Steps to Study Abroad
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Review the Program Choices on the PCC Study Abroad Website
For the most current information regarding specific program dates, accommodations, costs and courses, review the PCC Study Abroad Current Programs web page
Meet with a Study Abroad Program Advisor
Students can speak with an advisor over the phone or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor in person.
Research Your Funding Options
Study abroad advisors are familiar with the basics of financial aid and how students can utilize financial aid to participate in a study abroad program. They are also knowledgeable about study abroad scholarship opportunities and creative financing options students have used ion the past. Once you have an initial conversation with a study abroad advisor, you may then be referred to a financial aid advisor to review the specifics of your financial aid information and how it may be used or altered to make study abroad a possibility for you. To apply for most scholarships, student will need to plan to complete and submit applications at least 7 months to 1 year before the start date of their preferred program.
Consult with Your Academic Advisor
Your college academic advisor can help you determine how the study abroad experience can address your overall academic goals and which PCC study abroad program will best fit your specific degree requirements. For most programs, a study abroad advisor can tell you the courses that are offered, and you can meet with your regular advisor to see if those courses will count as general education requirements or as elective credits.
Begin the Application Process
We strongly recommend that you begin making your study abroad plans at least six months prior to the program start date. Consult the PCC study abroad website to confirm the specific application deadline for your program of interest. Program applications and application instructions can also be downloaded and printed from the program web page.
Enroll in Required Prerequisite Courses
Some programs may have language or course prerequisites. Check the program application instructions for potential prerequisite requirements.
Pay Outstanding College Fees and Debts
If you are a current or past PCC student, you must pay outstanding fees and debts before enrolling in a study abroad program. Examples of debts include parking tickets, overdue library books and bounced checks.
Apply for a Passport
You must apply for a passport if:
- You do not have a passport
- Your passport was issued over 11 years ago
- You were younger than 18 when your last passport was issued
- Your passport is going to expire prior to 3 months after your return from your study abroad program
Students can 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 . Proof of U.S. Citizenship (birth certificate, naturalization certificate or previous U.S. passport), two recent headshot photos (2"x2"), and current identification with photo or physical description are required. You may renew a passport by mail if it expired recently.
Apply early, as passport applications can take six to ten weeks to process.