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Columbia College provides study abroad opportunities. Students are encouraged to explore opportunities to study outside the United States. The college is a member of the Missouri Study Abroad Intercollegiate Consortium (MOSAIC) and the Central College (IA) study abroad consortium.

The college also offers a study abroad tour to a different country each year. Participants in the study tour may enroll for up to six hours of course credit as part of the eight week session preceding the trip. Dr. Brian Kessel is the Study Abroad Advisor and advises students about the availability, value and academic appropriateness of these programs.

To help defray costs for study abroad, students may apply for financial aid through Registration and Financial Services. Federal financial aid, such as the Pell Grant or student loans, can be used to help finance study abroad. General institutional grants and awards cannot be used for study abroad, but students may apply for a Columbia College Study Abroad Scholarship. Students who are interested in obtaining more information about these opportunities should contact Dr. Brian Kessel, Study Abroad Advisor.

Study Abroad Application

All Columbia College Students studying abroad should complete the Study Abroad Application. All students should complete page 1. Students receiving credit from institutions other than Columbia College must also complete page 2.

Study Abroad application

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Summer Study Tour 2013: BELIZE

Join students, faculty and staff on a 10-day tour of Belize. This tour includes visits to the ancient Mayan temples of Lamanai, Xunantunich and Tikal (Guatemala), snorkeling at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, a wildlife river cruise to Belize City, cave tubing, ziplining, and even an overnight camping trip on the site of a Mayan temple.

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Trip dates: May 24, 2013 – June 2, 2013
Prices start at $2999 and include airfare, lodging, 1-2 meals per day and more. College credit is available for eligible students through 8-week courses starting in March. Qualified students may apply for a Study Abroad Scholarship to help defray tour costs. To get more information or sign up for this tour, visit Casterbridge Tours at and enter Tour ID 83894.

DEADLINE for online registration is February 3, 2013!

Missouri Study Abroad Intercollegiate Consortium (MOSAIC)

DEADLINE for application: March 1st, 2013: Study Abroad MOSAIC application form 2013 (Word)

Columbia College is a member of an 8-institution consortium called MOSAIC or Missouri Study-Abroad Inter-Collegiate Consortium - along with Central Methodist University, Culver-Stockton College, Fontbonne University, Hannibal LaGrange College, Maryville University, Missouri Valley College, and Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. cathedral Santa Maria del FioreThe mission of MOSAIC is to provide a range of summer programs throughout the world for our students taught by faculty from member institutions For detailed course descriptions and more information, contact Dr. Brian Kessel.

Locations for 2013!

Graham Higgs' Study Abroad in Oxford

Study Abroad Scholarship

Current full-time sophomore and juniors who are planning to attend an approved study abroad program may be eligible for a study abroad award of varying amounts. Students must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA and at least 24 semester hours of coursework at Columbia College and be able to serve as a Columbia College Global Ambassador following their return. Application deadline for spring, summer or fall 2013 study abroad is November 30, 2012. Applications and questions should be directed to Dr. Brian Kessel.

Study Abroad Scholarship

For more information contact: Dr. Brian Kessel, Study Abroad Coordinator, ph: 875-7625 or e-mail: