Office of International Education - Study Abroad Programs

 Dear Islanders,

Andre Gide said, “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” Though the idea of studying abroad may seem daunting to many students, the reality is that students need to study abroad now more than ever.

The world is growing increasingly smaller and interactions with other individuals from around the world are inevitable. It is our hope that study abroad experiences will help students grow in ways that they never imagined possible before. Oliver Wendell Holmes said that “A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” While each study abroad student experience their programs in different ways, each finds a new approach to see themselves or the world around them. Study abroad will definitely help with self-exploration and self-development.

The TAMU-CC Office of International Education and Study Abroad program staff are here to assist students with many facets of the study abroad process. We strive to provide students with as much information as possible before they commit to a program. We assist faculty in program development to ensure that they have the proper support in-country for programs that they will lead. We also support academic advisors with general study abroad advising.

There is a lot to learn and understand about studying abroad, but it's never too early to start researching and planning!

Come and see us today to plan ahead for your future study abroad!


Fall 2020 Office Operations Update:

Due to social distancing requirements, and to help minimize health risks for students and our staff, the Office of International Education (includes study abroad programs) is encouraging students to request for remote advising appointments when possible.

Our standard hours of operation for the fall semester are Monday through Friday between 8am-5pm (CST). For appointment requests, we ask students to request appointment times that fall within the following date/timeframes: Monday through Friday between 8am-12pm (CST), or 1pm-5pm (CST). Please request appointments a few days in advance to allow for our office staff to confirm your appointment with you. 

Please note that the OIE staff will be working remotely periodically throughout the semester, so face-to-face appointments might not always be possible for a requested date or time. 

To request an appointment with study abroad staff, please call (361) 825-3346, or email: Study.Abroad@tamucc.edu

General program inquiries can also be sent to: Study.Abroad@tamucc.edu


UPCOMING EVENTS: 

TAMU-CC Virtual Study Abroad Fair

Date: November 18, 2020

Time: 10am-2pm (Tentative) - Fair format and participating partners information will be coming soon. 

RSVP for Virtual Study Abroad Fair here: https://tamucc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yH1gNxvsxXCwLP 


 

FALL 2020 Forum on Education Abroad's Virtual Study Abroad Fair
WHEN: SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
WHAT: The Forum on Education Abroad is an international organization for study abroad programs, organizations, and institutions. This year, they hosting a virtual study abroad fair that will be open to many college students from various colleges/universities around the U.S. 
HOW: To register for the event, visit: https://event.vconferenceonline.com/microsite/html/event.aspx?id=1697
The event is FREE for TAMU-CC students.
WHO: Study Abroad Affiliate/Provider Programs students should check-out at the virtual study abroad fair:  
  • ISA by World Strides
  • API
Specific Overseas Universities presenting during the virtual study abroad fair that students can study at (through one of the TAMU-CC affiliate partners/providers - API, ISA, CIS Abroad, or CEA): 
  • Dublin City University
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • University of Limerick
  • University College of Dublin
  • John Cabot University
  • Freie Universitat Berlin - FU-BEST & FUBIS Programs
  • The American College of Greece
  • American College of Thessaloniki
  • Lorenzo de' Medici
  • University of Melbourne
  • James Cook University

UPDATE REGARDING SPRING 2021 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS:

As of September 28, 2020, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi has made the difficult decision to SUSPEND all outbound study abroad and exchange programs for Spring 2021. As international travel restrictions and the health and safety issues surrounding COVID-19 remain uncertain, suspending spring 2021 study abroad and exchange programs was unavoidable. Please know that this decision was made with the students best interests, as well as their health and safety, in mind. 

UPDATE REGARDING SUMMER 2021 STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS: 

As of September 28, 2020, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi is tentatively approving study abroad programs for summer 2021. We will continue to monitor international travel restrictions and health and safety issues as time progresses to ensure that summer 2021 programs can resume safely.

If there are no improvements to international travel restrictions or healthy and safety surrounding COVID-19 in the spring semester, there is a high possibility that summer 2021 programs may be suspended as well. Decisions regarding summer 2021 programs will be made in early spring semester. 


Update (08/13/2020): Super Saturday (Special Campus Hours) 

This saturday, August 15, 2020 (9:00am-1:00pm), the TAMU-CC campus will open its doors for the Super Saturday event for both prospective and current/returning students for Fall 2020. Students will have access to the following buildings/office services: 

  • SSC (Round Building) – Financial Aid, Admissions Back of the House Operation, Registrar, Bursar, Testing
  • WELCOME CENTER – Admissions and Recruitment (counseling and assisting students)
  • O’CONNOR 135 – Academic Advisors from each college, PSA, and VIP

NOTICES RELATED TO COVID-19 OR INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL 

For the latest campus updates, visit the TAMU-CC Coronavirus Updates page here

Update (06/24/2020):

Fall 2020 Programs Cancelled - Due to recent increases in COVID-19 and ongoing travel restrictions, TAMU-CC will be canceling all Fall 2020 study abroad and exchange programs. Students who were anticipating going abroad for Fall 2020 are encouraged to work with their Academic Advisors to ensure that they are able to continue with on-campus courses for the fall. The Office of International Education will be in touch with Fall 2020 program applicants to further discuss what the next appropriate steps will be, with regards to program cancellations and/or how to postpone their study abroad to a future semester. 

