FAQs

What is study abroad?

Study abroad is when you take a class or classes outside of your own country. CPCC offers multiple short-term programs each year, led by a CPCC faculty member. The programs are usually between one and four weeks in length, and students earn three academic credits. CPCC does not offer semester-long study abroad.

Who can study abroad?

Any current student, alumni, or person who registers for a specific study abroad course and pays all applicable fees is eligible to study abroad. Students may be full-time, part-time, or enrolled in continuing education. All study abroad participants must be 18 years of age at the time of travel.

I know that I want to go abroad, but I don’t know which program is right for me.

Choosing the right program can be a difficult decision. You may want to ask yourself some questions. 1) Where do I want to go? 2) How long do I want to go for? 3) What subject(s) do I want to study? For more information or advice, visit the Global Learning Office, 303 Overcash, Central Campus.

What subjects can I study while abroad?

CPCC offers programs in a wide range of disciplines including business, education, English, foreign languages, health sciences, and history. Most study abroad do not require you to be in a particular program of study, however, you should be interested in the subject being taught. For example, you can travel on a business program to Brazil without being a business major. All study abroad programs can be taken for Humanities credit. Contact the GLO for more details.

Do I have to know a foreign language?

While knowing a foreign language opens up more possibilities and will certainly make a student’s time out of the classroom less challenging, not knowing another language should not prevent a student from studying abroad.

Can I volunteer, or do service learning abroad?

Yes, CPCC offers several opportunities to volunteer or do service abroad. Visit the Study Abroad Desinations page to see current offerings.

Where can I study abroad?

Destinations change each year, however CPCC students have traveled to over 20 countries around the world. Visit the Study Abroad Destinations page to see current offerings.

If I am not accepted will my $100 application fee be refunded?

Yes. The deposit is refunded back to your student account if you are not selected to study abroad.

What are my chances of being accepted?

Acceptance rates are high for students in good academic standing. However, some programs fill quickly so students are encouraged to apply early.

When will I find out if I'm accepted?

Students are notified if they are accepted within 30 business days of submitting their application. If 30 days have passed and you have been notified, please contact the GLO at global.learning@cpcc.edu or 704-330-6167.

What is the Study Abroad cancellation policy?

The $100 registration fee and the International travel insurance fee are non-refundable. Airfare is non-refundable/non-transferable once purchased. For a fee, tickets can usually be used towards other travel based on individual airline policy. Refunds for other programs fees will be on a case by case basis, and are time sensitive. The likelihood of receiving a refund within 60 days of departure is unlikely. CPCC course refunds are made according to CPCC regular policy.

How do I apply for a passport?

If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to follow the detailed steps on Department of State website. You have to apply in person for a new passport. There are only a few facilities in the Charlotte area to submit the completed documents. Locations are found here.

If you are renewing a passport, you can follow the detailed steps found at here.

I’m a CPCC Faculty Member. How do I get to take students abroad?

See Faculty Forms and Proposals on the Study Abroad section of the site.

I still have more questions. Where do I go for help?

Contact the Global Learning Office today!