1. WHY ARE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS OFFERED?
· San Diego City College offers students the opportunity to study in different countries around the world in order to develop global competencies and to increase cultural awareness while making progress towards completion of academic goals.
2. WHY SHOULD I STUDY ABROAD?
- To explore and celebrate another society and culture and develop new understandings of one's own.
- To learn a foreign language in a setting where the study abroad destination is your "language lab"; to enhance existing second language skills.
- To obtain an advantage over other students who have not had international experience when it comes to transferring to a four-year college or university and/or applying for future employment where international and intercultural communication skills are necessary.
- To achieve personal growth, while taking part in a life-changing experience.
- To increase personal self-confidence and self-esteem.
- To become better qualified to take part in world events as a global citizen.
3. WHO SPONSORS THE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS?
· The programs are sponsored by San Diego City College, and/or two different study abroad consortia, and/or other colleges
4. ARE THE CLASSES I TAKE ABROAD TRANSFERABLE? HOW ARE CLASSES WHICH ARE TAUGHT ABROAD CHOSEN?
· Classes are transferable to CSU and/or UC and other private universities and are selected to take advantage of the host country’s history, environment, and culture. Consult with a counselor at your college and/or transfer institution regarding transferability towards specific academic requirements.
5. WHERE ARE CLASSES TAUGHT AND IN WHAT LANGUAGE?
Classes are held at educational institutions in the host country. Except for foreign language classes, classes are taught in English.
6. WHAT ARE THE HOUSING ARRANGEMENTS?
· Housing arrangements include family homestays (typically with two daily meals provided – breakfast and dinner), apartments (no food provided), and/or residence halls (possibly with breakfast provided).
7. HOW DO I PAY FOR STUDYING ABROAD?
· Even though the cost of some of the programs may appear beyond what you can afford today, one must consider what is spent to live in San Diego, including expenses for housing, food, school supplies, transportation, tuition, books and fees, and compare this total to the cost of a summer or semester abroad. Consider, too, the fact that by beginning a savings program now, a study abroad opportunity may be within your reach in the near future.
Refer to the study abroad website homepage for information regarding scholarships, financial aid, and click on the “resources” link for more such information.
8. WHAT TYPE OF STUDENT STUDIES ABROAD?
· Most students would love to have the opportunity to study in another country, but suspect that only "rich kids" or those who are already fluent in a foreign language are able to do so. Community college study programs are specifically geared to be inclusive for everyone and everything possible is done to keep the program affordable. We encourage all students to investigate how a summer or semester-length study abroad opportunity might fit into their academic career, including:
- Students of all ages: Past participants have ranged in age from 16 to 88.
- Students of all ethnicities, orientations and religious affiliations.
- Students receiving Financial Aid
- Married students (unfortunately children cannot accompany their parent(s) abroad)
- Students with no or minimal knowledge of the host country's language.
- The general public is welcome to participate in summer study abroad programs and, on a space available basis, on semester-length programs.