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TCU Summer Programs


TCU offers 15 – 20 summer study abroad programs led by TCU faculty from various academic departments. The programs change every year and vary in length, location, and credits, but all offer students the opportunity to study abroad alongside TCU faculty, in a close-knit experience as they take the classroom abroad.
Apply now! The date of submission is used to determine admission to the programs and space is limited. The next set of applications will be reviewed after December 1.


Summer 2017 Programs
An Italian Musical Journey Florence & Venice, Italy
Consumption and Culture in Peru Peru
Contemporary Issues in China: Politics, Culture and Economics Beijing & Shanghai, China
Environmental Issues in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Evidence-based Practice in Speech-Language Pathology – Full Melbourne & Sydney, Australia
Exploring Film, TV and Sports in Ireland Dublin, Ireland
France Today: Citizenship, Identity and Nationalism Montpellier, France
Global Perspectives in Health – Applications Closed Florence & Reggio Emilio, Italy
Growing up as Global Citizens London
Health Communication and Infectious Disease Panama City, Panama
Higher Education in Ireland and Great Britain Dublin, London
International Experiences in Education – Full Paris, Amsterdam, London & Wiesbaden, Germany
International Exploration of Health Care, Culture and Communication in South America Santiago, Chile & Buenos Aires, Argentina
Parliament, Persuasion and People – Full London & Edinburgh
Political and Economic Transition – Full  Budapest, Prague, Vienna & Dubrovnik, Croatia
South African Biodiversity and Human Development South Africa
Spanish and Culture in Salamanca – Full Salamanca, Spain
Strategic Communication in London – Full London
Transnational Human Trafficking Delhi, India

Costs & Withdrawal Penalties

Costs for Summer 2017

  1. Participation Confirmation Fee: $500. Reserves your spot on the program and is used to begin making initial reservations abroad on your behalf. The Participation Confirmation is non-refundable unless TCU cancels the program.*
  2. TCU Tuition: Current cost per credit hour ($1,480) x number of hours being pursued. For most programs, this is 3 credit hours ($4,440) or 6 credit hours ($8,880).
  3. Program Fee: $1,500 – $3,500 (estimated) covers housing and medical insurance. It may or may not include meals or other program-related expenses. Program fees vary, and students should consult their program page for exact costs.
  4. Additional Expenses: Students are responsible for airfare, personal spending money and other outside expenses not included in the program fee. Individual budgets for study abroad are highly variable.

*Participation Confirmation Fee

To enroll in a Summer Faculty-Led Program, students must pay a non-refundable $500 Participation Confirmation Fee to secure their place in a program. The purpose of this non-refundable fee is to secure enrollment and convey the student’s commitment to participate in the program. Under no circumstances is the $500 payment refundable.

Students in need of scholarships and financial aid should contact the Office of Financial Aid before paying the $500 Participation Confirmation Fee to learn about their options. Alternatively, students can wait until financial awards are announced to pay their $500 payment, but your spot is not confirmed until the payment is made.

Cancellation Policy: If you decide to withdraw from a program, you must notify the Center for International Studies in writing: The date of this correspondence is used to determine the percentage of the Program Fee owed to TCU:

Between February 8 – March 7: 25% of the program fee due to TCU
Between March 8 – March 31: 50% of the program fee due to TCU
April 1 or later: 100% of the program fee due to TCU

Any amount owed will be collected via the TCU student account.

Scholarships and Aid

There are significant financial resources for summer study abroad. For a full overview, please visit the Scholarships & Aid page. In particular, summer students should review the following TCU awards:

Need-based grants: based on the FAFSA and the number of hours of summer coursework. Apply directly to the Financial Aid office using this form.

Essay-based scholarships: based on a personal essay, these awards invest in students who are curious learners and deep thinkers, interested in engaging with people and issues of the world. Students who have not received an award before may apply for the Center for International Studies Award. Students who have previously received an award and are seeking a second study abroad experience may apply for the Multiplying Study Abroad Award.

Criteria-based scholarships: there are two criteria-based awards. The Launch Award  is for Community Scholars, Pell Grant Recipients, and other students receiving significant FAFSA-based aid. The second is the TCU Scholar Award for Chancellor’s Scholars, Provost Scholars, and Deans Scholars and other students receiving academic scholarships.


Early Aid Deadline: October 20, 2016
Regular Aid Deadline: December 1, 2016
Late applications will be considered on a funds-available basis through January 20, 2017

Many additional awards are available that you may qualify for – see our grants and scholarships search engine for more information.

How to Apply

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Minimum 2.8 TCU GPA. First-year students, transfer students, and students with a lower GPA may be accepted by petition.
  • At least two semesters at TCU by the start of the program
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at TCU

Application Deadlines

  • Early Admission: October 20, 2016
  • Regular Admission: December 1, 2016
  • Late Admission: January 20, 2017

Application Steps 

  1. Complete the TCU Study Abroad FormsSelect your program, click “Complete Forms,” and log in with your credentials. There are three review cycles: October 20, December 1, and January 20.
  2. Upon acceptance, pay the $500 Participation Confirmation. Approximately two weeks after each deadline, you will receive a decision on your application. If you are accepted, you must pay the non-refundable $500 participation confirmation to confirm your spot.

Pre-Departure Information

Passports, Visas, and Flights

All students need a passport, valid at least 6 months after the program ends. Confirm that your passport is valid or apply for a new one immediately. Some programs require visas. If your program requires a visa, your faculty leaders will provide instructions on the visa application process. If you are not a U.S. citizen, check to see if you will need a visa. Wait to purchase your airline ticket until you are notified to do so by your faculty leader.

Requirements Before Departure

  1. Attend the mandatory on-campus orientation meetings with your faculty leader.
  2. Review Preparing to Depart, especially the Pre-Departure Checklist and Health, Safety & Emergencies sections
  3. Provide copies of your travel itinerary to your faculty leader.
  4. Carefully review the Academic Regulations.

Arrival and On-Site Information

Follow the group instructions provided by your faculty leaders. This information will include when to arrive, how to meet your group, and where you will be staying. During your first few days, you will attend an on-site orientation led by your faculty leader.