Summer offers a rewarding opportunity to get a taste of living abroad while learning about a new culture or enhancing foreign language skills.
What do you need to do?
Consider your destination:
As with semester or year-long study, ask yourself: What are your goals? Do you want to focus on language acquisition while immersed in a non-English speaking program? Are you interested in area studies courses in a foreign culture? Is there a particular topic you would like to explore while living outside your customary environment?
The Off-Campus Study office can guide you in the right direction. We encourage you to research the programs with regard to academic quality, reputation, and availability of student feedback, as well as dates, number of students in the program, and safety measures in case of an accident or emergency.
Where can I find summer program options?
You can use this search engine to find programs: http://iiepassport.org/.
Program providers with language, area studies, or academic content that CMC students have used in the past include:
- CMC Faculty-led Summer and Short-Term Programs
- Arcadia University http://www.arcadia.edu/abroad
- CIEE http://www.ciee.org/participant.aspx
- Goethe Institute http://www.goethe.de/enindex.htm
- IES Abroad http://www.iesabroad.org
- IFSA Butler University http://www.ifsa-butler.org
- SIT http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/
Complete the CMC summer abroad form and turn it into the OCS office at the Center for Global Education in Heggblade Center. If your plans change, keep us informed: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete your application form with your program sponsor.
Are you seeking credit for your program?
If you would like to receive transferable credit for your summer study abroad, contact CMC's Office of the Registrar before you finalize your plans. Students are eligible for credit for study abroad during the summer only if the program is approved by the Off-Campus Study and the courses are approved in advanced by the CMC Registrar. Course approval by department chairs or faculty does not guarantee credit for summer study abroad.
In some cases, the Registrar cannot guarantee transfer credit for summer study abroad programs in advance due to insufficient information and the vast number of summer study abroad programs available. In that case, the final determination may need to be made by the Academic Standards Committee upon review of materials provided by the student. Summer study abroad program sites that have been reviewed and approved for semester study by the Off-Campus Study Committee will receive favorable consideration. No credit will be granted for programs reviewed but not approved by the Off-Campus Study Committee.
How to Pay for Summer Study Abroad
Because you are paying for this program, be sure to research the program fees and what options are included in this fee. Does the program fee include airfare? Airport pick up? Some meals? All meals? Any meals? Housing for some or the entire length of the program? Excursions? International Health Insurance? The iNext Card? Visa fees?
Keep yourself safe and healthy:
It is your responsibility to verify with your doctor that you are healthy enough to travel and to get any immunizations or medications for your destination: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/
In addition, you should determine if your destination is safe http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html and if you are a U.S. citizen, register your travel with the local consulate in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at https://step.state.gov/step/.
Get an iNext Card and, if your program does not include insurance or if you plan to travel before or after your program, either upgrade your iNext card to a premium or comprehensive plan, or purchase an additional International Health Insurance plan.
Have fun, learn, and get the most from your experience!