Frequently Asked Questions
More about Study Abroad programs at Colorado Mountain College
The Spanish immersion trip changed my life. I gained an immeasurable amount of confidence in using the Spanish language and a whole new outlook on life. Since going on the trip, I have found the confidence to travel to Spanish-speaking remote places in other parts of the world that I would have never had the courage or confidence to do beforehand. -Josh Rumble 8th grade science teacher, Berry Creek Middle School
Where do CMC programs go?
CMC offers different programs each year. In 2013-2014, we had study abroad programs in Peru, Guatemala, South Africa, and Spain. They are each different lengths of time and students can earn a variety of credits. In 2014-2015, we will offer trips to East Africa, Baja Mexico, Rwanda & Uganda and Costa Rica.
How does my degree and future career fit in?
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
Isn’t studying abroad expensive?
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.
Can I still graduate in time if I study abroad?
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.
Can I study abroad if I don’t know a foreign language?
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.
Can I study abroad with a low GPA?
Yes! Most programs require a 2.5 cumulative GPA or better. There are some programs that will accept a lower GPA.
Are there opportunities to do something internationally without studying abroad?
Independent studies, volunteer work and teaching opportunities are also possibilities. The time commitment varies according to the program and/or your own requirements.
How do I find out more about the programs that are available?
For more information about any of these programs or with general questions please contact:
Professor of Visual Art & Humanities
Where can I find general information about travel and international education?
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 – 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
- Foreign Currency Exchange Rates
- U.S. State Department Travel Alerts and Warnings
- Centers for Disease Control
- Cum Laude in Evading Bandit
- Information for traveling with disabilities
Embassy and Consulate Information
Resources for U.S. Citizens
- U.S. Department of State – General information useful for all international travelers