The Mirabell Palace in Salzburg, Austria
Why Study Abroad?
Study abroad gives you an international dimension and
a global perspective. It increases your understanding of other cultures.
You gain a whole new perspective on your own culture. Students returning
from study abroad programs have said they enjoyed meeting new people
and seeing new places. They talk of new friends, travel adventures and
of how the experience was personally rewarding and enriching.
CCIS programs are ideal for Hudson Valley students because
it is not necessary to speak a foreign language to participate. Courses
are taught in English, and students may choose from a wide range of
curricular options including liberal arts, social sciences, human services,
business and marketing, studio art and design. Internships also are
available in some countries and in some academic disciplines. All courses
are fully transferable to Hudson Valley Community College.
First- and second-year students are welcome to apply.
In recent semesters, Hudson Valley students have studied in England,
Ireland, Italy and Switzerland. Judging from their rave reviews, it's
safe to say you may find study abroad one of the most academically rewarding
experiences of your life. It truly offers an exciting and enriching
addition to your college experience.
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To participate, you need to be at least 18 years of age,
have a minimum GPA of 2.5 (some programs require at least a 3.0) and
be in good academic standing. Freshmen and recent high school graduates
may also apply, given sufficient maturity and academic background.
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Once you have selected a study abroad program, you must
apply for admittance into the program. The application process consists
- Completion of a two-page CCIS application form
- Three letters of recommendation from instructors
- Copies of official transcripts from all school attended
- A short essay explaining why you want to study abroad
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When selecting a program abroad, it's important to keep
in mind a number of factors including your current academic program
(Individual Studies, Liberal Arts, Business, etc.), countries of interest
and personal budget. Course offerings differ from country to country,
so it's important to choose the program that best corresponds to your
Here are some helpful tips when choosing
your program and classes:
- Make an appointment to see your academic advisor to see what classes
would be acceptable for your program of study.
- All classes are taught in English, so you don't to worry about
falling behind, BUT... if you are studying in a non-English speaking
nation, you will have to take a class in the indigenous language.
- Average class load is 12 -15 credits.
- ALL credits are fully transferable to Hudson Valley Community
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Acceptance & Registration
Acceptance into a study abroad program typically takes
about two weeks. A letter will be mailed to your home indicating your
acceptance into the program. Once you have been admitted, you should
meet with your advisor to discuss graduation requirements. All courses
completed abroad are entirely transferable to Hudson Valley Community
College. However, certain courses may not be available. It is important
to know which courses you will need before selecting a program.
Upon your acceptance, the college will help you get scheduled
for study abroad. She will help you fill out an "Authorization Form
for Study Abroad" which you will need to bring to the Hudson Valley
Registrar. You won't need to have your advisor schedule actual courses,
because this will be done though the college sponsoring your program
For the duration of your study abroad program you will
be registered and matriculated at Hudson Valley Community College. This
will ease your transfer of credits to Hudson Valley from the college
or university abroad. You may study abroad for one semester or one academic
year, as long as you complete at least 30 credits of your academic program
in residence at Hudson Valley Community College.
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Cost and Finances
CCIS study abroad programs are very affordable when compared
to overseas study programs offered by other institutions. Programs range
in cost from $4,500 to $9,000 per semester, but you shouldn't let the
cost discourage you from studying abroad. The college's Financial Aid
Office is able to take the additional expense of studying abroad into
account when determining a student's cost of attendance for federal aid.
This may increase your eligibility for private student loans or federal parent (PLUS) loans. For information, contact the Mastrangelo Financial Aid Center.
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Passports & Visas
To enter another country, you need a passport. Applying early for a passport is advised because it may take up to two months for your passport to be processed and for you to receive it by mail. To begin the application process for a U.S. passport, you need:
- Your Completed Application
- To apply for a United States passport for the first time, you will need to complete a DS-11: Application for Passport - you can fill out the form online or print out a blank form. More information on getting a new passport.
- To renew a previously issued United States passport, you will need to complete a DS-82: Application for Passport - you can fill out the form online or print out a blank form. More information on how to renew a passport.
- Applications are also available from most city post offices.
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship and Identity
Two Passport Photos
Visit the U.S. Department of State website for information about the documents that serve as proof of citizenship and identity as well as passport photo requirements. Passport photographs are available from most photo stores, copy stores, photo kiosks, Wal-Mart and other stores. Students who are members of AAA may receive passport photos for free from AAA offices.
- Social Security Number
Current passport application fees, additional Post Office passport information, and service hours and locations can be found at www.usps.com/passport/.
Local post offices and other agencies that accept passport applications include:
|Troy Post Office
Troy, NY 12180
|Rensselaer Country Clerk
Troy, NY 12180
|Main Post Office
Albany, NY 12207
|Colonie Center Post Office
50001 Colonie Center Mall
Albany, NY 12205
|Schenectady Post Office
29 Jay St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
|Schenectady County Clerk
620 State St.
Schenectady, NY 12307
There are more than 7,000 public places that accept passport applications.
If you need your passport urgently, generally in less than two weeks, you may contact one of the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Agencies. The two closest Passport Agencies to Hudson Valley Community College are located in New York and Boston. All agencies take applications only by appointment. Click here for a complete list of Passport Agencies, and to find out how to schedule an appointment.
A visa is a stamp that is placed inside of your passport
that allows you to enter into a foreign country. For U.S. citizens,
a visa is not required by western European countries (with exceptions)
when spending less than three (3) months in the visiting country. A
visa is required when traveling to the East Central European countries.
Contact a travel agent or nearest consulate for more information and
the necessary requirements. There may or may not be a fee. A passport
is required. Processing time may take from three days to several weeks.
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Studying & Living Abroad
Traveling to Your Destination
With your particular program, a group travel arrangement may be
possible or you may travel to your study abroad destination by yourself.
Airfare is not included in the semester costs.
When packing, remember that airlines have very strict
regulations on baggage. Airlines restrict baggage to 3 items, including
your carry-on. Typical size limitations are: 1st bag 62", 2nd bag
55", 3rd bag 45" (length + height + width). Total baggage cannot exceed
70 lbs. in weight. You will be charged if baggage exceeds the size and
weight limitations. In your carry-on bag, carry eyeglasses or contact
lenses, prescription medication (with the prescriptions signed by your
doctor), necessary daily items, a change of clothes and all important
documents such as passport, travel information, and other identification.
Never store such information in your suitcases - keep them close to
you in a money belt or pouch.
What to Bring
When traveling abroad, students usually bring too much with them.
You want to pack light. Remember there will be laundry facilities
available. You will also want to leave some room for gifts, souvenirs
and other items you accumulate during your study abroad experience.
It is always possible for you to ship a box or two overseas before
you arrive. Ask your program coordinator for options. A day pack
a necessity for going to school and for weekend trips.
There are several different types of living arrangements available
with CCIS programs. Many programs house international students in
homestays with host families. This is one of the best ways to immerse
yourself in the culture and to learn the language of a non-English
speaking nation. Other programs place students in dormitories on
the campus, while others assist students in finding other accommodations
such as renting a room or apartment to share with other students.
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