The following are answers to commonly asked questions about CCA's Summer Study Abroad program.

When is the best time to attend a study abroad course at CCA?

Undergraduates generally have two opportunities: between their sophomore and junior year and between their junior and senior year. This summer, we are also offering one program to Rome, which is open to all students, including those between their freshman and sophomore year.

Some students attend a study-abroad program multiple 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 program.

(Note: Students who are completing their degree requirements in the summer may not be eligible for the full Stafford loan amounts. All summer students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in order to receive a student loan. )

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 is 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 the course?

Yes, many students do. However, most loans will require that you be enrolled in a minimum of six units at CCA for the summer. With three on-campus summer sessions, you should be able to find another three-unit course to fulfill this requirement.

Summer sessions offered: two six-week sessions / May 21–June 28 and July 9–August 17; one three-week session / July 30–August 17.

Please note the FAFSA must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education as soon as possible, please refer to the Financial Aid summer study-abroad information.

Is it possible to take a CCA Summer Study Abroad program and a CCA on-campus course during summer 2018 and earn a total of 6 college credits?

Yes, it is possible to enroll in a CCA summer study-abroad program and an on-campus course as long as the dates of the abroad program and on-campus course do not overlap.

may be paired with on-campus courses in our 6-week session / May 21–June 28, or the 3-week intensive session / July 30-August 17

European Design Capitals
Mexico City

may be paired with on-campus courses in our 6-week session / July 9-August 17, or the 3-week intensive session / July 30-August 17

Is it possible to take two CCA Summer Study Abroad programs during summer 2018 and earn a total of 6 college credits?

Yes, it is possible to enroll in two summer study-abroad programs as long as the program dates do not overlap and you are approved by both instructors to register for their course.

Early Summer
Berlin / May 24-June 12 (+ on-campus 5/7-10)
Brooklyn / June 11-July 2
European Design Capitals / May 21–June 11
Iceland / May 16–June 6
India / June 4-22
Japan / May 23–June 7 (+ on-campus: 5/16, 6/30, 7/28, & 8/18)
Mexico City / May 21-June 8 (+ on-campus: 5/16 & 18)
Oaxaca / June 11-30

Mid Summer
Milan / July 2-20

Are there any CCA online courses I could take in addition to study-abroad to earn a total of 6 college credits?

Two online courses are scheduled this summer from June 18–August 9:
Intro to Modern Arts
Writing 2

Any study abroad program that ends before June 18 may be taken with an online course.

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.

How can I gain some familiarity ahead of time with the spoken language of the country I will be visiting?

The CCA Libraries provide free language training (in any of 80 languages!) to students through the online program, Pronunciator. Sign up using your cca email address.

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 in-person summer study-abroad registration begins on Wednesday, February 21.

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 offerings are repeated from year to year; however, new programs are introduced each summer as well.

Which programs fulfill the UDIST requirement?

The following programs fulfill the 3-credit UDIST requirement:

Which programs fulfill a Diversity Studies requirement?

The following programs fulfill the 3-credit Diversity Studies Studio requirement:
Japan (pending approval)
Mexico City

The India program also fulfills the 3-credit Diversity Studies Seminar requirement.

If enrolling in the India program for diversity studies credit, you would need to choose to take the program for EITHER diversity studies studio credit OR diversity studies seminar credit at time of registration.


Are there any programs that fulfill Visual Studies requirements?

The European Design Capitals and India programs fulfill a 200-level Visual Studies requirement.

The Milan program fulfills a 300-level Visual Studies requirement.