Study Abroad

Our Summer Short-Term Programs for 2018 is available for your exploration. 

The benefits of participating in a study abroad trip include the following: the opportunity to learn more about your own culture from a different perspective and develop a firsthand understanding of other cultures, people and places; form friendships that will last a lifetime; increase self-confidence and to demonstrate to prospective employers that you are internationally aware - it looks great on a resume.

General Notes

  • Cost of the short-term programs (8-14 days) ranges from $1,850-3,500 per person.
  • TCC tuition and fees are in addition to the program cost.
  • Early deposits are required. Non-refundable restrictions and cancelation penalties may apply.
  • Trips are small group based, usually 10-20 participants.
  • Students should check with the Financial Aid office to determine if they qualify for financial aid.
  • Students participating in a travel abroad experience are required to purchase international travel insurance directly from iNext.  Study abroad faculty leaders will communicate with students regarding the purchasing process for travel insurance.

Impact of Study Abroad on Intercultural Sensitivity

In collaboration with TCC’s Office of Planning and Institutional Research, a pre and post study was conducted on our study abroad participants to measure the impact of the study abroad experience on students’ intercultural sensitivity. When comparing the pre and post surveys, two items were found to have significant changes. Those changes were “I can be as sociable as I want to be when interacting with people from different cultures,” and “I tend to wait before forming an impression of culturally-distinct counterparts.” Of the students that participated in the research, 50% of them had never traveled outside the United States prior to the study abroad trip. In the open-ended question about civic or community involvement, students reported interest in volunteering in the following areas: hospitals, dental clinics, Tulsa City-County Library, voice for Study Abroad, child development, arts, language club, cultural event activities, hosting an exchange student, parks and recreation, and colleges. Review the program analysis data.

Internships/Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad Programs in Oklahoma

Acadia University: Acadia University provides various internship programs in several countries, which are combined with academic courses.

AIESEC: AIES provides internships in 107 countries and U.S. territories. The duration can be between two and 18 months.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation: ASF works to build better understanding between the U.S. and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. Exchange study opportunities, grants, intern/trainee sponsorships are available.

Boren Awards for International Study: Boren scholarships and fellowship provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an international and language component to their educations. Boren focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange: CBYX program is for motivated high school students who want to live with a host family and attend school for an academic year in Germany. You must be between 15 and 18, with a GPA 3.0 or above to apply.

Connect 123: Connect 123 develops and administers volunteer, internship, and study abroad programs in Cape Town (South Africa) and Buenos Aires (Argentina) through local companies, institutes, health care clinics and the University of Cape Town.

Cross Cultural Solutions: CCS provides international volunteer opportunities for students, adults, families, teens, working professionals and groups to work side by side with local people. Their program terms are usually two to 12 weeks.

Council on International Educational Exchange: CIEE provides teaching opportunities for thee who want to take time off to travel and gain international experience. See the world and return to the home with an increased visibility in a highly competitive workforce.

Dublin Internships: Dublin Internships provides career oriented internships in Dublin. You must be a college junior, senior or a graduate to apply.

Eldis: Eldis lists worldwide job opportunities.

EPA Internships: EPA arranges internships in London, Edinburgh, Germany, Brussels and Madrid. Academic credits can be applicable through the University of Rochester or Northern Illinois University. You must be a college junior or senior, with a GPA 3.0 or above to apply.

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (U.S. Department of Education): FLAS fellowship program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowship to undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies.

Global Vision International: GVI provides more than 150 volunteer projects and internship programs in 40 countries. Arrangements can be made as short as for a week.

Global Volunteer Network: GVN offers volunteer service opportunities in community projects in developing countries (South America, Africa, and Asia) to support the work of local community organizations.

Institute of European Studies: IES Abroad has been providing study abroad programs for 60 years. IES helps students with their travel funds; financial aid, various grants and scholarships.

Institute of International Education: IIE locates the directory of various study abroad scholarships, fellowships, grants and paid internships for U.S. undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate students, and professionals.

Interim Programs: Taking a "gap year" is common practice in Europe. Rather than going straight to college, students take a year off to immerse themselves in other cultures. A "gap year" can range anywhere from a week to several months.

International Cooperative Education: ICE provides unique opportunities to U.S. college students to gain practical work experience abroad. ICE arranges paid internships in Europe, Australia, Asia and South America.

International Research & Exchanges Board: IREX designs and consults programs to support international research, professional fellowships, undergraduate and graduate study abroad.

Intrax: Intrax offers international internships in Europe and Asia to qualifying college students.

The Institute of Economic and Political Studies: INSTEP provides semester and summer internship programs in London and Cambridge.

The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program: JET Program is developed to promote grassroots of international exchange between Japan and other nations. The participants will work in Japan as an assistant language teacher, a coordinator for international relations or sports exchange advisor. The program is funded by Japanese ministry. You must be no more than 40 years old and have a bachelor's degree.

OneWorld: OneWorld supports the latest jobs and volunteer positions from organizations helping to create a better world.

Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program: The Office of Fellowship is responsible for the Smithsonian Institution's programs of research, fellowships and other scholarly appointments for university students and scholars.

