The following are answers to commonly asked questions about CCA summer study-abroad.

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

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, Aix-en-Provence, 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.)

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 a summer study-abroad course?

Yes, many students do. However, most loans will require that you be enrolled in a minimum of six units for the summer. With various summer session courses starting in June, July, and August, you should be able to find another three-unit course to fulfill this requirement.

Please note the FAFSA must be submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, by Monday, February 8, 2016, and the summer aid application for study-abroad courses must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office by Monday, February 15, 2016.

It is extremely important to meet these deadlines if you want to be able to register for a program when summer study abroad registration begins, February 22.

If you miss these deadlines, however, submit your materials as soon as possible; the sooner you do so, the sooner you will receive award notification and be able to register.

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 summer study-abroad registration begins (February 22).

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.