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Study Abroad

Review the Application Process and Apply to Study AbroadStudying in another country can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your undergraduate career. Studying abroad will widen your horizons and enrich you with new ways of thinking about the world as you experience a different culture.

Trips last from 10 to 14 days, and students who receive financial aid may be able to use their award toward a Study Abroad experience. Past study tours have taken students to destinations like Argentina, Belize, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, England, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru, Spain and Turkey.

Benefits of the Study Abroad Program

Through your Study Abroad tour, you will:

  • Gain firsthand experience of the world beyond the United States
  • Develop knowledge and interest in a particular city, country or region
  • See connections between your own culture and other cultures
  • Increase intercultural dialogue, civility and goodwill
  • Achieve academic, career and personal goals
  • Discover new goals and new ways to make a positive impact on the world

For more information, please contact Oscar Cabrera, head of the Foreign Languages department, at 215.751.8640.

Study Abroad Destinations and Travel Dates

Community College of Philadelphia is offering five Student-Faculty International Fellowship Programs for 2015. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about and then travel to the destination to directly experience its culture and contemporary society. Students in each group will take a one-credit course (except for the Belize Archeology Option participants) and travel with a team of experienced Community College of Philadelphia faculty. Final travel dates listed below may change slightly due to airfare availability and other considerations.

For further information about the one-credit course, travel, costs and the application procedure, please plan to attend an information session (attendance is not required to apply to a program).

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 28, 2015. Hard copy applications must be submitted to Ms. Jackie Harvey in BR-21.



Belize, Central America (Tropical Ecology option) — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

Early May 2015

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Study in Italy in may 2015

Italy — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 4 - 14, 2015

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Suleymanye Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 9 - 19, 2015

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Belize, Central America (Archeology Option) — Summer 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

Two-week sessions: June 15 - 29, 2014 and June 29 - July 13, 2015 Three-week session: June 15 - July 6, 2015 Full four-week session: June 15 - July 13, 2015

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Mt. Koya

Japan — June - July 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

June 24 - July 6, 2015

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History of Study Abroad at the College

Our Study Abroad Program started in 2000 when 9 students and 2 faculty members participated in a program to London. Since then, College groups have visited 13 other countries including Argentina, Belize, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, France, Ghana, Greece, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru and Turkey.   Some of these programs have been offered for many years. We have brought students most years to Merida, Mexico since 2001 and to Istanbul, Turkey since to 2006.  Other programs, such as to Peru and to Belize have been offered every other year. View past trips.

How does our study abroad program work?

The College's Study Abroad program is different than other colleges' in that students do not spend a semester  abroad. To accommodate work schedules, family obligations and limited student funds, our programs usually last between ten days and two weeks.

The most unusual aspect of our study abroad programs is that more than 90% of our student participants receive significant travel scholarships through the College and pay between $400 and $850 to fly and study around the world.

Most of our Study Abroad programs have a formal academic component. With a few exceptions, students take a one-credit course: Interdisciplinary Studies 120: Introduction to a Study Abroad Site (IDS 120).  This course ensures that students go to a country where they know about the economic  and political circumstances of those they meet, and they understand the historical, cultural, and geographical factors that have led to diverse societies. The professors leading the groups design and teach their own particular section of IDS 120 course.   Students meet in pre-departure meetings and have assignments due when they return home from the trip.


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