given to honor the Year of the Arabian Peninsula’s work to advance Atlanta’s Arab community.

    See the Division of Global Affairs receives Alif Institute Honor article to learn more about the High Achiever Award by the Alif Institute.

    Innovation in International Education Award

    In 2014 The Division of Global Affairs was proud to receive the Innovation in International Education Award from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The award was given for the ACSP’s ability to demonstrate excellence and innovation in its approach in achieving student success and international education development (

    For more information on the Innovation in International Education award, please visit the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' website.

  • Each year, KSU hosts featured theatre, music and dance performances, art exhibits, and culinary demonstrations pertaining to the country of study. This offers the KSU community a unique opportunity to experience the culture and traditions of another country locally.

  • “I have studied at KSU for three years and have attended Year of Events every semester. I love getting to try new food and watch live performances during the fairs, but also enjoy interesting lectures on a topics within and outside my field of study."

    Charles T. Carmical
    International Affairs Major