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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.

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, France, India, Israel, Mexico, Peru, South America and Turkey.

Benefits of the Study Abroad Program

Through studying abroad, 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 Lucia Gbaya-Kanga, Study Abroad coordinator, at bgbayaka@ccp.edu.

2018 Study Abroad Destinations and Travel Dates

Mexico Study Abroad Information and Deadlines

Community College's first trip abroad is to Merida, Mexico, being done over Spring Break. Stanley Walling, associate professor of Social Science (Anthropology/Archeology); Mildred Savard, adjunct instructor for Academic Advising (History and Latin American Studies); and Sandra Gonzalez-Torres, director of Academic Success Initiative, will lead students through rural Mexico, visit the fabulous Maya ruins, interact with today's Maya in urban and rural Mexico, experience the art and music of Merida, and learn about the Spanish-American heritage and current society.

Apply through the Office of Student Life. Applications can be accessed at: https://orgsync.com/89033/files/1345390/show (This is a MS Word document, you will need to save and download the document to either email to David Watters, assistant dean of Students at dwatters@ccp.edu, or print out a hard copy and deliver to S1-10).

Your basic cost is $750. The first payment of $400 is due with your application by the Application Deadline: Dec. 5, 2017. There is no required course for this program.

Japan Study Abroad Information and Deadlines

Community College of Philadelphia is offering a Student International Fellowship Program to Japan in 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about and then travel to the destination to directly experience its culture and contemporary society. Students in will travel with a team of experienced Community College of Philadelphia faculty. Final travel dates may change slightly due to airfare availability and other considerations. Learn more about the one-credit course, travel, costs and the application procedure.

MAY 20 – JUNE 3, 2018 (These are tentative dates, and are subject to change until the flights are booked.)

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 18, 2017.

David Prejsnar, professor of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Akiko Mori, professor of Foreign Languages, will lead students through the ancient Japanese capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and the modern cities of Osaka and Hiroshima, site of the first use of the atomic bomb. Concentrating on the theme, "Memories and Traditions in Ancient & Modern Japan," we will visit beautiful historical and cultural sites in Kyoto such as the Nijō Castle, and the temples and gardens of Ryōanji. We will also experience how other cultures have influenced Japan through food, art, theatre and music performances, and will visit a Japanese comic book (manga.) museum. The group will also travel to the breath-taking Buddhist holy mountain of Mt. Koya, stay in a Buddhist temple-inn, and join in meditation practice.  In Hiroshima, we will explore Japan’s situation in the modern world and Japanese pop culture, visiting the Hiroshima Peace Museum and Park, and possibly meeting survivors of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima.   

More information about the Japan Study Abroad Program


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.

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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