Frequently Asked Questions
Questions first-year students often ask about the study-abroad program at Centre:
Are there indeed two basic kinds of study-abroad opportunities at Centre?
Yes. 1) Centre runs its own recurring, long-term, group residential programs in Strasbourg, France (fall and spring); Merida, Mexico (fall and spring); and London (spring). Also, Centre students regularly participate in Centre-sponsored programs in England at the University of Reading (fall), in Yamaguchi, Japan (fall/CentreTerm), in Northern Ireland (fall or full year), in Glasgow, Scotland (fall), in Segovia, Spain (spring), in Regensburg, Germany (spring), and in Shanghai, China (fall/CentreTerm). 2) Students also participate in specialized, January CentreTerm programs, whose locations change each winter, and a late May-early June Centre program in Strasbourg. Students may also participate in the many Kentucky Institute for International Studies programs. In addition, Centre runs “study away” programs in Washington DC and Chicago during both fall and spring.
How much extra does study-abroad cost here?
The costs of our semester programs are the same as studying on the main Danville campus, with the exception that students pay a $375 surcharge and their airfare. The additional costs of the specialized, January CentreTerm programs vary from about $2,600 to $4,000.
About how much is the airfare for the semester programs?
Merida, London, and Strasbourg-bound students have found student round-trip airfares for around $600-$1300. Centre typically (though not always, depending on current airfare costs) awards students going to Japan and China money toward their airfare, which has cost between $1,300-$1700.
Are there scholarships available to cover any extra costs of the semester programs?
Yes. Centre has an endowed fund designated to help some students on need-based financial aid cover some additional costs of a long-term, residential program. Also, rising seniors who have applied for financial aid and have unmet need (or “gap”) who have not yet studied abroad or away may be eligible to receive a Senior Subsidy to help pay for a CentreTerm or summer program during their senior year.
What’s the best year and best term to study abroad?
Students are not allowed to study abroad during their first year on campus, but we welcome and encourage students to study abroad during sophomore, junior, and/or senior year. There is no right or wrong time to study abroad, though certain factors, such as academic requirements and sports schedules, may influence your decision. Students should be aware that although Centre does guarantee students the opportunity to study abroad, the Centre Commitment does not guarantee that all students can study abroad in the particular program and at the particular time of their choosing. We encourage students to come see us in Old Carnegie to discuss options and the application process.
I’ve heard that it’s difficult for certain science students, such as biology majors who are pre-med, to study abroad. Is this right?
Wrong. The academic schedule of most Centre students allows them to study abroad during any term of their sophomore, junior, or senior year. It’s true that the sequential pattern of courses in a few science majors makes it easiest for those students to study abroad during a particular term. It’s important that students contemplating mathematics, computer science, education, and science majors talk with their advisors and figure out their study-abroad plans early in their college career—before registering for their freshman CentreTerm and spring term courses.
How competitive are the long-term, residential programs? Will I be selected for a slot?
All of our programs have a set number of “spots,” and some programs are more competitive than others. Students should be aware that applying for a program does not guarantee their selection in that program. In the past, the majority of Centre students who have applied for one of our residential programs have been selected, although some have not been selected for a particular program the first time they applied or have not been selected for their top choice. The Centre Commitment does not guarantee that all students can study abroad in the particular program and at the particular time of their choosing. Our office is happy to meet in person with students to discuss the application and selection process.
Can I study abroad more than once?
Yes. Although you may only study abroad once in a semester-long Centre program, you may participate in as many CentreTerm and K.I.I.S. programs as you wish (and can afford).
When do I apply, and how?
Information about and applications for next year’s semester programs as well as CentreTerm offerings will be made available at campus-wide meetings just before and after Thanksgiving and in early January. Applications for the long-term programs are due at the beginning of spring term, and selections are announced within two weeks. CentreTerm trip participants are selected by the faculty sponsors of those courses.
Can you explain how senior subsidy works?
In order to encourage every four-year Centre student to study abroad at least once, the College will help to subsidize the cost of a CentreTerm course abroad during their senior year or a summer course the summer before their senior year for upcoming seniors who 1) are on need-based financial aid with a low government-determined EFC (Expected Family Contribution) and a significant amount of unmet need (“gap”), and 2) have not previously participated in a study abroad or study away program of any sort.
When should I start thinking about studying abroad at Centre?
Obtaining a Passport
If you do not currently have a passport that will remain valid for at least six months after your return date, you should begin the process of obtaining one as soon as you are selected, since it can sometimes take six or more weeks. You can do this at the Danville USPS office on Main Street. Students and faculty members can have official passport photos taken in the Center for Global Citizenship for $5.