What type of programs will work best for you?
- When do you want to go, and how long do you want to stay?
Short-term or long-term?
Your first major decision will be whether you want to apply for a short-term program (usually from a week to a month) or a long-term program (usually one semester or year-long). The costs, of course, increase the longer you are abroad, but there are scholarships that are available for longer-term study.
What time of year do you want to go?
You should be able to find programs that coincide with fall, spring and summer sessions. There are also short-term programs available during our winter intersession. You will need to decide what time of year will work best for you with respect to other courses you are taking and your own personal situation. Short-term courses are generally available during the summer and winter intersession.
Disclaimer: Bronx Community College is not endorsing any of the programs included here. These programs are listed points of reference, and any student interested in any one of them should thoroughly research the organization.
- Do you want to study abroad or volunteer abroad?
will offer you the opportunity to study in another country and gain credits that may sometimes be used towards graduation. If you participate in a CUNY-sponsored program, then the credits will be transferable if you attend one of the CUNY four-year colleges. You will be learning about the host country in an academic environment with other students from the US.
offers you the opportunity to actually work with and help people from the country in which you are volunteering. You will be expected to provide support to people within the community you are visiting, and you will also have the opportunity to interact more closely with people from the host country. Most volunteer abroad programs do not offer credit, but they are often less expensive than study abroad.
What programs are available?
Now that you are interested in studying or volunteering abroad, it’s time to look at the programs to decide which one you should apply for. The program information below is the first step in making your decision. Please note that these are only a few of the options that may be most appropriate for you. You can also search the Internet to identify other possible programs—that focus on either study or volunteer abroad. Once you find a program that interests you, it is a good idea to find out what other people think of the program. If it is a CUNY program, you should contact the professor who is leading the trip.
Explore the web links included with most of these programs for more information about them. If you have more questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Schaier-Peleg at the National Center for Educational Alliances: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUNY Study Abroad
The City University of New York offers semester and yearlong study abroad programs. It also offers opportunities for study for one month, either during January intersession, or during the summer. Many Bronx Community College students have found these shorter programs very attractive. They allow students to study in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America; meet fellow participants from all over the United States; and earn up to six transferable credits. There are programs in Italy, France, Spain, Germany and England, as well as in Senegal, Rwanda, Ecuador and Argentina, and a number of other African and South American countries. One of our most exciting programs is a month in Shanghai, China.
Students are encouraged to apply for grants through the STOCS (Study/Travel Opportunities for CUNY Students) Program.
www.cuny.edu – “Current Students.” Go to “Site Map,” “Office of Academic Affairs,”
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
This unique program, jointly sponsored by the German Bundestag and the U.S. Congress, through the U.S. Department of State, offers American students the opportunity to study in Germany for a year.
To be eligible, students must: (1) be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; (2) have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale; and (3) be between 15 and 18 years of age at the start of the program. Applicants from all racial, economic, ethnic, religious, and social backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as are students with disabilities. Instruction in the German language will be provided. Students who are accepted will live with a host German family for the year they are abroad. Applications are due in the fall for the next fall term.
Salzburg Global Seminar International Study Program (ISP)
Located in historic Salzburg, Austria, the ISP offers students the opportunity to study and discuss topics for one week each spring centered around the Seminar’s theme, Global Citizenship: America and the World. Since April 2005, BCC students have joined with students from other CUNY community colleges to engage in work aimed at increasing their global awareness.
Most days begin with lecture/discussions. But students also work in teams on projects that address current global issues, such as immigration and migration, which they present to the entire group on the last day of the Seminar. A daylong field trip to the Memorial Site at the former concentration camp at Dachau is an emotional highlight of the week. Students also interact with college students from the Fachhochschule Salzburg (Salzburg University of Applied Sciences) in formal and informal settings.
www.salzburgglobal.org – “International Study Program”
Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development
The Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development (GILCD) is an organization dedicated to giving today's students the necessary skills and opportunities to become tomorrow's great leaders. In 1999, GILCD was started as a small grassroots organization. In the summer of 2000, their first pilot program was launched: the Global Leadership Program in Prague. Since then, GILCD has educated hundreds of students from over 60 different countries. In addition, they have hosted programs in Argentina, Cuba, Thailand, Italy, and now the U.S. To reflect their growth, they are now the Global Institute for Leadership and Civic Development. GILCD is among the first and few organizations to run programs which encompass all of the following essential components: academic courses, study abroad, international scholars, cultural immersion, rigorous leadership training, and active civic engagement. A former BCC student has received a scholarship from this organization that covered some of his costs.