Update (05/29/2020):

Texas A&M System Regents Vote to Reopen Campus for Fall 2020 - The Island University, along with the other TAMU system schools will be gearing up and transitioning back to in-person classes for fall 2020. There are different safety measures being put in place such as mixed/hybrid courses, social distancing measures, reduced classroom sizes, etc. To learn more about some of the precautionary measures being put in place, read the latest campus announcement

Update (05/05/2020): 

Fall 2020 Programs - TAMU-CC President Kelly Miller delivers recent campus announcement regarding transition back to face-to-face classes for Fall 2020. We are excited to be able to welcome students back to campus this fall, but would like to do so in a safe manner. As the campus community prepares for this transition, services from campus offices, such as ours, might change to accommodate for new health and safety measures. We will provide more updates about changes to programs or services as they become available.  

Update (03/18/2020):

Cancellation of Summer 2020 Programs - Texas A&M University has made the decision to cancel all study abroad programs for summer 2020. Given the unpredictability of the Coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented worldwide travel bans, the university wanted to take precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. The Office of International Education will continue to monitor the situation as the semester progresses. There has not been any final decisions made with regards to Fall 2020 programs; however, we will proceed with those programs with caution. The university still highly discourages any non-essential international travel at this time. 

The Office of International Education is working with the Bursar's Office to ensure that students who applied for TAMU-CC specific faculty-led programs, and who have submitted deposits/payments, receive refunds accordingly. As the suspension of programs was abrupt, we do ask for patience as we ensure that all programs and service providers are notified prior to refunding students. Once the refund process has been initiated, students will be notified via email. 

Update (03/11/2020 at 2:25pm): 

New travel ban - As a precaution, the A&M System has halted all university travel outside of the United States from March 16 through May 1.  Additional decisions about international travel beyond May 1 may be forthcoming. 

Students, faculty and staff currently traveling abroad or returning from travel abroad prior to the ban should follow the CDC guidelines for self-isolation if needed. As a reminder, the A&M system requires students, faculty, staff and visitors traveling from foreign countries designated by the CDC as risk level 2 or 3 to self-isolate for a 14-day period. This applies regardless of whether the travel was personal or business-related.

Update (03/11/2020 at 12:00pm CST):

As the global situation is currently changing daily, there is a lot of uncertainty with regards to the Coronavirus and how that will ultimately effect study abroad programs and international travel. TAMU-CC is highly discouraging any non-essential international travel at this time. Any student, faculty, or staff who has participated in recent international travel are asked to report their travel via the online portal here

As of March 11th, 2020, there is a current TAMU system-wide suspension of programs to China, South Korea and Italy. However, neither the TAMU system nor TAMU-CC has mandated that we suspend or cancel upcoming summer or fall programs to other locations. As such, we will proceed with study abroad or exchange programs that have a start date of May 1st, 2020 or later. Our office will continue to monitor and approve programs on a country-by-country basis. We are consulting with various TAMU-CC campus departments, TAMU System, insurance providers, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as other global partners for additional guidance regarding health, safety, and other necessary measures to ensure participant safety.

As we have seen, the worldwide situation continues to change on a daily basis. Please keep in mind that even though we will proceed with programs for now, there may be a possibility that programs may get canceled in the future.

Our office may have to cancel a program if one or more of the following criteria are met:   

  • TAMU System or TAMU-CC makes the executive decision to cancel ALL study abroad programs to ALL locations
  • Warning levels increase for the country of destination--CDC warning escalates to Level 3 or higher or State Department warming increases to a Level 3 or higher for the country/area of travel
  • The sponsoring academic department decides to cancel the program (in the case of faculty-led programs)
  • The on-site partners, host university, or provider program decides to the cancel programs in specific countries or locations

The Office of International Education will continue to actively monitor the situation and provide updates to program participants as they become available. For more information regarding the Coronavirus and resources, please visit the TAMU-CC Coronavirus Updates page here


How to get in touch with our office:

  • In-person: Office of International Education, University Center, 226
  • By Phone: 361-825-3903 or 361-825-3886
  • By Email: study.abroad@tamucc.edu

Program Announcements: 

  • Coronavirus Updates: For more information regarding the Coronavirus, follow the TAMU-CC Resource page here
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