Study Abroad at PC!

Studying abroad at PC is achievable for any student. Whether you want to spend a summer, semester, or even a year abroad, you can make it happen in a few easy steps.

Get started by visiting the Office of International programs and talking to one of our staff members about program options and the application process. Finding the right program for you can open up a wealth of opportunities.

Once you’ve found a program that fits your goals, the application process is simple. If accepted to an approved exchange program, you can usually study abroad for as long as one semester without paying any more tuition than you would normally pay for a semester at PC. If you want to stay longer, the Office of International Programs can help you find the funding you need.

Jalen Banks in front of the Eifel Tower in Paris
Jalen Banks - Paris, France

We understand that choosing a location or program can seem overwhelming. While the ultimate decision about where to go is yours to make, we can help you to reflect on your motivations for studying abroad and how that decision relates to your academic, professional, and personal goals. A clear sense of the answers to these questions will assist you greatly in making your final decision.

Studying abroad is a great way to complement your coursework and on-campus experiences. Now more than ever, cross-cultural experience or the ability to communicate in other languages is vital in the workplace and daily life. Talk with us and your academic advisor about how to fit studying abroad into your four-year plan!

Why should you Study Abroad?

Study abroad is an adventure that you will always remember, but there are many reasons to consider the option. Some are practical, others are more personal, but all have the chance to impact your life.

  1. Become more marketable: Study abroad can illustrate boldness, flexibility, open-mindedness, confidence, character, and curiosity just to name a few traits. In interviews and on your resume, you should showcase your study abroad experience and tell how it makes you stand out.
  2. Immerse yourself in history: It is an incredible experience to walk through the halls where kings signed treaties or stand amongst some of the world’s most incredible architecture still standing after centuries. Subjects that sometimes feel far-removed can come to life when you study abroad.
  3. Learn about a culture: Living in a foreign culture as opposed to visiting or just passing through, gives you a unique look at the people and places you see and explore while abroad.
  4. Learn about the U.S.A.: American customs that we take for granted may become apparent as you compare and contrast them to those of your host country.
  5. Travel more: Once abroad, traveling is usually easy and inexpensive. Many countries have excellent transportation that in some cases can take you to another country in a matter of hours.
  6. Meet interesting people: Students who study abroad make contacts all over the world. Whether you want to practice a language, learn about a culture, or network for job prospects, people are your greatest resource.
  7. Promote peace: Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “If people get together, so eventually will nations.” Study abroad might not just change your life, but the world.
  8. Find your calling: Study abroad can be an inspiration. It may give you the time and distance to clearly examine your choices in the U.S. or it might serve as the catalyst to an international career.
  9. Become a strong person: After living in a foreign culture with its constant challenges, students say they feel more capable of facing life choices at home.