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There is nothing like sending your student off on an education abroad program. We share your enthusiasm, since we know that studying abroad transforms lives, reveals the world to students, and further prepares them for the workplace and life. We're here to assist in creating an experience of a lifetime. Always 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.  Keep in mind that only courses applying towards Major requirements are eligible for financial aid. There are summer-, semester- and academic year-long programs of lengths ranging from a couple of weeks to an academic year. Students will be required to meet with their academic advisors and other contacts 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 Internationalization Office is happy to help students realize all the opportunities and help determine the best fit.


Planning early is the key to making studying 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, vary considerably.
Financial aid, including HOPE, is applicable to most education abroad programs. Students should visit Financial Aid to request information, ask questions, and confirm eligibility. Internationalization will assist in facilitating any required paperwork for the student with relevant points of contact and offices.


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 similarly 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.


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.