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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The following information is intended to provide you with general information on studying abroad.

Q: What types of programs are available through SBCC?
A: SBCC offers summer programs, winter programs and semester programs on an ongoing basis. Semester programs are typically 13 - 16 weeks long. Summer programs vary from 3 - 5 weeks in length, and winter break programs are typically 3 weeks.

Q: Which program destinations are offered by SBCC?
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SBCC has been offering programs in 20 different countries, including England, France, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, China, Vietnam, Russia and New Zealand, Cuba, India, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Turkey, and Thailand. Program offerings vary from year to year to ensure program variety. Please refer to the programs page for a list of current program offerings.

Q: How much does it cost to study abroad?
A: Program costs vary from program to program, depending on the program location, duration, and other variables. Semester programs range from $8,000 - $8,500 which typically includes housing and all required field trips, but which typically does not include airfare, food, or personal expenses. Short-term programs vary from $3,500 - $4,500, which typically does not include airfare.

Q: Is financial aid available for study abroad programs?
A: Yes, students who qualify for financial aid can usually apply their financial aid to study abroad. Sometimes, a student's need may increase while studying abroad due to added travel expenses, and the financial aid award may slightly increase.
Contact your Financial Aid counselor as soon as possible to find out more about Financial Aid and to complete your Financial Aid application.

Q: Are there any scholarships available for study abroad?
A: The Study Abroad Program has established various scholarship funds for study abroad program participants with financial needs. Students who qualify for financial aid are eligible for a $500 - $1000 scholarship for semester programs or, respectively, a $250 - $500 scholarship for summer programs. Scholarship applications are available at the Study Abroad Office.
In addition to the study abroad scholarships, some departmental scholarships may be available for certain majors. Check with the department chair of your discipline.

Q: How do I know which program is right for me?
A: To find out which study abroad program is appropriate for you, it is advisable that you attend program information meetings which provide you with the opportunity to receive detailed information about the type of program, curriculum, program director, excursions, living conditions abroad, and much more. You should also talk to an academic counselor to ensure that the coursework offered on the program fits your academic plan. Finally, you should choose a program destination that is appealing or intriguing to you.

Q: Who is eligible to participate in SBCC study abroad programs.
A: On our summer programs, any graduate from an accredited high school and any other person who can reasonably profit from instruction is eligible to apply. Participants must be 18 years or older on the departure date.

Semester program applicants must have completed a minimum of 12 semester units (total) with a GPA of 2.5 or higher by the end of the semester prior to studying abroad. In addition, program applicants must have completed English 110 (Freshman Composition with a "C" or higher). Students do not have to be declared majors in the field they will be studying abroad and there is no language prerequisite. Participants must be 18 years or older on the departure date.

Q: Are the courses offered on study abroad programs transferable?
A: Usually, all of the courses offered on the study abroad programs are transferable with the exception of the beginning conversation language courses (i.e. Spanish 120, Italian 120, and French 120). Check with your counselor for possible exceptions.