- A "Stand Alone" or "Island" program, in which all courses are arranged for a group of U.S. students and taught by local faculty.
- A fully-integrated program at a foreign university, where students take all courses with host institution students.
- A combination program where courses are arranged for the group by the program sponsor, plus the student enrolls in one or two courses at a foreign university.
Madrid, Spain alumna, Jaqueline Demeranville '05 stated "The most important thing I have learned from this experience is that it's all up to you. How much you learn and get involved with the culture really is a reflection of your own personal effort - and it takes a lot! That matters so much more than what program you're on."
For more information on programs approved by our faculty committee, please see our Web Page on approved programs.
- Consider the type of experience you seek: cultural immersion, language acquisition, thesis research and/or internships.
- Consider which site will contribute the most to you academically and personally. See assistance with this consideration from your professors.
- Pay particular attention to program philosophy and design: US classmates versus local students? Cultural integration? Fieldwork? Internships?
- What are your housing options on the program?
- What is the academic calendar of your program? In the Southern Hemisphere, fall semester at universities is mid-July to mid-November and spring semester is mid-February to mid-July.
- What extracurricular and cultural activities would you available?
- Read your CMC email from the Off-Campus Study Office.
- Attend a Mandatory Meeting.
- Make an appointment to speak with an Off-Campus Study advisor.
- Meet with program representatives when they visit CMC.
- Consult program brochures/websites and student evaluations available both on-line & in the OCS office.
- Discuss your plans and ideas with faculty.
- Meet with study abroad alumni and international students from the host region for additional information.