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. Be sure to check back on our website for future programming.

Choosing the right study abroad 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) Which subject(s) do I want to study? For more information or advice, you can always contact the Center for Global Learning.

  • 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.

Study Abroad Scholarships and Funding

Studying abroad is an investment in your future. It requires planning, creativity, perseverance, and commitment, but the rewards will last a lifetime! We have provided some study abroad funding tips and resources, but don’t forget to search the internet to see if other scholarships exist that are applicable to your background, focus of study, or destination country.

  • Top Tips to Help With Study Abroad Cost

    • Start early! By researching your options early, you are in the best position to find financial aid for studying abroad. You will discover that most scholarships require that you apply up to a year in advance of your departure date. It is never too early to start searching.
    • Carefully review the program costs. Make sure you understand what is included and what additional costs you might encounter in country.
    • Get creative. Think of ways that you can actively fundraise, seek assistance, or save to meet your goal.
    • Set priorities. Try to save each month and set it aside specifically for study abroad. Consider working longer hours or getting a part-time job for additional funds towards study abroad.  Postpone the purchase of that big ticket item you were considering and use funds for your study abroad program instead.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask. Family and friends may be very willing to contribute to your study abroad fund. For upcoming birthdays and holidays, think about asking for experiences instead of things.
  • Scholarships for Central Piedmont Programs

    To be eligible for scholarships, you must be a Central Piedmont student. However, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to participate on any study abroad program. Please note that while you may apply to all scholarships that you are eligible for, each student may only receive ONE Central Piedmont-sponsored study abroad scholarship. Scholarships you obtain from any other outside sources may be applied in coordination with our Central Piedmont scholarships.

    • France - The Boye French Immersion Scholarship provides a recipient with up to $800 for a Central Piedmont program to a French-speaking country. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have completed in a Central Piedmont French course. Boye French Immersion Scholarship applications (PDF) are due by December 15.
    • Global Learning Scholarship - The Center for Global Learning provides scholarships for use on any Central Piedmont program. Apply as soon as possible. Global Learning Scholarship applications and recommendations (PDF) are due December 15; email your scholarship application statement of purpose (prompt at the end of the application) to the Center for Global Learning. Applications will be reviewed and top candidates will be contacted for interviews. The criteria for selection are as follows:
      • Central Piedmont student
      • ability to demonstrate in interview how this program will impact them personally and professionally
      • demonstrated financial need
  • Financial Aid and Veterans Benefits

    Students who currently receive financial aid and participate in a Central Piedmont Study Abroad option may be eligible to receive financial assistance for their academic credits.

    Students who plan to study abroad should apply for financial aid in the same manner as students who will be on campus. Financial aid is not available for travel and lodging expenses, additional course fees abroad, etc. Partial scholarships for these expenses may be available through the Study Abroad office. Alternative/private loans may be a possible funding source in covering the expenses associated with study abroad programs. For student who have served, some VA benefits might be applicable.

    Interested students should go to the Financial Aid and Veterans' Affairs office for more information on alternative/private loans to use toward study abroad.

  • External Scholarships

    Central Piedmont's Center for Global Learning will support your application to any of the following scholarships for which you are qualified:

    • The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides study abroad scholarships for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide
    • Diversity Abroad Scholarships give access to exclusive study abroad scholarships and grants; minority, low income and first generation students are encouraged to apply
    • EF Beyond the Classroom Scholarships are available to students enrolled on an EF College Study Tour Program at Central Piedmont
    • Search the comprehensive Study Abroad Scholarships listing to see if any scholarships are applicable to you

Student Policies, Forms, and Pre-Departure Information

  • Study Abroad Technical Standards

    Technical standards are those physical, personal skills, and attributes the Center for Global Learning expects all students to acquire and display as part of their participation in a study abroad program.


    • gathering of accurate information
    • integration and synthesis of information from multiple observations and/or modalities
    • doing the above in an uncontrolled, unfamiliar environment where English is not the primary language while moving from place to place using various forms of transport


    • efficient, effective, accurate and timely communication using a range of communication media as appropriate to the purpose and audience, for example in-person meetings, telephone, letters/memos, email, web-conferencing, text messaging
    • use of communication and sensory skills to convey and elicit information
    • use of communication and sensory skills to facilitate decision making
    • use of communication and sensory skills to report personal problems and challenges
    • accurate perception of nonverbal information and cues in interpersonal and cross-cultural encounters
    • ability to do the above while in an uncontrolled, unfamiliar environment where English is not the primary language

    Motor/Physical Skills

    • sufficient motor function / physical strength and skills to execute physical functions and actions pertinent to the program including, but not limited to, extended periods of walking or hiking, carrying own belongings for extended periods of time, climbing stairs, participating in activities outside with humidity and high temperatures for extended periods of time, long periods of travel on various modes of transport, navigating through crowds
    • fine and gross motor skills may be required along with functional use of the senses of touch and vision

    Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities

    • ability to undertake effective research to build on personal experience and inform decision making
    • ability to synthesize complex information
    • ability to exercise sound judgment with the benefit of this information and knowledge / skills​
    • ability to understand criticism and directions
    • accurately follow course syllabi, assignment directions and any actions plan(s) developed by deans, faculty, administrators, staff, or college partners

