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Global Studies Summit

June 7 to June 30, 2021

Community College of Philadelphia is excited to host our first virtual monthlong Global Studies Summit. All events are student-centered and open to the College community as well as the greater public. We have an amazing lineup of speakers who will explore the theme of global social justice. Events will also highlight opportunities provided through the College’s study abroad program.

Learn more and attend the Global Studies Summit


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. 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

Past Study Abroad Destinations and Travel Dates

Future study abroad trips will be announced when the College resumes its Study Abroad program.

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Costa Rica

Travel Dates: May 19 to May 28, 2020

Program Fee: $750

Join professor Nancy Carr and professor J. Barry Johnson for eight exciting days in San Jose, Costa Rica. The words “Costa Rica” translate to mean “Rich Coast” which is an apt description of a country that is home to vibrant rainforest, active volcanoes, and more than 500,000 species, making it one of the most biodiverse country’s in the world.  The required summer course is BUSL 195: Experiential Learning in Business or Technology. Outside the academic coursework, students will visit National Technical University (UTN),  CoopeVictoria, the largest and oldest cooperative in Central America, talk with the local mayor, visit the Central Market, have a beach trip and much more.

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 6, 2019.

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South Africa

Travel Dates: May 10 to May 25, 2020

Program Fee: $850

Why not visit South Africa next summer with Dr. Anyabwile Love & Prof. Ilze Nix on the streets of Johannesburg & Soweto, the beaches of Cape Town & surrounding False Bay, & the bushveld of Pilansberg. The required Intro to African Culture & Civilization course (Hum 180) will focus on South Africa’s vibrant culture, history and people. We will consider the origins of their civilization. The history of their literature and the narratives of its indigenous people will be connected to the contemporary events. The remnants of slavery and apartheid will be wed to present social and political movements... all to prepare us for our trip where we will explore the footprints of one of the earliest civilizations in world history; legendary South Africans like Nelson & Winnie Mandela; the students of the Soweto Uprising; and the day-to-day lives of people still living in the ‘Rainbow Nation’.

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 6, 2019.

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Travel Dates: June 5 to June 18, 2020

Program Fee: $850

An exciting study-abroad experience will be available to Community College of Philadelphia students this summer – a study tour of Cambodia, in Southeast Asia. The “Cambodia and the Human Condition” 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 magnificent Royal Palace, National Museum of Cambodia, Tuol Sleng genocide museum and Killing Fields, and the Mekong River. Students will also travel to the famed temples of Angkor Wat and Battambang to gain first-hand knowledge of day-to-day life at a rural factory-farm, silk factory, floating village, and orphanage.  Professors Daravann Yi, Counseling, and Linda Fellag, English, will lead the trip, tentatively scheduled for June 7-18, 2019.  Exact travel dates are tentative until flights are booked.

Applications must be submitted online by logging into MyCCP Portal. The application is due on December 6, 2019.


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.
  • You must be able to demonstrate why you are interested in visiting that specific site.
  • You will 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 6, 2019 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 2020 classes at Community College of Philadelphia.

The Selection Committee will begin to review applications and schedule interviews beginning December 6, 2019.

JANUARY 6-17, 2020
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, 2020
To hold your place, YOUR first payment of $450 is due to be paid to the Bursar’s Office.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020
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 2019-2020 Scholarship Application

Go to the  and login:

  • Select the Student Tab
  • Scroll down on the left and click on Scholarships and Awards
  • Then, click on Scholarship Application
  • Scroll down and select one of thde two study abroad trips to complete the 2019-2020 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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