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Study Abroad — Summer 2014

Choose between Belize, Cambodia, South Africa or Turkey

Community College of Philadelphia is offering four Student-Faculty International Fellowship Programs for 2014. This is an exciting opportunity to study and then travel to the destination to experience its cultural history and contemporary society.

Application Deadline: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014

Hard-copy applications must be submitted to Ms. Jackie Harvey in BR-21.

Students in each group will take a one-credit course (except for the Belize 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, etc.

Belize, Central America: Archeology Field School

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.

Approximate travel dates:

  1. First two-week session:           June 15-29, 2014
  2. Second two-week session:     June-29-July 13, 2014
  3. Three-week session:                June 15-July 6, 2014
  4. Full four-week session:           June 15-July 13, 2014

For further information about the one-credit course, travel, costs and the application procedure, please join us for an information session on Monday, January 27 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Room B2-22-I. You do not need to attend this information session to apply.


Tentative travel dates are May 12-24, 2014.

Led by professors Daravan Yi, Counseling, and Linda Fellag, English, this study abroad program will introduce students to the rich history and magnificent architecture of Cambodia. Participants will explore the capital of Phnom Penh, including the Royal Palace, the National Museum of Cambodia, the Tuol Sleng genocide museum and the Killing Fields, and the Mekong River.

Students will also travel by mini-bus to the famed temples of Angkor Wat, and gain firsthand knowledge of day-to-day life in Cambodia by visiting a rural factory farm, silk factory, floating village and an orphanage. 

More specifically, this trip will concentrate on the theme of Cambodia and the Human Condition. We will focus on how this Southeast Asian country represents the innate capacity for human survival. We will study some of the key points in Cambodian history — the Khmer Empire and the 20th century famine and genocide — that illustrate the resilience and strength of humankind.

South Africa

Approximate travel dates are May21-June4, 2014.

Led by English professors Debonair Oates-Primus and Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, you will learn about the cultural, social, political and historical developments in multicultural South Africa while earning one academic credit. Discover breathtaking Cape Town via cable car to the top of Table Mountain and experience its bustling city life. Take a ferry to historic Robben Island. Learn about South African diversity through visiting the Khaya La Bantu Village in the Eastern Cape and experiencing Xhosa hospitality. In a series of guided field trips and visits to cultural sites, we will find wildlife in a game reserve; attend folk dance, song, and theater performances; and explore art/craft exhibits, museums, and open-air markets. Join College faculty and local experts while we visit Cape Town and beautiful surrounding landscapes, and learn from South Africa’s variety of cultural and historic sites.

Istanbul, Turkey

Tentative travel dates are May 9-19, 2014.

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, like Hagia Sophia and the Suleymanye Mosque complex, students will explore culture through the history of food and artistic and religious performances (sufi and secular), looking at the subcultures — Kurdish, Gypsy, and Christian —within modern Turkey.

For further information about the one-credit course, travel, costs and the application procedure, please join us for an information session on Thursday, January 23 from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room B2-22-I. You do not need to attend this information session to apply.

Participation Requirements and Important Information 

  1. To be eligible, students must have completed at least 12 credits at Community College of Philadelphia by the end of Fall 2013, be registered in Spring 2014 courses at the College, and be in good academic standing with no disciplinary holds.
  2. When the selection process is complete, the selected students must enroll in and pay tuition for the one-credit course, Interdisciplinary Studies 120: Introduction to a Study-Abroad Site. IDS 120 will require approximately 9 hours of pre- and post-departure meetings, which will be arranged by group leaders. Attendance is mandatory. In IDS 120, students will read, write and discuss materials to prepare for and reflect upon the study-abroad experience.
  3. Note that you must submit a $400 deposit by check or money order (made out to Community College of Philadelphia) with your initial application. Your check or money order will be returned to you if you are not selected. The application is due on February 5, 2014.
  4. Interviews of the finalists will begin the week of February 10. Selected students will be notified by February 21. If selected, the balance of the program fee will be due 10 days after notification of selection.
  5. After travel, students will be expected to participate in presentations or panel discussions to share their study abroad experience with others in the College community.

Selection Criteria among Eligible Applicants

 A diverse group of students will be selected based on the following:

  1. Academic performance in Community College of Philadelphia courses, including those being taken in Spring 2014, as indicated by grades in courses. A current College transcript is required.
  2. One College faculty member’s written recommendation. Faculty recommendations must address the following:
    1. The student’s interest in the target destination, intellectual curiosity, and/or relevant personal/career goals, as well as markers of solid academic work.
    2. The student’s reliability, as demonstrated through his/her activities, such as being prepared for class, attending class, and getting assignments in on time.
    3. The student’s ability to contribute to and function abroad in a small group: getting along with faculty, other students, and people he/she meets abroad.
  3. A carefully written statement of 300-600 words explaining past coursework, reading and/or experience that led you to be interested in this particular opportunity, and how studying and visiting the program/country for which you are applying for would further your personal career goals.
  4. Selected finalists will be contacted for an interview by a selection committee.


Download and complete the application now.
(pages 5 through 8 of PDF)

  • Please return completed application in person with a $400 initial payment by WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2014 to: Ms. Jackie Harvey, Office BR-21
  • Make checks or money orders payable to Community College of Philadelphia. Your check or money order will be returned to you if you are not selected to participate.
  • Final Payment Deadline: If you are chosen to participate, you will pay the rest of the trip cost BY MONDAY MARCH 4th, 2014.
  • For Final Payment information for the Belize trip, please contact Dr. Stan Walling at swalling@ccp.edu

Total cost to students (including deposit):

  • Cambodia $800
  • South Africa $850
  • Turkey $800
  • Belize: $1,650 for a two week stay, $2,050 for a 3 week stay, $2,550 for a 4 week stay. A limited number of $500 travel scholarship are available for Belize through this application process.

Please note: The price above does not include the following additional costs:(All amounts are approximately)

  • Travel Insurance $95
  • Passport $100
  • Tuition for IDS 120 (not for Belize) $153
  • Inoculations (if applicable)* $200
  • Miscellaneous expenses/personal expenses $300
  • Airfare (Belize trip only) $650
  • Entry visa $25

*Not all trip require inoculations