These are only some volunteer abroad programs that are available, but you will find many others if you search the Internet.
Organization for International Development (OID)
OID is a 501(c)3 non-profit, non-political volunteer organization formed in 1990. Their mission is to provide quality diagnosis, treatment and preventative health education to the impoverished as a means to improve the quality of their lives and social well-being. OID’s health missions take them to rural and isolated communities, as well as low-resourced inner-city communities. They go where the need is.
Their patients in such communities are usually impoverished and cannot afford regular health or dental care. Those in dire hardship typically wait until OID returns before they seek medical attention. Not surprising, some patients they see are in such poor condition that they are immediately referred to the local hospital for urgent care. Patients travel many miles to our “work site” to ensure they are seen, and some are even carried to OID. They also do some home visits. For example, Dr. Slyvene “Molly” Blissett, DPT, MPH, PT, PCS with a specialization in pediatrics, and her team provide therapy to homebound patients. Please contact Dr. Marcia Jones in the nursing department – email@example.com – if you are interested and would like additional information.
As an international non-profit organization, United Planet (UP) strives to create a world in which all people understand, respect, and support one another. United Planet's global network of leaders and volunteers foster cross-cultural understanding and addresses shared challenges to unite the world in a community beyond borders. United Planet’s unique Volunteer Abroad Quest program combines:
- Volunteering abroad
- Language learning
- Cultural activities and learning excursions (offerings vary by country)
All programs provide an incredibly fulfilling experience for volunteers and valuable support for local communities. Volunteers of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds are invited to join 1-52 week volunteer abroad programs in 50 countries worldwide.
A Broader View
A Broader View offers customized programs with flexible start dates in many countries which support local organizations in low-income communities. Students can choose when they want to volunteer and for how long. Each program is personalized to suit your skills and preferences. Their community-based projects in countries in development allow volunteers to live and work side by side with local people in a range of fields such as orphanage work, day care, community development, teaching and much more. Regardless if you are traveling solo, with your family, on a spring break, gap year or medical mission, A Broader View can arrange a rewarding volunteer experience.
A Broader View Volunteers Corp is a 501 c (3) tax-exempt charity. All program costs, including the cost of airfare, are tax-deductible.
Global Crossroad offers numerous and exciting abroad experiences to international volunteers in 34 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Their highly-affordable, unique, life-changing and stimulating programs engage volunteers in an adventure with a purpose. Their wide range of programs allow students to embark on meaningful volunteer abroad programs, serving poor communities and children while simultaneously experiencing cross-cultural exchanges. Their philosophy involves more than simply placing a volunteer in a grassroots project. Global Crossroad offers a variety of programs to meet the needs of its clients: individualized placements, travel and adventure, cross-cultural learning experiences, in-country travel arrangements, free-time exploration, and other services as per the special needs of its participating volunteers.
International Volunteer HQ
IVHQ provides safe, quality and extremely affordable volunteering placements in developing countries all over the world. Each year they place over 1500 people into volunteer abroad in Kenya, Kenya-Maasai, Tanzania, Ghana, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Peru - Cusco, Peru - Lima, and Thailand. In 2009-2010 IVHQ plans to open new programs in Bolivia, Mexico, the Philippines, China and South Africa.
IVHQ assists developing countries by providing volunteers to work in a variety of jobs such as teaching, medical work, HIV/AIDS awareness, women empowerment, sports education, construction work, conservation work and orphanage assistance. Volunteers can choose to work on projects for various periods of time, ranging anywhere from one day to six months. IVHQ’s partner organizations in these countries will place you in institutions which align your interests and strengths with projects where there is a real need for help and assistance.
Habitat for Humanity: Global Village Volunteer Program
Joining a Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip offers the experience of another culture while making a difference in the lives of others. As a Global Village volunteer, you will work alongside members of the host community in building decent, affordable housing. Your active partnership will help raise awareness of the burden of poverty housing and create a true global village of love, community, homes and hope.
Habitat’s Global Village Volunteer Program welcomes all who want to make a difference by picking up a hammer and helping to change lives. There is no maximum age limit. Many of the trips require strenuous manual labor, so all participants should be in good health.
As a Global Village volunteer, you may work on house construction, renovations or disaster relief. Trip itineraries are balanced with plenty of work, rest and free time. Depending on the length of the trip, most teams spend a few days discovering the area and participating in local cultural activities. Habitat for Humanity Global Village volunteer teams work in the United States and around the world.