Study Abroad: Summer Programs

Summer offers a rewarding opportunity to get a taste of living abroad while learning about a new culture or enhancing foreign language skills. If you are considering summer study abroad, it is important to think about what you would like to gain from your experience.

What are your goals? Do you want to focus on language acquisition while immersed in a non-English speaking program? Are you interested in area studies courses in a foreign culture? Is there a particular topic you would like to explore while living outside your customary environment?

Location, Length, Academics, and Price:
The location, length, academic focus, and price of summer study abroad programs are broad, and the choices may be daunting. The Off-Campus Study office can guide you in the right direction, including selecting safe destinations. We encourage you to research the programs with regard to academic quality, reputation, and availability of student feedback, as well as dates, number of students in the program, and safety measures in case of an accident or emergency. Program Fees and what options are included in this fee is also an important consideration as Financial Aid may only be available for certain Faculty-led Programs. Does the program fee include airfare? Airport pick up? Some meals? All meals? Any meals? Housing for some or the entire length of the program? Excursions? International Health Insurance? The iNext Card? Visa fees?

If you would like to receive transferable credit for your summer study abroad, make certain to contact CMC's Office of the Registrar before you finalize your plans. Students are eligible for credit for study abroad during the summer only if both the program and the courses are approved in advanced by the CMC Registrar. Approval by department chairs or faculty does not guarantee credit for summer study abroad.

In some cases, the Registrar cannot guarantee transfer credit for summer study abroad programs in advance due to insufficient information and the vast number of summer study abroad programs available.  In that case, the final determination may need to be made by the Academic Standards Committee upon review of materials provided by the student. Summer study abroad program sites that have been reviewed and approved for semester study by the Off-Campus Study Committee will receive favorable consideration. No credit will be granted for programs reviewed but not approved by the Off-Campus Study Committee or for programs reviewed but not recommended for approval by the Director of Off-Campus Study.

Program providers with language, area studies, or academic content that CMC students have used in the past include: