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Due to unforeseen circumstances, all members of the Pima Community College (PCC) Governing Board will be attending the Board's March 8, 2023, Regular Meeting remotely. At the discretion of the Board Chair, PCC administrators and others making scheduled presentations to the Board may also be appearing remotely. Tonight's meeting will otherwise be conducted in a hybrid format as previously noticed, and members of the public may still attend in person at PCC's District Office, room C-105. During the "Public Comment-Call to the Audience" portion of tonight's meeting, public comments may still be made either remotely or in person. PCC staff will be on-site in room C-105 to assist members of the public attending in person who wish to address comments to the Board.
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Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in a different culture and country while earning academic credits. Enhance your college experience by exploring Asia, South America, Europe, and beyond while gaining a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Center for International Education (CIE) at Pima Community College (PCC) serves as the hub for education abroad experiences. Staff are ready to assist you in making the most of your college experience. 

There are many benefits to studying abroad. According to the Institute of International Education (IIE), there are ten great reasons to study abroad. Studying abroad is a life-changing experience. Ask yourself some questions before you decide to study abroad. 

  • What do you want to learn from this experience?
  • How do you handle uncertainty and changes?
  • Will this experience help you academically, professionally and personally?
  • Can you financially support your study abroad experience? 

To be eligible for the application of a PCC study abroad program, you must: 

  1. Be currently enrolled at Pima Community College
  2. Be at least 18 years old 
  3. Have completed at least 12 academic college credits and have a minimum 2.5 College GPA
  4. Have no code of conduct violations
  5. Maintain good academic standing – not on academic restriction/probation/disqualification
  6. Be in good financial standing with PCC – no overdue account balance or outstanding fines
  7. Complete the Study Abroad application with a 500-word personal statement essay. Your statement should be in paragraph format, not as numbered responses to the questions providing answers to the questions below:
    • How will studying abroad help you achieve your future academic or professional goals?
    • Why did you select your specific program and host country?
    • How are you academically prepared to be a successful scholar abroad? If you have faced significant academic difficulties, tell us about those and how you are overcoming them.
    • What examples of knowledge, skills, and experiences will you draw on to meet the challenges of going abroad?
  8. Have a valid passport 30 days prior to traveling 

Certain programs may have different requirements. Please refer to the program details. 

Before applying for a study abroad program, please research program information like the eligibility requirement, location, budget, etc. You are also encouraged to reach out to the CIE office ( for additional information. 

Different types of financial aids like grants, scholarships and loans can help cover the cost of your study abroad experience. If you receive financial aid, you may be able to apply it towards the cost of a credit-bearing study abroad program, including tuition and fees. Please contact PCC Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information. 

These are some important study abroad scholarships you should consider applying to:

  1. The U.S. Department of State's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, providing them with skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. 
  2. The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) offers a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America's engagement with the world. The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. 
  3. First Trip Study Abroad Scholarships may provide funding for individuals traveling to countries ranked lower than Very High on the United Nations' annual Human Development Index (HDI). 
  4. Diversity Abroad Scholarships help prepare the next generation of global leaders.  


  1. Prepare yourself by carefully reading the Department of State's International Travel site and the CDC's International Travel site for international travelers. 
  2. Students with Disabilities: Please disclose your disability needs to the Access & Disability Resources (ADR) Office early for appropriate arrangements and reasonable accommodations. 
  3. Pre-departure orientations are mandatory. Schedule of the orientations will be announced after you are admitted to the program. 
  4. Housing and accommodations include, but are not limited to, residence halls, hotels, bed and breakfasts, host families, and apartments. You may need to share a room with another participant. Please be mindful of each other's privacy, space, habits and sleep patterns. 


Take a Pima history course in Summer 2023 while exploring Bundoran, Ireland!

  1. When: June 19 to July 1, 2023
  2. Where: Bundoran, Ireland
  3. Course Enrollment: HIS 141, History of United States 3 cr.; fulfills C&G (Available seats: 12)
  4. Estimated Study Abroad Program Fee: $2,350 includes local transportation, lodging (student apartment rooms), breakfasts, dinners and all group activities. This fee does not include Pima tuition, airfare, lunches, travel insurance, passport fee, etc. Non-refundable deposit of $250 is due upon admission to the program.
  5. Payment Deadline: March 1, 2023
  6. Application Deadline: January 31, 2023
  7. For information, please refer to the flyer.

Ready to apply? Please fill out the application form and we will contact you after it is reviewed. 

Contact Us

Center for International Education
Phone: (520) 206-6732

Kyle Hetherington,
“My time [abroad] made me a better student, a better member of my community, and a better person.”
Kyle Hetherington,
Study Abroad Student
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