The University of Haifa (Haifa, Israel): The International School at the University of Haifa welcomes international students to study at the university on a non-degree basis for a summer, semester or full academic year. Academic credits earned are transferable to home institutions.

The University of Minnesota: The University of Minnesota provides a wide range of exchange opportunities, internship programs and volunteer work in 71 countries.

The University of Rochester: The University of Rochester sponsors semester-long internship programs in various European locations. These internships are combined with eight-credit coursework in the fields of arts, business, health Sciences and politics.

United Nations: UN provides volunteer programs to promote volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. You must be at least 25 years old and have an university degree or higher technical diploma.

UNICEFF: UNICEFF offers student internship programs for a currently enrolled graduate or post-graduate student who is also bilingual. UNICEDD also provides volunteer opportunities for individuals who have an undergraduate degree and several years of work experience.

The United Nations: The United Nations provides opportunities for students enrolled in a graduate program to undertake an internship at its headquarters in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut and Santiago.

U.S. Department of State: The U.S. Department of State offers internships for students of all levels, including opportunities for high school students, undergraduate students and graduate/ post-graduate students.

USAID: USAID is looking for people to fill a variety of Foreign Service positions overseas. Currently, most urgent hiring needs are in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Paid student intern programs are also available. You must have a GPA 2.0 or above to apply.

The World Bank: The World Bank is owned by 187 member countries. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and has more than 10,000 employees since established in 1944. Its mission is to reduce poverty in middle-income class and support world's poorest counties.

Financing Study Abroad

I want to go, but how can I afford to study abroad?

Please review the frequently asked questions regarding financial aid and Study Abroad programming. If you need additional information or have questions please call or email the financial aid contact provided at the bottom of this page. Please keep in mind that students should begin planning and saving for their study abroad experience months in advance. You can start planning by saving a little every week and asking parents and relatives for travel money instead of gifts for your birthday and/or other holidays.

Most forms of financial aid for which students are eligible, including grants, student loans and scholarships may be applied to the cost of TCC-sponsored study abroad programs. Following are some general guidelines for financial aid for study abroad programs. Please remember that every student’s financial aid situation is different. Visit the Tulsa Community College website for a comprehensive overview of financial aid. It is best if you contact the Office of Financial Aid directly for additional information about your situation.

Questions & Answers

Q: Is financial aid available for short term (1-2 week) study abroad programming?

A: Yes, financial aid is available to students seeking a degree from TCC and who are enrolled in credit courses taken on campus, online or through short-term study abroad programming. Each short-term study abroad trip at TCC is coupled with a specific course worth 1 - 4 credit hours.

Q: What types of financial aid are available to me?

A: For a complete list of the type of financial aid available to students seeking a degree from TCC, please see TCC’s Financial Aid Web page. Below is a very general and brief description of the types of financial aid available at TCC:

  • Pell Grant – Pell eligible students may use their eligibility to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, supplies and other educationally related expenses including study abroad programming.
  • Federal Direct Student Loans – students who are enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours) may be eligible for federal direct subsidized and/or unsubsidized student loans to assist with educationally related expenses including study abroad programming.
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loans – parents of federal student aid recipients who are enrolled at least half time may be eligible for a PLUS loan to assist their child with educationally related expenses including study abroad programming.
  • Other financing options may be available through private donations, loans, sponsorships, etc., which you will need to research and seek on your own.

Q: How do I apply for financial aid for study abroad programming?

A: To apply for federal student aid complete the FAFSA for the 2017-2018 academic year, this will serve as the application for Fall 2017, Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 semesters. This application is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Additional application instructions are available on TCC's financial aid Web page.

Q: When and how will I receive my financial aid refund?

A: Students participating in the study abroad will receive their refund in the same manner as all other TCC students. The Financial Aid Office disburses financial aid to student accounts after the add/drop period and confirmation of attendance. After disbursement, the Bursar Office will process refunds of credit balances which are made available on the Tulsa CC card.

Q: How can financial aid probation or suspension affect my study abroad experience?

A: Students on financial aid probation should have an alternative source of funding in place. For example: If you are on financial aid probation for the spring semester and plan to go on a summer intercession trip and the Financial Aid Office determines that you failed to meet the requirements of your “academic plan” you will be placed on financial aid suspension and will be ineligible for summer financial aid. Grades do not post until the term is over, so you could be committed and/or traveling before you find out you are suspended. Please review TCC’s financial aid Web page for more information regarding satisfactory academic progress.

Q: How many credit hours are considered full time in the summer?

A: For financial aid purposes, full time is defined as enrollment in 12+ credit hours for each fall, spring and summer semester. Additional enrollment statuses are defined as three-quarter time 9 to 11 credit hours, half-time 6 to 8 credit hours and less than half time 1 to 5 credit hours. Please be aware that a student cannot enroll in more credit hours than the length of the term; therefore, to be considered full time during the summer semester, you would need to combine an intercession course with traditional summer courses. For example: One May intercession class worth 3 credit hours plus three traditional 3 credit hours classes (9 credit hours) would equal 12 credit hours during the summer semester. You do not have to be enrolled full time to receive financial aid or participate in the short-term study abroad program.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (918) 595-7441 and reference "Study Abroad" or send an email to Missy Makres, assistant director of Financial Aid for Campus Relations and Outreach.