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Study Abroad Programs

Studying abroad is a learning adventure that helps students to improve critical thinking skills. It prepares students for the competitive global world into which students will graduate!

Currently, Owens Community College offers programs to China, Peru, and Belgium, but it is possible to study overseas in many other countries overseas through organizations such as the University Studies Abroad Consortium, and other organizations. Owens students have traveled abroad to China, Peru, Greece and Spain. Please make an appointment by calling 567-661-2773 to find out opportunities that are available to Owens students.

Please click on the links below for information about specific Owens programs:

China Study Tour

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China Study Tour Canceled for 2013

Earn Owens credit and study abroad for two weeks!

This exciting opportunity will introduce students to the language, culture and history of China. China is a one of the oldest civilizations in the world, and is now the second largest economy in the world. Participants will spend the first week of the study tour at Ningbo Polytechnic, a college located approximately 80 miles south of Shanghai, and the second week touring three major cities: Shanghai, Beijing, and Xi’an.

Highlights include:

  • Beginning Chinese language classes
  • Lectures in Chinese history, economy, society and culture
  • Cultural experiences such as calligraphy, Chinese opera, dumpling making and Kung Fu.
  • Guided tours of Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China and the Olympic Main Bird nest Stadium
  • Guided tours in Shanghai and Xi’an
China Quick Facts
Population: 1,339,724,852,( 1st )
Capital: Beijing
Largest City: Shanghai
-Total: $6.988 trillion (2nd )
-Per-capita: $5,184 (90th )
Area: 9,640,821 km2 ( 4th )

Dates: May, 2014

Course Credit: Students should enroll in World Studies 200, a one credit eight-week course that will begin in March, 2014. Upon successful completion of the study tour, students will earn an additional two credits, for a total of three credit hours.

Program Fees: $3,500 - $3,600 (subject to change)

The Program Fee Includes: Airfare to and from China, tuition for classes in China, lodging, meals, transportation in China and admission fees.

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Program Fee Does not Include: Passport fees, one-credit study abroad preparation course at Owens, souvenirs, pocket expenses, incidentals, gratuities, medical deductible, airport fees for excess baggage (if applicable), and immunization fees

Can Financial Aid be used? Each student’s financial aid situation is unique. To find out if financial aid is available to you, make an appointment with Deborah Gavlik by calling (567) 661-2773.

Application: Click on “Application” on left


  • Application: November 1, 2013
  • Deposit of $200: Due December 1, 2013
  • First Half of Remaining Payment Due: February 15, 2014
  • Second Half of Remaining Payment Due: March 15, 2014

For more information, please contact Deborah Gavlik at or (567) 661-7510 or Elaine Shafer at or (567) 661-2051

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Peru Culture and Service Abroad

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This program is full.

This program is brought to you by Community colleges for International Development, Inc. as a membership service to your home college that participates in this program.

In delivering this program, CCID cooperates with Los Amigos, a non-profit organization based in South Dakota that coordinates visits to the Mission in Chimbote. On the program you will meet students from other partner community colleges. You will also have an opportunity to interact with local residents through the volunteer work in which you will be participating.

The Experience in a Nutshell:

  • Spend 10 days in Peru
  • Earn college credits
  • Learn about social, economic and other aspects of life in Chimbote and its impoverished neighborhoods
  • Appreciate learning about local culture and customs through interactsions with local residents
  • Have a hands-on learning experience through volunteering at the local shelters, clinics and agencies.

The Program

The group will spend most time in Chimbote, volunteering at local shelters, clinics and assistance agencies. There is a one-day tour to an Incan cultural site outside of Chimbote. The group also spends a day and a half in the capital city of Peru, Lima, on their return to the U.S. The program works predominantly with the poorest residents in Chimbote and offers an opportunity to learn about efforts of how those populations are being assisted by various programs.

Dates: May 14, 2013 – May 24, 2013

Site(s): Chimbote and Lima, Peru

Course Credit: Students should enroll in World Studies 200, a two-credit eight-week course that will begin in March, 2013. Upon successful completion of the course and the study abroad experience, students will earn a total of two credits.

Estimated Program Fees:   $1,750 - $1,950
Program fees are subject to change until program costs are finalized and the airline ticket are purchased. Program fees may vary among departure cities.

Program Fee Includes: Round trip airfare to Peru, health insurance, lodging at the Mission, meals (three daily), airport transportation and local transfers, cultural activities, and fees for scheduled cultural visits.

Program Fee Does Not Include: Cost of college tuition, passport (if applicable), visa fees (if applicable), airport exit fees, medical deductible, pocket expenses/incidentals, gratuities, individual airport transfer (if applicable), and immunization fees (as applicable).

Can Financial Aid be Used? Each student’s financial aid situation is unique. To find out if financial aid is availab e to you, please make an appointment with Deborah Gavlik by calling (567) 661-2773

Departure City: Detroit, Michigan


  • February 1, 2013 -- Completed CCID program application and a non-refundable $200 deposit
  • March 12, 2013 -- Payment of program fee due in full

Belgium Full Semester Exchange Program

Study for a full semester with our exchange partner, the Haute Ecole Libre Mosane (HELMo), in the heart of Europe! Belgium is famous for its beer and chocolate, and is also home to the capital of the European Union, Brussels. Belgium is bordered by France, the Netherlands, Germany and Luxembourg with a population about the same as Ohio. Three languages are spoken in Belgium – French, German and Dutch. Approximately 7,000 students study at HELMo at 13 different institutes in and around Liege, Belgium.


  • Select courses offered in English from a list of 15 courses.
  • Sign up for a 2-week French “crash course” that begins two weeks before regular classes
  • Live with international students from all over the world in one of two Erasmus Houses, which are within walking distance to the campus.

Dates: September 15, 2013 – January 30, 2014
French "Crash" Course – First two weeks in September

Where: Liege, Belgium

Courses Offered in English:

  • IBC Cost Accounting
  • Global Economic Issues
  • Negotiation Techniques
  • International Law
  • Audit Marketing
  • IBC International Marketing
  • Services Marketing
  • IBC Management Computing
  • IBC European Integration
  • Media and Marketing
  • IBC Intercultural Marketing
  • IBC Supply Chain Management
  • IBC Business Ethics
  • IBC Offshoring
  • French as a Foreign Language: crash course
  • French as a Foreign Language: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Business English: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Business Dutch: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Business German: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Business Spanish: Basic/Intermediate/Advanced
  • Program Fees:
  • Tuition: Owens’ tuition $1,900 - $2,100
  • Estimated Airfare: $1,800
  • Housing: $2,200 - $2,350 for 5 months
  • Food – estimated at $2,500 for 5 months
  • Other costs – passport, visa, insurance, travel within Belgium and Europe

Can Financial Aid be Used? Each student’s financial aid situation is unique. To find out if financial aid is available to you, please make an appointment with Deborah Gavlik by calling (567) 661-2773.

Eligibility: Must have eared at least 20 credit hours and have a GPA of at least 2.0

Application: click on "Application" on left


  • Application: April 1, 2013

For more information contact International Services at (567) 661-2773

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