When is the best time to attend a CCA summer study-abroad course?
Undergraduates have two opportunities: between their sophomore and junior year or between their junior and senior year.
Some students attend a summer study-abroad course both summers. Some students attend two courses in one summer. On occasion, students with just a few credits left to graduate register in a summer study-abroad course. (Note: Students who are completing their degree requirements in the summer may not be eligible for the full Stafford loan amounts.)
Graduate students enroll in CCA study-abroad courses during the summer(s) between their program of study.
Why doesn't CCA provide scholarship assistance for summer study-abroad courses?
We essentially do provide scholarship assistance; it's built into the program fee. In addition to tuition for 3 credits, the program fee covers the cost of all your housing while abroad, local transportation while abroad (this varies from course to course but may include bus, van, train, internal flights), and museum entrance fees. A few programs include some meals. CCA subsidizes the cost of the summer study-abroad programs because we feel strongly that these are important educational experiences and wish to help make it possible for students to attend.
Can I take out a loan to pay for all or part of a summer study-abroad course?
Yes, many students do. Please note the FAFSA must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, by Monday, February 18, 2013, and the summer aid application for study-abroad courses must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Monday, February 25, 2013. If you miss these deadlines, submit your materials as soon as possible; the sooner you do so, the sooner you will receive award notification.
Why do some summer study-abroad programs cost more than others?
The fee for summer study-abroad and off-campus programs vary a bit, reflecting the fact that some programs have higher costs than others.
For summer 2013:
New Mexico, Texas: $4,450
Both Berlin courses, China, France, Italy, Mexico: $4,650
Argentina/Chile, Japan: $4,750
The New York Studio is the same tuition as for the fall/spring 2012 academic year.
If I am an Architecture student interested in attending Berlin_Formations of Urban Space, can I also take Berlin: Past & Present, even though the last week of the Berlin Architecture course, held on the SF campus, overlaps.
Yes, but special arrangements to complete the summer architecture studio work will need to be made in advance. Please contact Steinmuller and Falliers for approval prior to registering for both summer Berlin courses.
Berlin: Past/Present with instructor Karen Fiss is open to students from all disciplines/majors and satisfies either a Visual Studies requirement, an H&S elective, or possibly a Diversity Studies Seminar (pending approval).
Berlin_Formations of Urban Space with instructors Christopher Falliers and Antje Steinmuller is strictly for Architecture majors and satisfies 3 units equivalent to half of an Advanced Architecture Studio or one 3 unit Architecture or Studio Elective.
Why isn't the round-trip airline ticket to the program's destination included in the price? Why doesn't everyone fly there and back together?
CCA summer study-abroad courses are held at different times during the summer. Many students go home at the end of the spring semester, and it makes sense for them to fly abroad from their "home" city.
Also, many students choose to arrive early or stay later, spending additional time abroad. By not requiring a particular location and flight, students have full flexibility for making arrangements that meet their individual needs.
When can I buy my airline ticket?
As soon as 8 students have registered in a summer study-abroad course, those students are given the go ahead to purchase their airline ticket by CCA's Office of Special Programs. This is one of the reasons why we encourage students to register as soon as possible once summer study-abroad registration begins (March 1). Typically, the sooner you purchase your airline ticket, the more affordable the fare.
Can my wife/husband or girlfriend/boyfriend come along?
No. If you wish to spend time with someone while abroad, you should make arrangements to do so before or after the course.
Does CCA offer the same courses abroad every summer?
Some courses have been offered every summer for a number of years—namely Italy and Mexico (Oaxaca). A few courses are offered every other summer such as Argentina (Architecture). A few new courses are introduced each year.