    Behavioral, Social and Personal Attributes

    • emotional health and maturity
    • ability to establish rapport with faculty, staff, students, college partners, and global community members
    • give prompt attention to and complete all responsibilities attendant to the program
    • ability to nurture mature, sensitive, and effective relationships
    • possess conflict resolution skills and ability to negotiate conflicting attitudes and opinions while maintaining standards of courtesy and professionalism required by code of student conduct
    • compassion, integrity, interpersonal skills, interest, and motivation​
    • ability to work cooperatively and with honesty and integrity with peers, faculty, and college partners​
    • ability to integrate constructive criticism received in all learning settings while maintaining standards of courtesy and professionalism required by code of student conduct
    • correctly judge the limits of one's own competence and seek help in timely manner from an appropriate source
    • seek and effectively use help for medical and emotional problems that interfere with scholastic performance or program participation
    • show respect for all college personnel, as well as peers, college partners, and global community members
    • be free of the influence of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages for the duration of the program and when engaged in any program encounters
    • deal with life stressors through the use of appropriate coping mechanisms
    • handle stress effectively by using appropriate self-care and by developing supportive relationships with colleagues, peers, and others
    • demonstrate appropriate personal hygiene habits
    • dress appropriately and in a manner befitting the student’s representation of the college while also following the cultural norms and expectations of the program country
    • behave and act appropriately and in a manner befitting the student’s representation of the college while also following the local cultural norms and expectations of the destination country
    • possess maturity, self-discipline, and sound judgment


    • ability to adapt with courtesy and respect to unexpected situations in the immediate, short, medium, and long term
    • flexibility and the ability to function confidently, competently, and courteously in the face of uncertainties, including but not limited to changes in schedule, changes in itinerary, delays, living in close proximity with other program participants, unfamiliar foods, structured group activities, traveling in a group, waiting for group members, cross-cultural environment, being unable to speak the local language, unfamiliar local customs, inclement weather, jet lag
    • show flexibility by being open to learning about new ideas, meeting new people, and trying unfamiliar foods
    • be willing and able to modify beliefs and practices in response to program experiences, whether planned or unexpected

    Professional/Program Requirements

    • project an image of professionalism at all times to faculty, peers, college partners, and global community members
    • arrive on time for program commitments, including classes, field experiences, group activities, and meetings
    • be considerate of fellow program participants and reflect on impacts to the group before acting
    • meet deadlines for course assignments and program requirements; a pattern of repeated absences, lateness, and failure to meet deadlines in courses or fieldwork is not acceptable
    • demonstrate good attendance, integrity, honesty, conscientiousness when engaged in any program work or encounters
    • seek assistance and follow supervision in a timely manner
    • accept, respond respectfully to, and immediately act upon reasonable constructive criticism or direction from faculty​ with courtesy and professionalism
    • demonstrate attitudes of integrity, responsibility, and tolerance​
    • demonstrate honesty and integrity by being truthful about background, experiences, and qualifications; doing their own work; giving credit for the ideas of others; and providing proper citation of source materials
    • interact courteously, fairly, and professionally with faculty, peers, college partners, and global community members and in accordance with college policies and the code of student conduct
    • demonstrate the ability to understand the perspectives of others and the ability to separate personal and professional issues
  • Applying for a Passport

    If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you need to follow the detailed passport application steps on the 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 passport documents. If you are renewing a passport, you can follow the detailed steps to renew a passport on the U.S. Department of State website.

  • After Acceptance - Next Steps

    Once you have been accepted into a study abroad program, before you can study abroad you are required to:

    • Review and submit the Student Agreement to Terms and Conditions form (PDF) to the Center for Global Learning.
    • Begin making program payments per the applicable payment schedule using the cashier payment form (PDF).
    • If needed, enroll with the third party provider (e.g. EF College Tours, Explorica).
    • Submit the college’s FERPA form (PDF) to the Center for Global Learning within 30 days of your acceptance.
    • Attend all study abroad meetings for your program and prepare for travel. This includes registering with the U.S. State Department, researching the destination country, and ensuring your passport and visa (if applicable) are prepared and valid.
    • If you have received any scholarship awards from Central Piedmont, submit the Scholarship Student Agreement Form to the Center for Global Learning within 2 weeks of receiving your award.
    • Register for your program's course. All participants must register for either the for-college-credit or continuing education course tied to the study abroad program in the term prior to travel.
    • Attend the mandatory pre-departure meeting for all programs.
    • If you plan to extend your travel and not return with the group back to the U.S., you must submit the Agreement for Extended Travel form to the Center for Global Learning.
  • While Abroad

    • Attend all activities and courses.
    • Notify your faculty leader of any issues/concerns impacting the program.
    • Take photos and videos.
    • Adhere to Central Piedmont Policies, including the Student Code of Conduct. Refer to the student handbook (coming soon) for further guidelines.
  • Upon Return From Abroad

    • Complete all assignments related to the course.
    • Submit your photos and videos to the Center for Global Learning.
    • Complete the Study Abroad evaluation.

Why You Should Study Abroad with Central Piedmont