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There is nothing like sending your student off on the study abroad adventure – as you are no doubt filled with excitement, pride and anxiety. We share your enthusiasm, since we know that study abroad transforms lives, reveals the world to students and prepares them for the workplace and life. We're here to assist in creating an experience of a lifetime. Check out the U.S. Department - Bureau of Consular Affairs for more information on Study Abroad.

Academic Progression 

Students can earn just as many credits during their term abroad as they can on campus, and there are programs for all academic and career paths. Credits can fulfill electives, major-related courses or minor-related courses, depending on the program. There are summer-, semester- and academic year-long programs – ranging from two weeks to nine months abroad. Students are encouraged to meet with their mentors prior to choosing a study abroad program to help determine which classes are needed to graduate on time and when is the best time to study abroad.

GGC Led Programs

GGC faculty create study abroad programs and serve as program directors abroad. Students may also choose to participate in study abroad programs sponsored by other institutions. The Office of Internationalization is happy to help students realize all the opportunities and help determine the best fit.

Finances

Planning early is the key to making study abroad financially feasible. Students participating in GGC-sponsored study abroad programs are responsible for program fees, and GGC-related tuition and fees. Students participating in programs sponsored by other institutions are responsible for tuition and fees related to that program. These prices, of course, do vary considerably.
Financial aid, including HOPE, is applicable to study abroad. Students should visit Financial Aid to request information, necessary paperwork and ask questions.

Communication

Postal mail, telephone, fax and email are all available ways to stay in touch with students studying abroad. Though prices may vary, services work very similar to those in the United States. We encourage students to contact their families/friends as soon as possible after arrival, but understand that this may not always be possible. Plan ahead and establish a scheduled means of communication with students prior to departure.

Security

The Office of Internationalization regularly monitors international security. We inform students immediately of changes in the international security environment. Students should know where the U.S. consulate is located within their host country and should exercise good judgment when getting involved in local activities.