Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements?

It depends on the program.  Most programs require students to be in good academic standing; many have a minimum GPA requirement.  Some programs may also require letters of recommendation, academic references, official college transcripts, and additional pre-requisites. Students should consult individual program pages for information regarding participation requirements and application deadlines.

When should I begin the application and planning process, and how do I get started?

In general, students should begin the application process at least twelve months before they intend to study abroad, especially if they plan to apply for scholarships (many education abroad scholarship programs have a single application deadline each year).

To get started, review the information on this website, and then attend a general information session (upcoming sessions are listed on the home page).

What will it cost?

Costs for education abroad programs vary. For details on specific program costs, please refer to individual program web pages.

Can I use my financial aid to help fund my program?

Yes! In general, students enrolled in a degree program at PCC can apply federal financial aid to any program that offers PCC credit, or that offers PSU credit through our co-admission agreement with PSU. Specifics will depend on the program and the individual student's financial aid situation.

Are there scholarships for education abroad programs?

Yes!  There are manyscholarshipsthat can be used for education abroad programs. Scholarship deadlines are often much earlier than program deadlines, so you should attend a general information session at least a year prior to your intended education abroad term if you plan to apply for scholarships.

Can I work overseas while participating in a education abroad program?

In general, you should not expect to work for pay while studying abroad; labor laws in most countries will not allow you to seek paid employment while studying as an international student.  There are many programs which opportunities to enroll in for-credit (unpaid) internships, which can be a valuable experience.

Where will I live while abroad?

Program housing options may include apartment living, dormitory living, and host family living. Students can find out what type of living arrangements are offered by reviewing the program logistics section of an individual program web page.

Will the credits transfer?

Yes. Students participating in a PCC-sponsored education abroad program receive 12-15 credits per full academic term.

Do I need to speak the language?

It depends on the program; many options are available to students with little or no prior language study.

Do I need a passport or visas to study overseas?

All students require a passport when traveling out of the country. Students may apply in person at selected post offices, at federal or state courts of records, or at one of the passport agencies of the U.S. Department of State (www.state.gov). It is important that students apply early for new or renewed passports, as application processing can take from 6 to 10 weeks.

A visa is written permission to visit a country granted by the government of that country. Requirements vary from country to country. Information relating to visas will be included in your pre-departure advising process.

I am an older student, can I still study abroad?

Yes! PCC sends many non-traditional students to study overseas.

I’m interested in the experience of learning abroad, but I’m not enrolled as a PCC degree student.  Do you have non-credit options?

All programs offered through the Education Abroado Office require students to be enrolled as full-time degree students at PCC while abroad.  If you are interested in non-credit educational travel, see the Travel programs offered through PCC’s Community Education program.