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Frequently Asked Questions

The Basics

What is the role of the Center for Global Education?

When can I study abroad?

Are there any majors that won’t allow me to study abroad?

Where can I study abroad?

Do I have to be fluent in a foreign language to study abroad?

What is a study abroad program provider and what do they do?

Do I need a passport to study abroad?

Do I need a visa to study abroad?

Will my cell phone work abroad?

What is my status at PC when I study abroad?

Can’t I just take a leave of absence and get transfer credit when I come back from studying abroad?

How can I meet with a study abroad advisor?

Applications

What is the application process?

When do I apply for PC approval to study abroad?

Can I submit an application for PC approval if I do not currently meet the GPA requirement?

How many programs may I select?

What if I change my mind about where I want to go?

Does applying for study abroad commit me to participating?

What is the application fee?

When do I apply for acceptance into my program?

How do I request my PC transcript?

To whom should I send the home school nomination or approval form that is part of my program application?

Costs

What does study abroad cost?

Do I need to pay the program deposit?

Does my financial aid go with me?

What about tuition exchange students?

Are there any scholarship options for study abroad?

How expensive is it to live in my host country?

How will I access my money while abroad?

Academics

What types of courses can I take when I study abroad?

How do I choose my study abroad courses? When will I know if my courses will count at PC?

What if I can’t obtain a syllabus before I arrive abroad? What if I choose a new course that is not approved yet?

How many classes will I take on my program?

Will I receive credit for the courses I take abroad?

What happens if I take a repeat class?

Will my study abroad grades be factored into my GPA?

What is the Pass/Fail policy?

Can I purchase my textbooks abroad? What about school supplies?

How do I register for my PC courses while I am abroad?

How long does it take for my study abroad courses to be posted to Cyberfriar?

Housing

I will be spending one semester abroad. What are my PC housing options during the semester I will be on campus?

Where will I live when I study abroad?

Will living with a host family restrict my freedom?

Are meals included in my housing?

How will I do laundry?

Do I need to bring cooking supplies, linens, and towels?

Will I have internet access?

Health and Safety

What if I get sick while I am abroad?

Will I be safe?