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Study abroad at Providence College is an academic experience that enhances student learning beyond the home campus through academic, professional, cultural, and personal development. The PC Center for Global Education maintains four pedagogical goals for study abroad in order to support these areas of development: curricular integration, geographic diversity of program locations, program diversity, and career integration and development.

  • Academically, study abroad is integrated into the PC curriculum. As a result, students receive PC academic credits for their study abroad courses, and they may take a combination of major courses, PC core courses, and electives while abroad in order to remain on track for graduation.
  • Professionally, study abroad provides the environment for students to gain a competitive edge with their careers and other post-graduation plans.
  • Culturally, study abroad offers the opportunity for immersive experiences in which students augment their understanding of cultural differences and similarities.
  • Personally, study abroad is a time for students to grow as individuals and increase their level of independence. Through this self-reliance, students often discover their personal strengths and future goals.

Students from all majors in the School of Business are eligible to study abroad. In fact, business majors comprise about one-third of all PC study abroad students.

Students may study abroad for a semester, a full academic year, or a summer. Please visit the Center for Global Education website for more information on eligibility requirements and getting started.

When you are ready to select a study abroad program, the Center for Global Education and the School of Business have approved a list of programs for business majors with more than 40 program options in more than 20 different countries.

Students should start planning at least one year in advance by working with their academic advisors. Students are also encouraged to meet with a study abroad advisor to select their program and discuss their plans. The Center for International Studies offers an annual study abroad fair, information sessions, walk-in advising hours, and advising appointments.

In addition to semester-long study abroad offerings, PC and the PCSB also sometimes offers short-term study abroad opportunities.

Please contact the Center for Global Education for more campus-wide information, and see below for future and past offerings from the PCSB:

Harkins Hall 215
Phone: 401-865-2114
Fax: 401-865-2455

Upcoming Offerings

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: January 2-11, 2020

The Providence College School of Business (PCSB) is offering the opportunity for PC students to study in Sydney, Australia.  Students will participate in an international business course taught by Global Academic Adventures (GAV) while in Sydney.  Students will then complete specific coursework in either FIN 419-International Finance or MGT 471-International Business, in an accelerated format, the first few weeks of Spring 2020, taught by PCSB Professors Marcin Krolikowski (FIN) and John Schibler (MGT).

Requirements of the Program


The GAV program expects some minimal background in business as part of the GAV course, taught in-country.  For example, exposure to courses such as marketing, economics, accounting, etc.  In addition, the courses below do have prerequisites, which are required:

  • FIN 419: International Finance (required finance major course) – prerequisites: ECN 101 and 102
  • MGT 479: Special Topics in Comparative Studies in International Business (required management elective course) – prerequisite: MGT 301

Please note, the program requires both a minimum number of students to run, as does each of the prerequisite courses.

Academic and Disciplinary Standing

Students may not participate in this study abroad program if a student’s college record reflects any serious disciplinary action or probationary period up to the time of departure. Students also represent Providence College (PC) and PC School of Business and are expected to behave professionally and adhere to all college policies. By not following policies or acting in accordance to these policies and professional behavior, this may lead to your removal from the course and trip experience, forfeiting all financial investments.

In addition, the Center for International Studies requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for faculty-short-term programs. However, due to the nature of the academic course material, the PCSB requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Students may petition the 3.0 cumulative GPA requirement demonstrating extenuating academic circumstances, but students must meet the minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students should contact the PCSB Undergraduate Office for details regarding the petition process. 

Required Course Meetings

Students must attend all required course meetings to pass their PCSB course.

  1. Students will attend course meetings while in-country from January 2-11, taught by GAV Australian faculty
  2. Students will attend 1-2 pre-departure preparation meetings in December, which will be determined in early November
  3. Student must attend class meetings in Spring 2019 focused on major-specific course content. These meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
  • January 26, 10:00-6:00 p.m.
  • February 2, 10:00-6:00 p.m.
  • February 9, 10:00-6:00 p.m.

This course will be under the status of “closed registration” where students can view but not register through the typical online spring registration process in November. The CGE will work with the Registrar to manually enroll those accepted and deposited students to the course.

Application Process & Deadlines

Students apply for this program through the Center for Global Education by October 1, 2019.  At the time of the application, students must indicate which PCSB course they are planning to register for in Spring 2020.  Students may indicate a first and second choice course. The application is now open and can be found here.

Total Costs

The program cost is $5,300*.  This cost includes airfare, housing while the program is in session, ground transportation in Sydney, travel insurance, breakfast, lunch, and 1-2 dinners.  This cost does not include Spring 2020 tuition, housing at PC, or personal transportation to and from PC to Boston Logan Airport.

Upon acceptance, a $500 non-refundable check deposit is due October 4, to the Center for Global Education.

*Program cost is subject to change.

Travel Details

The program is designed for all students to travel together from PC.  The program runs from January 2 to January 11, 2020.  Students should plan on leaving PC on December 31, 2019 and arriving back on January 11 or 12, 2020.  Exact dates and times will be finalized in November 2019.

Scholarship Opportunity

Candidates are eligible apply for Santander Study Abroad Scholarships simultaneously as part of the program’s online application and will know their financial aid status before the October 4 deposit deadline. Final payments will be due by December 15 to the CGE. 

Additional faculty-led, course-embedded study abroad opportunities can be found here, at the CGE website.

Please contact the PCSB Undergraduate Office or the Center for Global Education with any questions.

PCSB Undergraduate Office | Ryan Center 135
Phone: 401-865-2332

Center for Global Education | Harkins Hall 215
Phone: 401-865-2114

Previous Offerings

China study abroad

CHINA: Spring 2017

At the end of May 2017, Assistant Dean Dr. Jacqueline Elcik and nine PCSB students journeyed to Shanghai and Beijing as part of a 16 day-long Maymester course. After students completed a week in the United States, the group boarded a flight to Shanghai to experience Chinese culture firsthand. While in Shanghai, students had the opportunity to interact with other Chinese students during a mixer, toured the Nanjing River, visited Coca-Cola, saw the World Financial Center, and much more. Each day included lectures, tours and site visits, all geared toward helping students experience a different culture and see how business norms differ from country to country. In addition to structured daily activities, students were allotted free time to truly immerse themselves in the Chinese culture.


Abigail Cook Photo-qdmlyf

“The Maymester trip to China was an incredible experience! We had the opportunity to visit with several companies while in China to learn about their structure and leadership styles. Traveling abroad also provided the chance to experience a new culture and understand organizations behavior from a global perspective.”

Abigail Cook ’18 

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