Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some common questions students ask us about our study abroad and away programs. If you have additional questions, contact the Centre Global office. 


Each year Centre offers faculty-led programs in Strasbourg, France; Merida, Mexico; and London. Also, Centre students regularly participate in Centre-sponsored programs in England at the University of Reading, Rose Bruford University in Yamaguchi, Japan, Akita, Japan, Thimphu, Bhutan and in Northern Ireland, in Glasgow, Scotland, in Taipei, Taiwan, in Alicante, Spain, in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, and in Shanghai, China, and in Nantes, France. Students also may participate in faculty-developed and led CentreTerm or summer study abroad/away courses. Centre also offers students Study Away opportunities in New York City and Washington D.C. 

The costs of our semester programs are the same as studying on the main Danville campus, plus a $400 non-refundable administrative deposit and airfare. The additional costs of the specialized, January Centre—Term and Summer Term programs vary from $3,000 to $6,000.

Deposits and payments can be made by check, cash or credit/debit card to the Deputy Bursar, located in the Horky House. You may also call 859-235-5452 to make a payment over the phone. We also accept online payments for off-campus programs through CashNet. There is a fee of 2.85% for credit/debit cards (bank charge) and $0.50 for ACH transfers. Please note Centre Global does not handle these payments. 

Yes. Centre has endowed funds designated to help some students on need-based financial aid to cover some additional costs of study abroad programs. Also, rising seniors who receive need-based financial aid and have unmet need (or “gap”) and who have not yet studied abroad or away before their final year may be eligible to receive a Senior Subsidy to help pay for a Centre-Term or summer program during their senior year.

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.

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, and certain science majors talk with their advisors and figure out their study abroad plans early in their college career—before registering for their freshman Centre-Term and spring term courses.

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.

Yes. You now may study abroad more than once in your Centre career, you may also participate in as many Centre-Term and K.I.I.S. programs as you wish (and can afford) as long as you meet your required 4 year graduation timeline.

Each year Centre Global hosts an Unveiling of study abroad programs. This exciting event seeks to inform students about new faculty-led CentreTerm and summer courses as well as flagship programs for the coming academic year, and culminates with the opening of the study abroad application system. This year's Unveiling will take place on Thursday, November 16th, 2023, and Applications will open this same day at 11:59pm.

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 Centre-Term 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. Yes. Every year in late January, a call goes out to students to apply for a small number of restricted funds to support study abroad. These awards are highly competitive. More information on them is available under the Awards heading.

Centre Global offers a small number of restricted funds to support study abroad. These scholarship awards are highly competitive, and most follow a need-based set of criteria. Students will have the ability to apply for study abroad scholarships within the study abroad application system. Please refer to the Important Dates page for more information. 

Right now. Let your advisor know when you are thinking of studying abroad. Please contact Centre Global to schedule a meeting, we are happy to work with you as you explore all of the opportunities available to you.

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 accepted into a study abroad program, since it can sometimes take six or more weeks. You can do this at the Danville USPS office on Main Street. 

Please refer to our Before You Go page for more passport details, including costs.