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Fall Semester Away Logistics

Participating in the Fall Semester Away (FSA) program requires some special planning in order to take full advantage of these immersive academic adventures. Please read below and get ready to go!

Passport and Visa

All FSA students must hold a current U.S. passport with an expiration date at least six months beyond the end of the program in December. Students who hold non-U.S. passports should contact the Admission Office for specific details about their arrangements and entry requirements.

Health and Safety

All students participating in off-campus study will need to comply with regular student insurance requirements, in addition to study abroad considerations. Making plans for your off-campus experience is not limited to a packing list and textbooks, it also needs to include time spent considering your health options and access.

Travel can put an undue amount of emotional strain on an individual, and while much of your off-campus experience will be beneficial and positive, we are also aware that significant changes can bring unforeseen impacts and outcomes. With that in mind, it is important that should you have any concerns whatsoever, that you speak with your doctor, mental health professional, or other health care provider to advise you on how to take care of yourself and address any mental health needs. If you think you may potentially need accommodation for any disabilities, please contact the admissions office so that we can put you in touch with the right person to discuss what kind of accommodations you might need while on a study abroad semester.

All students and faculty leaders participating in CC programs abroad are covered by both SOS emergency travel assistance and UHP health insurance. For more information, see the International Programs Health and Safety page.

Pre-Departure Planning

Planning for a class off-campus is one of the most exciting times in your CC career.

A good basic rule of thumb in packing for a long period abroad is that less is more. Pack only what you will absolutely need, saving room for personal purchases and souvenirs while you're abroad. One large bag is the maximum you should be bringing with you — be it a duffle or a backpack.

Do you really need three jackets? No, no you don't! Pack one that covers all your bases — warmth, waterproof, and lightweight. Think function for packing, fashion for purchasing!

We recommend packing one week's worth of clothing, then doing your laundry at any of the provided or cheap facilities you'll find along your travels.

Students should arrive at CC with only the things they plan to take to Costa Rica and Belize for the FSA program. There is no on-campus storage for the semester they are abroad, and should only make plans to move into their dorms upon returning to campus in January.

Additional packing list suggestions will be provided in July.

Tuition, Fees, and Expenses

So, what does all this awesomeness cost? Well, your classes will be at the same rate as regular CC tuition. Your room and board will be the same as if you were living in a double room on-campus, and on the meal planA group flight from Denver to Costa Rica, and Costa Rica back to the US, as well as transportation from Costa Rica to Belize, are all covered by tuition and fees. Students will have to book their December flight from the return flight hub (the flight from Belize to the US) to their home airport.

Arrival at CC Pre-departure Orientation

FSA students will first come to campus for an on-campus orientation. Parents are welcome to arrive for this orientation. Additional information about orientation dates and program will be available after students are admitted to the program.

August 19:  Arrival and reception for students and parents
August 19-23:  Orientation
August 23:  Orientation and fly out
August 24-25: San Jose and Heredia orientation and introduction to homestay families

Housing during the orientation will be provided off campus at the Holiday Inn Express south of campus.