Many study abroad programs require that you complete your freshman year of college before you start a study abroad program, however; some programs allow starting freshman. Check each program’s eligibility and learn about your home institution’s policy as well.
The earlier the better! If you haven’t already, schedule a time to meet and talk with your study abroad advisor on campus. They can help you understand the timeline and process to apply to study abroad through your home institution. Typically, applications are due the semester before you depart. Check each program’s application deadline on the program page.
Most programs require no prior knowledge of a foreign language. Some programs are specifically designed for you to study a language and others offer a combination of courses in English and foreign language study. Some programs offer proficient students the ability to study in the local language. Check out the academic information and requirements on each program’s page.
Most likely yes. Speak with your home institution’s study abroad advisor to learn the process of credits transferring. One process may require you to complete a course equivalency form which would be approved by your academic advisor; however, each institution is different so make sure to learn what is required on your campus.
Yes! In fact, recent research shows that students who study abroad are more likely to graduate on time than their peers. While study abroad does not delay graduation, you will have to work with your academic advisor to ensure you stay on track while abroad. If you have other goals, like learning a specific language and culture, then it might not be possible to take your required major courses and the language program. There’s always a little give and take, but with some research you can find the best program to meet your needs, including graduating on time.
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 and read through what is and is not included. Some program costs include housing and meals, while for others those costs are separate.
“The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1992 mandated that a student can receive financial aid for the costs of
studying abroad if the student is enrolled in a program approved by the home institution. Moreover, the student
would be eligible to receive grants, loans, or work assistance without regard to whether the study abroad program
is required as a part of the student's degree." – Association for International Educators
Check with your study abroad advisor and financial aid office to make sure your government aid will transfer. If your advisor has questions, have them contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! There are many scholarships available to study abroad. They require some planning, time, and effort, but we’ve created some resources to help you including a database of study abroad scholarships. You can visit the resources here.
First, you should think about what’s most important for you. Is location, certain course availability, or being able to intern what matters most? By using the program search function at the top of the page, you can find programs that fit your priorities. If you’re more flexible, you can browse programs to explore the interesting options available.
Student accommodations abroad vary by program. Many CCIS programs offer homestay options, while other programs feature accommodations in dormitories or apartments. Costs vary for housing and meals, depending on the particular country, location, and accommodations.
Most homestays include two meals per day. Meals provided depend on the host country and program. Check the program cost section of the program information page to see what is and is not included for a specific program of interest.
Study abroad programs operate on the typical university calendar of the host country, which usually leaves time for breaks and long weekends for personal travel. Make sure to check visa requirements for other countries you are interested in visiting before you leave.
We encourage you to review the program information details carefully and talk with your study abroad advisor before applying. Once you’re ready, you can click on Apply Now at the top of the page and begin the online application instructions. Check out this short video for more information.