Study Abroad

Through Bergen Community College's membership in College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), Bergen students have more than 50 programs in over 30 countries throughout the world from which to choose. Programs are offered in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. Programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey.

Study abroad experiences range from a summer, a semester or an academic year. The programs are, for the most part, designed for undergraduate credit. Academic studies may include the language and culture of the host country, as well as business, art, the European Union, service-oriented work experiences and more. Study abroad programs are designed for cultural immersion and many sites offer a chance to live with a family in the host country. Students must have completed one semester of college level courses at Bergen, be a full-time student, and be in good academic standing in order to participate. At least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale is required. Certain programs require a 3.0 grade point average.

It is a good idea to begin the application process a year in advance, if possible, in order to apply for federally funded study abroad scholarship such as the Gilman Scholarship and the Critical Language Program Scholarship. Financial aid may be used for study abroad programs. Early application allows the Financial Aid Office to complete the review of eligibility for financial aid and to get all of the paperwork done. Be sure to apply no later than fifteen weeks prior to departure. Special scholarships are also available for students receiving Pell Grants. Application deadlines for special scholarships are March 1, for summer and fall programs, and October for spring programs.

To find out more about this opportunity, visit the International Student Center (Room C-102) and speak with Prof Amparo Codding or call (201) 689-7601 to make an appointment.