Frequently Asked Questions
More about Study Abroad programs at Colorado Mountain College
At the most personal level, students return from studying abroad with an increased self-confidence, self-awareness, maturity, tolerance, and understanding of their place in the world. The comment we hear most often from returned students is that they have gained an entirely new perspective of who they are, how others see them, and how they see the world.
Students who have studied abroad have a distinct advantage academically and in the job market. So, whether you are headed for graduate school or a professional job, you will stand out among the applicants. Having international experience shows graduate school admissions staff and potential employers that you have the skills to interact with people from other cultures and that you are independent, flexible, and adaptable. It also indicates that you have an understanding of world affairs and that you have gained the ability to view situations from multiple perspectives. Beyond the general benefits, study abroad may allow you to obtain direct experience relating to your major and the type of job you will be seeking.
Talk to your CMC counselor about how study abroad credits fit with your academic plan. Other benefits obtained from spending a semester or year abroad may include:
- Becoming an experienced world traveler
- Establishing life-long friendships with people from all over the world
- Learning a foreign language or becoming fluent in one
- Becoming immersed in another culture and feeling comfortable with it
- Improving your interpersonal skills
There are a number of programs available to CMC students. If you receive state or federal financial aid, you can use it for all study abroad programs approved by the Office of International Programs. CMC institutional scholarships may be applied to study abroad programs.
Many of your degree requirements can be taken abroad. There is absolutely no reason why you would have to add more semesters to obtain your degree just because you want to study abroad. Once you begin planning your study abroad experience, you will work with your academic adviser on choosing the courses you will take overseas and how those will transfer to CMC.
Absolutely! You have the choice of studying abroad in an English-speaking country or a foreign language speaking country. There are many programs that offer beginning, intermediate, and advanced language training.
Yes! Most programs require a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better. There are some programs that will accept a lower GPA.
Independent studies, volunteer work and teaching opportunities are also possibilities. The time commitment varies according to the program and/or your own requirements.
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Related Sites and Travel Information
An essential element of the Study Abroad experience is the proper planning and research. Below is a list of sites which may help you plan your trip.
General Study Abroad Links:
TransitionsAbroad.com – On-line work and study abroad information
GoAbroad.com – Resources for studying, interning, working, traveling abroad
Lonely Planet Online – An all-around helpful website for travel information
Study Abroad Search Engine – Searchable database and information on study abroad programs
Council on International Educational Exchange – Information on travel and exchange/study abroad
General Information Links:
NAFSA – Association of International Educators
CIEE – Council on International Educational Exchange
OANDA.com – Currency Exchange Rates
Centers for Disease Control
Embassy and Consulate Information:
U.S. Department of State Background Notes
Resources for U.S. Citizens:
U.S. Department of State – General information useful for all international travelers