As a PCC student, you have three main options for studying abroad: PCC-managed programs, PSU programs (through co-enrollment) and fully-funded summer programs. Read more about these three options below.
To see how advising for and applying to different types of programs compares, take a look at our flowchart. This flowchart shows the pathways to each of the three main options described below. Please note that no matter which program option you choose, you will need to meet with PCC Education Abroad as your first step.
Students interested in an international internship/coop and/or independent study/research can find information on our Co-op page.
1. PCC Managed Options
The PCC managed options fall into two categories:
- Spanish and European Studies Program in Spain – Fall, Winter, or Spring Term
- PCC Faculty-Led Programs – 2017 programs include Costa Rica, Japan, Dominican Repulbic, Tanzania, Peru, and England/France. The deadline for the PCC Faculty-Led program application has passed. However, if you are interested in one of these programs, please contact us to find out whether there is still space available.
Each year, several programs are offered by PCC faculty in locations around the world. Most programs are short (2-6 weeks) and all offer PCC credit. PCC Faculty-Led Programs offered in 2016-2017 are as follows:
- Costa Rica (BI 200B Principles of Ecology: Field Biology) Led and taught by Sandy Neps
- Japan (PS 211 and SOC 211 Peace and Conflict) Led and taught by Douglas Byrd
- Dominican Republic (SPAN 203 Capstone or 261C) Led and taught by Dawn Stanfield
- Tanzania (BI 200B or BI 200C Principles of Ecology) Led and taught by Lynn Larsen
- Peru (COMM 140 Intercultural Communication) Led and taught by Teela Foxworth
- England and France (ID 122 History of Furniture, Ancient to 1800 and ID 123 History of Furniture 1800 to Present) Led and taught by Amanda Davis
2. Programs Offered Through Dual Enrollment/Co-Admission With PSU
Through PCC's co-enrollment agreement with Portland State University, PCC students may enroll in any PSU education abroad program for which they meet the eligibility requirements, earn PSU credit which may be applied to PCC degree requirements, and use their financial aid.
To be eligible to participate in an education abroad program through the PSU co- enrollment agreement, students must:
- Have completed 24 transferrable credits and be in good academic standing at the time of application (students who have not completed 24 credits at PCC will be asked to provide transcripts from high school/the institution where they were prior to coming to PCC)
- Have completed at least 45 transferrable credits prior to the start of the education abroad program, for term-length or semester-length programs (some summer and short-term programs are open to students with fewer credits)
- Meet any program-specific requirements. Some programs require prior language study; some have minimum GPA requirements; a few require students to be enrolled at PSU for one or two terms prior to participation.
Contact a PCC education abroad advisor to begin the advising and application process for this option.
3. Fully-Funded Summer Programs
The following programs are offered to U.S. undergraduate students and are fully funded for selected students – in other words, all program costs (airfare, tuition, housing and meals, and cultural activities) are covered for you if you are chosen to participate! Contact a PCC education abroad advisor to find out more about these options and to begin the application process!
Fulbright UK Summer Institutes: The US-UK Fulbright Commission sponsors 3-6 week summer programs for U.S. first-year and second-year college students to study at universities in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
- There are 10 programs being offered for summer 2017. See list here.
- Approximately 50 students received scholarships to participate in 2014.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree program at PCC (students who will complete the Associate's degree during spring term prior to the summer program and intend to transfer to a four-year institution the following fall are also eligible). Minimum 3.5 GPA required.
- Credit: Students receive credit from the hosting UK university. Students may transfer credits earned through this program to PCC and other colleges/universities according to standard transfer credit policies of the receiving institution.
- Deadlines: late February for the following summer
Critical Language Scholarship Program: The U.S. Department of State sponsors 7-10 week intensive summer language institutes abroad for U.S. students to study critical foreign languages.
- In 2017, institutes will be offered in Arabic (in Morocco, Jordan, and Oman), Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (in Tajikistan), Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish (in Azerbaijan), and Urdu.
- Approximately 600 students received scholarships to participate in 2014.
- Eligibility: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and enrolled in a degree program at PCC. Programs in Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Persian, and Russian require some prior study of the target language; all other programs are open to beginners who have never previously studied the language, as well as more advanced students.
- Credit: Students receive credit through Bryn Mawr College. Students may transfer credits earned through this program to PCC and other colleges/universities according to standard transfer credit policies of the receiving institution.
- Deadlines: early November for the following summer