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Study Abroad FAQ

For Students

  • What are the requirements to study abroad?

    Students must be 18 years of age or older by the study abroad program start date, enrolled as an HCC student (credit or continuing education), and be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the College.

  • Where can I study abroad?

    HCC has study abroad programs in six different countries, not including the U.S. However, students are not limited to HCC programs. Students can participate in an independent study through the Schulte Grant in their country of choice as well as work with program providers or local universities to study abroad.

  • When am I allowed to study abroad?

    Students can study abroad at any time as long as they are enrolled in an academic course at HCC!

  • What is Study Abroad 101?

    Interested study abroad participants must attend a Study Abroad 101 session which is held six times per semester. These sessions give students general information about study abroad and the procedure to apply for an HCC study abroad course. If students are unable to attend a study abroad session, they may view the Study Abroad 101 Webinar in place of the Study Abroad 101 session. The webinar can be viewed on the International Education website.

  • How much does it cost to study abroad?

    Students studying for credit will pay for four credits of tuition (one-credit SABR course and the three-credit academic course) and the study abroad program fee. The study abroad program fee includes the flight, in-country transportation, some meals, and site visits. If a student opts to not take the course for credit they will only be required to pay the study abroad program fee.

  • How do I apply to study abroad?

    In order to apply for a study abroad program, students must attend a Study Abroad 101 session or participate in a general information webinar. Once this has been completed, students can pick up their study abroad application at the International Education Office. The $500 non-refundable deposit must submitted along with the study abroad application. If a student needs assistance with their application, they may arrange an appointment with the International Education Program Coordinator.

  • What courses can I take while abroad? What credits will I receive?

    All study abroad participants planning on studying abroad for credit must enroll in the one-credit SABR course and the three credit academic course attached to the program.

  • Who arranges my airfare?

    The International Education Office typically arranges airfare.

  • Is there a limit to the number of times I can study abroad?

    No! However, it is recommended that you meet regularly with your academic advisor.

 

For Parents

  • What is study abroad?

    Studying abroad is a unique and life-changing experience that will help your student grow academically and personally while preparing them for their professional future in a global community.

    Howard Community College provides opportunities for students to study in a different country while taking an academic course taught by an HCC faculty member. All of our programs are taught in English. We strive to connect each student with a program that best fits their needs with regards to academics, finance, and their desired location of study.

  • How can my student pay for study abroad?

    The International Education Office at HCC takes pride in the fact many of its students receive HCC study abroad scholarships. HCC also helps students apply for external study abroad scholarships such as the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Boren Scholarship, Critical Language Scholarship, and Fund for Education Abroad.

  • What are the benefits of study abroad?
    • Increased maturity, self-confidence, and independence  
    • Acquisition of a foreign language
    • Enhanced resume
    • Stronger communication skills
    • A broadened perspective of different cultures and values
    • A global network of friends and connections
  • Will my student receive academic credit?

    Yes, students can take courses for academic credit. It is important for all participants enrolled in a study abroad course to know that they are expected to attend classes and meet all course requirements.

 
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