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Study Abroad

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

Swasey Branch river

Tentative Travel Dates:

Early May 2015

What you'll be doing:

Led by Prof. John Braxton (Biology) and Prof. Margaret Stephens (Environmental Conservation/Geography), you will explore the natural wonders of the tropics and earn academic credit in a field setting in Belize, Central America. Stay at a wildlife sanctuary as you learn about the landforms, geology and rich cultural history of the area. Paddle in tropical rivers, snorkel in the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere, hike in the mountains, visit a huge hydroelectric dam project and ancient Maya archaeological sites with CCP faculty and local experts. Experience the cultural riches of the Creole, Maya, Mestizo, and Garifuna peoples and see how the challenges of sustainable development, globalization & trade, fisheries and forest management are being addressed.

Level of Physical Activity:

This trip requires moderate physical activity and walking in rough terrain in hot, humid, tropical conditions. Most indoor spaces and vehicles are not air-conditioned.

Information Sessions:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014: 33-4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014: 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015: 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Sessions will be held in room B2-26.

 

Study in Italy in may 2015

Italy — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 4 - 14, 2015

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Italy — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 4 - 14, 2015

What you'll be doing:

Students will travel to Italy and explore the birthplace of the Renaissance with Professors Massimo Musumeci (Foreign Languages) and Sarah Iepson (Art History). With a focus on art and architecture, students will develop an understanding of the complex and varied history and culture of the Italian Peninsula. Students will participate in site visits to famous locations such as the Pantheon and Coliseum in Rome and the Uffizi gallery in Florence, as well as the less well-known ancient and medieval sites of San Gimignano and Civita di Bagnoregio. Each of these locales will strengthen student comprehension of events leading up to the Renaissance and the complex changes that occurred after this significant period. In addition to the historical and art education, students will receive basic Italian lessons; participants will be able to use the language while at restaurants, open-air markets, and other locations. Through the above experiences, students will appreciate the thousands of years of innovative ideas upon which modern Italian culture is founded.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2015: 3-4 p.m.

Sessions will be held in room B2-22.

 

Suleymanye Mosque

Istanbul, Turkey — May 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 9 - 19, 2015

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Istanbul, Turkey — May 2015

CCP students at Suleymanye Mosque

Tentative Travel Dates:

May 9 - 19, 2015

What you'll be doing:

Cynthia Giddle and John Joyce, teachers of English and Humanities courses, will guide students to the magnificent architecture and historic sights of Istanbul. Students will visit multiple neighborhoods (Sultanahmet, Beyoglu, Kadakoy, Balat, Fatih) while studying the city's strategic importance to the Christian Byzantine Empire and the Muslim Ottoman Empire, as well as to the modern Middle East. In addition to visiting buildings of architectural and cultural significance such as Hagia Sophia and the Suleymanye Mosque complex, students will learn about the culture through the history of food and artistic/religious performances (Sufi and secular), and while exploring the subcultures- -Kurdish, Gypsy, and Christian--within modern Turkey.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 23, 2014: 2-3 p.m.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015: 3-4 p.m.

Sessions will be held in room B2-22.

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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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

What you'll be doing:

Led by Professor Stan Walling, you will join the Rio Bravo Archaeology Field School in Belize and learn the essentials of field archaeology in a tropical forest setting filled with previously uninvestigated buildings and artifacts left by the ancient Maya civilization. Students will spend time in a research camp as they learn excavation techniques and the use of hi-tech approaches to archaeological mapping. As part of this engaging and intensive Study Abroad experience, students will also take educational tours of restored Maya archaeological sites and attend evening lectures on Maya history, forest botany, and related subjects given by expert researchers.

Level of Physical Activity:

This trip requires moderate physical activity and walking in rough terrain in hot, humid, tropical conditions. Most indoor spaces and vehicles are not air-conditioned.

Information Sessions:

Monday, September 29, 2014: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday, October 17, 2014: 2-3 p.m.
Friday, November 7, 2014: 2-3 p.m.

Sessions will be held in room B2-22.

Mt. Koya

Japan — June - July 2015

Tentative Travel Dates:

June 24 - July 6, 2015

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Japan — June - July 2015

Mt. Koya

Tentative Travel Dates:

June 24 - July 6, 2015

What you'll be doing:

Prof. David Prejsnar (Religious Studies) and Prof. Akiko Mori (Japanese Language) will guide students through the ancient Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara, the sacred Mt. Koya, and the modern cities of Osaka and of Hiroshima, site of the first use of the atomic bomb. This study-abroad program will concentrate on the theme Influences On Japan From The Outside World. In Kyoto students will stay in a traditional Japanese-style machiya inn, while visiting beautiful cultural sites such as the Zen temples and gardens of Ryōanji. Students will experience how Japanese culture has been influenced by Asian and Western cultures through food, art, theatre, music, and comic books (manga.) The group will travel to Nara and the breath-taking Buddhist holy mountain of Mt. Koya, staying in a temple-inn, and practicing meditation. In Hiroshima and Osaka the group will explore Japan’s situation in the modern world and Japanese pop culture. Students will learn some basic conversational Japanese and practice and deepen their language-skills.

Information Sessions:

Thursday, October 16, 2014: 3-4 p.m.
Thursday, November 20, 2014: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 21, 2015: 3-4 p.m.

Sessions will be held in room B2-22.

 

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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