1. Why should I study abroad?
There are simply too many reasons to list all of them here. However, one of the biggest appeals is the chance to experience a completely new environment and to learn how people live in other cultures. Class work in a foreign country can expand your mind, and encounters outside of the classroom are both educational and exciting. You will come back with a broader, deeper understanding both of another country and of your own cultural background. For more first hand testimonials from students who have studied abroad, please visit our Current Students page.
2. From visas, to passports, to choosing courses - isn’t it a hassle to go abroad?
With the OIE here to help you, the process is certainly simplified. First of all, we have affiliate programs that we work with very closely in order to make the process of studying abroad as easy as possible. If you decide to go with another program, the OIE will walk you through the whole process - from choosing a program, to filling out an application, to travel, and even to re-entry to the United States. Second of all, the OIE works closely with all department chairs and the registrar in order to ensure that your courses are equivalent to courses offered here at GCC. Third of all, we can even take passport pictures right here on campus and issue the ISIC (International Student Identity Card) that will remain on your person at all times to identify you and where you’re from. As long as you make the effort, the OIE serves to make your studying abroad process simpler and smoother.
3. Do I have to be a language major (or at least fluent in another language) to study abroad?
No. Study abroad is for everybody! All majors on campus that are able to study abroad. Although, some majors will require a good deal of planning --- so start early! The peer advisors at the OIE will work with you to make studying abroad a reality. As far as the language in concerned, we have had students study in countries without prior language experience. However, your study abroad will run more smoothly if you are familiar with the language of the country in which you choose to study.
4. Can I afford to study abroad?
The OIE tries to keep every affiliated program as close to the cost of a semester at Grove City as possible. There may be additional costs such as airfare, housing, or food depending on which program you choose. However, the OIE has many scholarships available to qualified students. With enough planning and forethought, anyone can study abroad – even those on tight budgets.
5. Is studying abroad safe?
Nobody can guarantee complete safety in a foreign country, but the OIE does its best to keep students and parents updated on any potentially unsafe conditions. Before you travel, the OIE provides informational sessions and handouts to help you learn how to remain as safe as possible while abroad.
6. What if I don’t have time to go abroad for an entire semester?
The OIE provides many intersession and summer experiences abroad in addition to their semester long experiences. Please visit the Faculty Lead Courses page for details on up-coming programs. There is no limit on the number of Faculty Led Short Term Programs that a student may participate in. Typically, these courses involve several weeks abroad during which students can earn 3-6 credits.