Why study abroad?
Did you know less than 10% of American college students study abroad? At Mount Wachusett Community College there are programs available for every major and every budget. Study abroad can help you:
- Satisfy requirements for graduation
- Develop intercultural competence skills that employers seek
- Advance your network on a global scale as you make contacts in another country
- Gain independence, self-confidence, and self-reliance
- Add a unique component to your resume’
- Increase your sensitivity to cultural differences
- Learn a new language
- Make lifelong friends
How can I study abroad?
Programs are available in short or long term options so you can determine which option is best for YOU. Options range from January term, spring break, summer, full semester or academic year programs.
Who is eligible?
Study abroad at Mount Wachusett Community College is open to day, evening, and online students, both part time and full time. A passport is necessary and a student visa is required by some countries. Most host institutions require sophomore status and a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, although some programs have more specific criteria.
How much does it cost?
Financial aid applies to approved programs, students work with the Office of Financial Aid to develop a comprehensive budget. Numerous scholarships, grants, and loans also supplement the student’s own contribution. Costs include tuition, fees, and books as well as living expenses, social activities, and excursions that are part of the planned program in which the student may want to participate. Airfare, ground transportation, departure taxes, and personal spending are also included in calculating the financial aid package.
Where do I begin?
Stop by the Study Abroad Office in Room 333 (Gardner campus) for more information. Schedule an appointment or stop in during our open office hours; Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:30-1:30.
In addition to the MWCC faculty led courses, MWCC belongs to two organizations that provide study abroad options:
- Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) Students can apply to any of the programs in one of the participating Massachusetts public higher education institutions.
- College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
Are There Any Scholarships Available? YES!
- Gilman Scholarship If you qualify for a Pell Grant, you qualify for a Gilman Scholarship. Give yourself time to complete this application! At least a year in most cases.
- Fund for Education Abroad Aims to fund students that are typically underrepresented in study abroad, including community college students.
- Boren Award If you are interested in public service at the federal level, this scholarship might be for you.
- Fulbright US Student Program Once you have graduated, this is a great opportunity.
Tracey Betts Sarefield