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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. Besides increasing your intercultural competency, studying abroad provides you with experiences that aid in leadership, civility and goodwill. Additionally, you can achieve academic, career and personal goals while discovering new ways to make a positive impact on the world. Students who study abroad become are invited to participate in many networking opportunities with other Study Abroad alumni. 

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, Cuba, France, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru, South Africa, South America, Tanzania and Turkey.

How it works:

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.  

The College's Study Abroad program is a short-term program 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. Additionally, our student participants receive significant travel scholarships through the College and pay as little as $850 to fly and study around the world.

Our Study Abroad programs have a formal academic component. Typically, students may take a one-credit course: Interdisciplinary Studies 120: Introduction to a Study Abroad Site (IDS 120) or a relevant 3 credit course. Additionally, students have Orientation, Health and Safety Workshops, as well as pre- and post - departure meetings.

For more information, please contact Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Study Abroad Coordinator, at bgbayaka@ccp.edu.

2019 Study Abroad Destinations and Travel Dates

The $1,426 Study Abroad program fee paid by students covers all transportation, lodging, some meals, and the mandatory 3-credit summer course.  

1st payment: $450 on January 31, 2019. 2nd payment: $400 on February 28, 2019. 3rd payment: $576 for 3-credit course March 2019. Deadline to submit application is Friday, December 7, 2018 through the Scholarship Page.


Travel Dates: May 15 to May 26, 2019

Students will derive tremendous benefits from spending ten days in London, England, to supplement a seven-week summer session, exploring London’s literary heritage, its cultural confluences and its current theatre scene. Students will have the opportunity to visit destinations associated with great writers both in and out of the city, to see where and under what conditions these individuals worked. Also, students will become familiar with British culture by being guided by the faculty chaperones through various museums and historically important sites.  Finally, the students will receive tickets to one or two live theatrical productions in London's West End, and perhaps gain access to actors or directors for Q & A's or backstage tours, so students can fully appreciate how theatre continues to be a living, growing art form.  London is a diverse, cosmopolitan destination and the trip will be led by passionate English professors, Jeffrey Markovitz and Dianna Russell, who themselves have had many experiences in the city.

Learn more at an information session:

  • Oct. 19 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Northeast Regional Center, Room 224
  • Nov. 1 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Bonnell Building, Room B2-26
  • Nov. 7 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Northeast Regional Center, Room 224
  • Nov. 14 | 3-4 p.m. | Bonnell Building, Room B1-27

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 7, 2018.

South Africa

Travel Dates: May 26 to June 10, 2019

Any plans this summer? Why not visit South Africa with Ms. Ilze Nix & Dr. Anyawabile Love and learn more about one of the earliest civilizations in world history. Join them on the streets of Johannesburg and Soweto, the beaches of Cape Town and surrounding False Bay, the bushveld of Pilansberg. While taking HUMANITIES 180 you will focus on South Africa’s vibrant culture, history and people, and reflect upon the intersectionality of race and gender. You will learn as you follow in the footprints of one of the earliest civilizations in world history, the footprints of legendary South Africans like Nelson Mandela, and the day-to-day footprints of the people still living life in the Rainbow nation. Join them for an academic and life changing study abroad experience.

Learn more at an information session:

  • Oct. 22 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Bonnell Building, Room B2-26
  • Nov. 1 | 1-2:30 p.m. | Bonnell Building, Room B2-26
  • Nov. 7 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Northeast Regional Center, Room 124
  • Nov. 14 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Bonnell Building, Room B2-26

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 7, 2018.

Before Applying for Study Abroad

You will be selected for an interview upon the basis of an online scholarship application including on a statement of interest, faculty recommendation and your transcript.

  • Be able to demonstrate why you are interested in visiting that specific site.
  • Learn about the region and go to an information session.
  • For a stronger faculty recommendation, talk to your professor about why the region interests you.

Plan ahead so you have the necessary funds and can meet payment deadlines:

  • Know that the College scholarship covers international airfare, lodging, transportation, BUT it does not cover a program fee YOU PAY of $850, which pays for your travel insurance, many meals, most admission fees, etc. 
  • In March, YOU need to register and pay for a three-credit course with fees this three-credit course costs $576
  • Please begin the process of acquiring a passport, if you do not have one.  Please realize that the passport fee is about $100 and you need a passport photo that costs about $25 at CVS, etc.  We need a copy of the page of your passport or passport application before we can book an airplane ticket in your name.  U.S. Passports last for 10 years, so getting one is a good investment

Application and Payment Information and Deadlines

To be eligible to apply by the end of December 7, 2018 deadline, you must have completed at least 12 credits and be in good academic standing at Community College of Philadelphia, and you must register for Spring 2019 classes at Community College of Philadelphia.

The Selection Committee will begin to review applications and schedule interviews beginning December 7, 2018.

JANUARY 7-18, 2019
Interviews with those Candidates the Selection Committee recommends for further consideration. Students who interview and are accepted for Study Abroad are notified by email or phone call, and are requested to accept the invitation to participate by email.

JANUARY 31, 2019
To hold your place, YOUR first payment of $450 is due to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

FEBRUARY 28, 2019
Second payment of $400 is due to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. If you cannot make the payment by this date, you will forfeit your place in the program.

Two Study Abroad meetings/orientations to review the itinerary, meet one another, and discuss health and safety, and other trip logistics.

Beginning of registration for Summer term: You must register for your academic course.

Please visit your doctor or a clinic to review what shots you need. You should discuss the demands of international travel with your doctor.

Please be aware that you should bring between $200-$300 to cover meals and snacks when you are away from the group, optional activities added to the itinerary, and buying presents, etc.

How to Access the 2018-2019 Scholarship Application

Go to the  and login:

  • Select the Student Tab
  • Scroll down on the left to Scholarships and Awards
  • Click on link and then click on Scholarship Application
  • Scroll down and select blue button to begin the 2018-2019 scholarship application
  • Please be sure to answer the question “Are you interested in Studying Abroad?” by saying YES
  • Also, you MUST complete the Essay Question immediately following.  In your essay, address why you want to go to the destination site.

Please call the Scholarship Office at 215-496-6182 if you have any questions about the scholarship application process.

Study Abroad Resources

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Evolve: Study Abroad Returnee Conference
Gilman Scholarship
Global Philadelphia Association
Global Student Leadership Summit

Featured Student/Alumni

Check out about Study Abroad alumnus, Maxim Belmont, Tanzania 2016, in People of the College #PPLofCCP

Study Abroad Coordinator

Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Assistant Professor of English
Gilman Scholarship Adviser
Please contact me if you have any questions about study abroad opportunities!
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