This article appeared in the Feb. 5, 2019, issue of the student newsletter.
Traveling and studying in a foreign country are some of the best ways to make yourself marketable to future employers. If you attend one of DCCCD's 2019 study abroad programs, you'll have the chance to spend time with other students in Central America, Europe or Asia.
Regardless of which college you attend, you're eligible to apply for any trip offered through any DCCCD college.
"Lots of times students will call from, say, Richland, and say, 'Hey, I see that Brookhaven is offering a trip. Am I eligible to go on that?'" said Dr. Grant Sisk of the Office of Global Economic Development. "And the answer's 'yes,' because all of our students are DCCCD students. They can take classes from any college of DCCCD."
Study abroad programs do have some requirements. Getting accepted depends on GPA (the minimum for most trips is a 2.0 or a 2.5), and in some cases, such as Nursing, there are some program-specific requirements. You must also have a passport with at least six months' validity after the beginning of your trip. International students can also participate in study abroad.
Typically, each trip is based around a specific DCCCD academic program, though there are exceptions such the Global Citizenship Alliance (GCA) program in Austria. Trips currently being offered include:
London (May 18-27, 2019): Criminal Justice Club
Cuba (May 19-June 1, 2019): Spanish
British Isles, England, Ireland and Wales (May 20-30, 2019): Literature
Japan (May 20-30, 2019): Japanese Language
Austria (May 22-29, 2019): Global Citizenship Seminar
Costa Rica (Sept. 17-29, 2019): Nursing Pediatric Clinical
The GCA Austria trip is a little different because it is only for active Phi Theta Kappa members. You can contact your college's PTK representative for more information on how to apply.
Although it varies for every trip, students usually will get academic credit while having a life-changing experience, going to faraway places and immersing themselves in the local culture.
"If you're walking around Brookhaven, Richland or Eastfield's campus, and you're a Japanese language learner, you're probably not going to have a whole lot of opportunities to practice the language," Sisk said. "If you're in an immersive environment, then it's unavoidable."
The price you see on each page includes the cost of the program, lodging, in-country travel and insurance. If the price doesn't include the air travel, it's specified on the page.
"A student who wants to study abroad is going to more or less be in the same boat as anybody else who wants to go abroad," Sisk said. "They're going to have pay for travel. They're going to have to pay for room and board and for incidentals.
"The benefit to study abroad is that all of the heavy lifting is done for them. They earn college credit, go to exciting places and meet new friends."
Check out the available trips, pick out the one that's right for you and apply today.
You can get application information either by contacting the instructor leading the trip you want to attend or by contacting Dr. Grant Sisk.
Update: On March 29,
there will be a Study Abroad and international engagement fair in SH 118 at
Richland College for faculty, students and staff. Deputy Assistant Secretary
Rachel Arndt from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs
(CA) will be speaking as well as a representative from the Bureau of
Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).