- GCC offers standard-duration and short-duration programs during the winter and summer breaks.
- Standard-duration programs are approximately 3-4 weeks long.
- Short-duration programs are approximately 1-2 weeks long.
- GCC does not currently offer semester length study abroad programs.
Program destinations are determined through proposals submitted by professors and can vary. Programs with a successful track record may be offered every year or two but we also value diversity in destination offerings.
Please visit the “Study Abroad homepage” to view the current programs offered.
GCC has offered programs in a variety of countries including Bali (Indonesia), Italy, Greece, Spain, New Zealand, Australia, Czech Republic, Ireland, England, Fiji, France, Armenia, Tahiti, Argentina, Japan, Ghana, and Austria.
The price of programs are dependent on the location, length, season and other variables. Price is always kept in mind when creating the various programs. Our goal is to offer programs that are designed to be affordable to GCC students.
The standard-duration programs can range from $2,250 to just under $3,000.
Short-duration programs are approximately $1,250 – depending on duration and location.
NOT INCLUDED: International airfare, GCC tuition and fees, textbooks, most meals, travel insurance, entry to sites not included in itinerary, and personal spending money. Some exceptions apply and we encourage you to always check the program you are interested in to see what is included in the program.
Yes. At GCC there is the Study Abroad Scholarship and Jo Rae McCuen Scholarship for students participating or planning to study abroad. Award amounts can vary and we highly recommend students to apply for scholarships as soon as possible.
Applications for study abroad scholarships are available in spring for summer programs.
In addition to what GCC could offer, there are several other resources that you can apply for scholarships including the Gilman Scholarship for those receiving a Pell Grant.
Please visit the Financial Aid/Scholarship page for more links and descriptions.
First thing to consider is if you want to go on a regular (3-4 week) or shorter (1-2 week) program and which is more suitable for you. Shorter programs can be helpful if you have not traveled before or left your family for longer periods of time.
In addition to reading the information about the program, you can set up a time to speak with the Study Abroad director to discuss more detailed information such as the curriculum, excursions, what it’s like to study/live abroad, and more.
It is also recommended that you speak with your academic advisor to make sure the classes offered fit your academic plans.
Lastly, choose a program destination that appeals to you and sparks your interest!
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There can be lots of questions and we encourage you to ask them. For tips on what questions to ask, click here.
- Students are required to complete a formal application. The application includes a character reference, an academic reference and personal information. Click here to review the application form.
- Complete applications with the required deposits are reviewed for acceptance on a first-come, first-served basis.
- After the application has been submitted, a meeting is held with the Study Abroad Director to go over the program and answer any questions.
- Students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and no history of disciplinary action at GCC or any other campus. Exceptions may be granted by the Study Abroad Director.
- Students will be notified promptly in writing should they not be accepted into a program.
- Program participants will be required to sign the forms “General Release of Liability” and “Assumption of Risk for Participation in Voluntary Activity.”
- Most participants will be 18 years or older. Accommodations can be made for those under 18 with parental permission and recommendation from a counselor.
- Students do not need to have a declared major in the classes they are taking abroad and there are no language prerequisites for the programs unless a specific course has its own requirement.
Our regular study abroad programs usually include coursework that is UC/CSU transferable. It is always best to check with your academic counselor for any exceptions. Some programs may have courses that are only CSU transferable.
PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR ACADEMIC COUNSELOR.
The Study Abroad Program does not discriminate against students with physical and/or learning disabilities.
If special accommodations are required for participation in the program, a determination of which services are required and their availability abroad must be made in consultation between student, Faculty Director, Study Abroad Director and DSPS staff.
In general, the College will attempt to coordinate services if available through a travel contractor. The program does not provide funding for services that it does not provide for students on campus. This includes living assistance, transportation between school and home, and mobility assistance on field trips.
When you study abroad, you gain skills - skills that are extremely applicable to many professional positions that may interest you in the future (Don't believe it? Here's a whole list of skills). Not only will you gain skills but some courses may be directly related to your future career and international experience looks fantastic on a resume.
Choose which program you want to apply for, fill out the application and turn it into the Study Abroad office along with your deposit. We will review the application and be in contact.
Come talk to us with any questions you may have!