Study Abroad

Study Abroad with Central Piedmont

Travel internationally while earning academic credit. Central Piedmont offers multiple short-term study abroad programs each year, led by a Central Piedmont faculty member during spring break or summer.

On a study abroad program, you will travel with Central Piedmont faculty for one to three weeks and earn typically three hours of academic or continuing education credit. Courses and destinations offered change each year; our students have traveled to over 20 countries around the world.

Your first step is to learn which study abroad programs are available, and see which dates, prices, and course credits will fit with your schedule and academic need. If interested in learning more about global learning and study abroad at Central Piedmont, contact the Center for Global Learning or complete our interest card.

Why Study Abroad?

International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education. By studying abroad, participants gain cultural sensitivity, foreign language skills, and a global perspective. This translates to competitiveness in the job market, as employers are increasingly looking for workers who have international skills and experience. Research shows that globally competent students have a diverse and knowledgeable worldview, comprehend the international dimensions of their major field of study, communicate effectively in another language and/or cross-culturally, exhibit cross-cultural sensitivity and adaptability, and continue global learning throughout life.

Study Abroad Destinations and Programs

Due to COVID-19, Central Piedmont will not run spring or summer 2021 study abroad programs. 2022 study abroad programs will include the British Isles, Costa Rica, Greece, and South Africa. Be sure to check back on our website for future programming.

Don't miss our online South Africa exchange options in spring 2021.

Go Abroad Virtually in 2021

Have you ever wished you could travel to Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, and Switzerland? As a response to the pandemic and limited opportunities for international travel, the Central Piedmont Global Learning office is excited to offer you the opportunity to study abroad virtually through the Study Abroad Association 360 virtual study abroad. With this new virtual travel tool, you can take all sorts of virtual tours around the world: take a virtual city tour of Venice, discover ancient Rome, tour the Alps, visit the Costa Rican rainforest, or see the bustling streets of India. This platform has something for every academic program.

To access this user-friendly platform at any time, go to the Study Abroad Association 360 virtual study abroad site and sign up with your Central Piedmont student email. Once you've set up your account, you can search by keywords to find items of interest, or just enjoy traveling to wherever the the world takes you.

Email questions to global.learning@cpcc.edu.

Take a Virtual Tour of the World

Study Abroad Association 360 virtual study abroad

Learn More About the 360 Virtual Study Abroad

  • Past Study Abroad Destinations

    Past study abroad destinations include:

    • Belize
    • Cambodia
    • Costa Rica
    • Ecuador
    • France
    • Germany
    • Greece
    • Guatemala
    • Ireland
    • Italy
    • Peru
    • Tanzania
    • Thailand
    • The UK
    • Vietnam
  • External Study Abroad Programs and Fellowships

    Interested students can pursue external programs through independent study. Contact the Center for Global Learning to learn how.

    • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX): CBYX provides students and recent graduates the opportunity to live, study, and intern in Germany on a full-year, funded fellowship.  CBYX is sponsored by the US and German governments for applicants in all career fields between the ages of 18-24, and does not require any prior German language knowledge.  Applicants in business, vocational, technical, engineering, scientific, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply.
    • U.S. State Department Exchanges: Use the U.S. State Department tool to find programs on cultural, research, teaching, business development, and musical and artistic exchanges.