Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS)

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About CIPS

The Center for International Programs and Services (CIPS) provides Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, USA with a proactive, student-centered approach in support of internationalization and diversity in our institution. CIPS partners with international admissions and recruiting, while developing and implementing opportunities for all students to participate in programs which enhance international student retention. CIPS provides guidance and advising on matters relating to the U.S. legal immigration status of students under federal law.


"CIPS always tries to keep the international students involved with the local students. They continually have events to help the students feel more at home!"

- Student from Saudi Arabia


CIPS Focus Areas 

  • International student recruitment and retention services
  • International admission and orientation
  • Immigration and sponsored student services
  • International student advising
  • International student programming, events, and activities
  • International student heatlh insurance, banking, housing info, etc. 
  • Communication management
  • Community based outreach
  • Professional development workshops for ERAU faculty and staff
  • Collaboration with various campus programs and departments

The Embry-Riddle Language Institute 

CIPS partners with the Embry-Riddle Language Institute (ERLI) whose mission is to provide the English language and cultural skills international students need to succeed in academic studies and in their future career.

Study Abroad

CIPS works closely with the Study Abroad & Global Engagement Office which supports both short-term and long-term study abroad programs and services for ERAU students, including classes, internships, technical and special courses abroad. 

International Student Association

CIPS works closely with the International Student Association (ISA), a chartered club on campus whose members come from more than 30 countries around the world, including the United States. ISA currently has more than 100 members and is an organization which was created to share cultures, develop friendships, and increase understanding within and across boarders. International students are automatically enrolled upon admission, but ISA is open to all interested Embry-Riddle students. ISA helps with and organizes many of the fun and educational activities supported by the CIPS office, including the annual International Festival.  

Visit the ISA's Webpage in the Control Tower

iHouse 

In collaboration with the Department of Housing & Residence Life, CIPS oversees the International House, or iHouse for short, which is a themed living community for students interested in gaining a broader perspective and deeper understanding of multi-cultural world views. iHouse is open to all students. Learn more about iHouse. 

Helpful information

Please visit the CIPS office if you need more information regarding:

  • Obtaining a driver's license
  • Getting a cellphone
  • Finding housing
  • Getting a bank account
  • Getting involved on campus
  • Health Insurance
    • This is mandatory for all international students. If you have insurance from your home country that covers you during your studies in the United States and are able to show sufficient proof, the mandatory insurance fee from the university will be waived. 
  • Sponsored Students
    • If your sponsor requires an official transcript of grades, you will need to make arrangements during orientation.

"CIPS is a place where you find the merge of many cultures and international experiences. They have awesome people ready to guide and stand for their international students and provide for their needs and aspirations."

 - Student from Brazil