Students: Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible to participate?

CCIS programs are, for the most part, designed for undergraduate credit. College sophomores, juniors or seniors are generally eligible. While a minimum age of 18 years is a frequent requirement, in some programs, freshmen or recent high school graduates will also be considered, given sufficient maturity and academic background. Graduate students are enrolling in increasing numbers.

What are the requirements?

Generally, a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required. Certain programs require a 3.0 average. All programs require two letters of recommendation and official transcripts of prior academic work. Some courses have their own prerequisites.

How do I apply?

Application forms are available from any CCIS sponsoring institution or the CCIS Office in Washington, DC. Completed application forms, with official transcripts and letters of recommendation, and other information that may be required, should be returned to the contact person listed on each program web page. Additional time is needed for students to secure visas where countries require them. A passport is required for all programs.

What will it cost?

Costs for study abroad programs vary, depending on the cost of living and currency exchange rates in various countries. For details on program costs, please refer to the program pages or contact the U.S. sponsoring institution listed on each program page.

Are there scholarships available?

CCIS offers scholarships each term to students at member institutions. If your school is a CCIS member you are eligible to be nominated by your study abroad advisor for a CCIS scholarship. Contact your study abroad advisor for further information.

For scholarship due dates, please view the CCIS calendar.

What language preparation do I need?

Most programs require no prior knowledge of a foreign language. However, foreign language study is required in non-English speaking countries. Students are placed in courses at appropriate language levels. In most programs, other course work may be done in the language of the host country or in English depending on the student's level of proficiency. Teaching is customarily done by native bilingual faculty, as part of the cultural immersion approach.

Where will I stay?

Many CCIS programs offer homestay, which is highly recommended. All host families are screened by the CCIS sponsoring institution, and most homestays include two meals per day. Some programs feature accommodations in dormitories or apartments. Costs vary widely for housing and meals, depending on the particular country, location and accommodations.