Semester-Long Study Abroad Programs
YCP offers a range of opportunities for students to study abroad for a semester or even a year. We offer three kinds of semester-long programs: direct exchange programs, affiliate programs, and third-party provider programs.
Direct Exchange Study Abroad Programs
Direct exchange programs are partnerships that allow universities and colleges to exchange students between institutions for a semester or for an entire academic year. Students pay tuition to YCP and housing to the host university. They also pay their own travel costs.
Because students can use federal, state, and merit aid toward tuition for exchange programs, these programs often have lower overall costs. However, exchange programs have fewer planned excursions or on-site services and customized support. Students should be prepared for an independent experience that requires flexibility, self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.
Students have access to most courses that the university offers in a wide range of academic disciplines. Many courses will be offered in English; however, students may be required to take courses in the local language with native speakers of that language, depending on the program. Exchange programs offer the opportunity to get deeply involved in the local culture and community.
Integrated Semester and Affiliate Programs
YCP also partners with several international institutions and study abroad organizations that offer semester programs across the globe. These programs can be approved for YCP credit for major, minor, or elective requirements.
Integrated semester programs offer study abroad opportunities that were designed especially with certain majors in mind. Many of the courses have already been mapped onto the YCP curriculum. While any student can participate in these programs, these particular locations were targeted for the specific majors.
Affiliate programs are at institutions with which YCP has a partnership. Their programs can be approved for YCP credit for major, minor, or elective requirements.
Students can use federal and state financial aid toward these programs and are responsible for all travel costs. Tuition and housing are paid directly to the institution or organization.
In addition to direct exchange and affiliate programs, YCP partners with several third-party study abroad organizations to offer a wide range of study abroad destinations. These programs can be approved for YCP credit for major, minor, or elective requirements.
Provider programs are a good fit for students who want to study abroad with students from other colleges and universities all over the United States. Study abroad providers offer during the application process and have on-site staff to support students when abroad. Students can use federal and state financial aid toward these programs and are responsible for all travel costs. Tuition and housing are paid directly to the institution or organization.
In all cases, the Study Abroad experience requires that students take initiative and work closely with YCP's Study Abroad staff and their academic advisors to find a program and coursework that fits well with their York College academic requirements.