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Study Abroad

Steps to Studying Abroad

Thanks for your interest in Study Abroad. We are glad to hear that you are excited about Study Abroad.  Several things you must know and think about before you make a decision.

1. Think about the Experience You Want to Have

Create the experience you wish by considering the following: Where and when would you like to travel. What countries appeal to you?  What would you like to study? How is it relative to your major?

Do you want to go abroad for a few weeks, a semester or an academic year? Would you like to interact more with local people or with other American students? Are you interested in a program that offers a lot of support or would you like to be independent while abroad?

Please also note that City Tech offers very few programs directly through our college. (Architectural technology and Hospitality) You would participate through another CUNY school if approved.

2. Research Program Options

Talk with your friends and professors who have study abroad knowledge. Also, browse the Internet by searching for "study abroad" and the topic and/or region you're interested in exploring.

3. Discuss Your Plan with an Academic Adviser and the Academic Study Abroad Programs Adviser

  • Once you have narrowed down your choices to two or three programs, plan to meet with your academic adviser and your major adviser to identify the courses offered by the programs that will fit with your personal and academic goals. Along with your adviser, map out your course work to stay on track to graduate. You should also visit the Academic Study Abroad Programs Adviser to discuss your options for study abroad.
  • You must have good grades (both in your major and in the general education courses).  Minimum GPA for approval a 2.5 with a C or better in Eng. 1101 and depending on the course a C or better in the pre-requisite course. Some programs require a higher GPA. 
  • Would you want credit for the course you take applied to your major?  This can prove very difficult as many City Tech majors are course specific and for the most part study abroad is gen ed  based (culture, language etc.)

4. Choose a Program and Apply

Once you find a program that is a good fit for your interests, you will need to complete your application: the application for the study abroad program in which you have chosen to participate. Remember, popular programs fill up quickly, so make sure to apply early! If you are participating in a study abroad program offered by a CUNY college other than NYCCT, you will need to file an e-permit. Upon acceptance to your CUNY study abroad program, you will be given clear instructions on how and when to file your e-permit.

5. Pay Program Fees and Tuition

If you are participating in a CUNY study abroad program at your home college or any other CUNY institution, you will pay tuition through your home college bursar. You will pay your program fees to your study abroad host college as directed by your specific program. For non-CUNY study abroad, make sure you follow the payment instructions and deadlines for your specific program.

Can you afford to participate?  Please remember that not only do you pay the tuition of the course at City Tech, you pay all the fees to the host college.  You also pay for room, board, insurance, airfare etc.   Financial aid covers none of the expenses.  City Tech offers a small scholarship that you may be eligible for I urge you to apply.

6. Pack, Prepare and Enjoy!

Your time abroad will be the experience of a lifetime. Your program will provide you with orientation materials, a packing list and checklist to help you prepare for your trip. Remember to take a lot of photos to share with family, friends and classmates