Study Abroad

Foreign Language majors seeking the opportunity to live in the culture and speak the language daily with natives may select from a wide variety of countries, living arrangements, courses, and travel options.   Rather than routing you automatically to a single opportunity, we will assist you in selecting the program best suited to your individual needs.  GCC students can enroll directly in foreign universities, or can select programs run by other U.S. universities or study abroad agencies.  As you explore the possibilities, we will help you pay particular attention to safety, health, transferability of credits, graduation requirements, cultural adjustments, and on-site services. 

Most Grove City students go abroad for one or two semesters of their junior year, or during the summer before or after the junior year.  Part of the preparation process for study abroad involves making a four-year plan and checking on-campus course offerings to assure timely completion of all college requirements.

The normal transfer is 15 credits for a semester or 30 credits for one year’s work.  Credits for summer programs are usually granted in relationship to the number of weeks spent in class, up to a maximum of 12.  The College will not accept transfer credits for the equivalent of a course you have already completed here.  You must have a minimum QPA of 2.0 to transfer credits.  You must also earn grades of C or better (not C-) for credits to transfer. 

Students who have applied for and been awarded GCC financial aid for the academic year in which they are studying abroad, including all College-provided merit and need-based awards, will continue to receive that award during the semester(s) when they participate in a full-time study-abroad program which has been approved by the Registrar.  The criteria for receiving financial aid are the same as for on-campus study.

Prior to filing your paperwork for study abroad, we will assist you in gathering the following information:

-         complete course descriptions

-         number of academic credits and contact hours for each course

-         name and address of the university issuing the transcript

-         average number of participants and class size

-         average language preparation levels of participants

-         medical insurance details

-         availability of an on-site Resident Director

-         housing and meal information

-         included excursions

-         availability of internet and cell-phone services

-         safety and emergency procedures

-         availability of conversation partners

-         visa requirements and procedures.

Your study abroad file will include written approval from your Academic Advisor, the Chair of your major Department, the Office of International Education, and the Registrar.  Should your performance on a Placement Test require a change in your class schedule after you arrive on-site, we will process that request as soon as you e-mail us the information. 

Program expenses will vary considerably among the established programs.  Many people find that a year abroad can cost approximately the same or a little more than a year at Grove City.  The number of fringe benefits and the type of accommodations offered are important cost considerations.  Some programs provide housing, while others require that the student make his or her own arrangements.  Meals may or may not be included.  Weekend trips and vacation excursions may be extra.  Some prices include airfare.  Some may include health insurance.  We will help you compare all the financial aspects of the programs quite carefully, with inquiries about lunch on days you are away on school-arranged excursions, whether textbooks are provided or must be purchased, transportation expenses from housing areas to classroom buildings, what recommendations the program organizers make about spending money, weekend and vacation travel, etc.

Professor Cynthia Forrester is the Study Abroad Advisor for the Department of Modern Languages.  You may contact her at  Please see also the Office of International Education website.


Steps to take to study abroad

Study abroad Q&A Information Guide.

Foreign Universities Recently Attended by Language Majors.


© Grove City College - For questions contact Dr. Barber - Last updated March 2008