2020-21 Commitment Guidelines

CCSA promotes global citizenship by building a community of scholars in which we share what we learn outside a structured classroom setting, encouraging independence and responsibility among our students and faculty, providing professional development for faculty and staff to positively impact the global teaching and learning experience, and promoting inter-generational teaching and learning through coursework and experiences that take place in locations around the world.

In these unsettled times, CCSA reaffirms our commitment to global teaching and learning in which the lessons learned in our programs can be applied to every aspect of life.

Celebrate our Variety & Diversity

By experiencing something unfamiliar we learn to appreciate and value our variety & diversity that make us human and add spice to life. We are not all the same, yet by working side-by-side with people who are different from us, we learn to respect and value the contributions each person makes to the world.

CCSA is committed to respectful treatment of everyone involved in our programs. We aspire to provide opportunity and access to every person seeking an international experience. We model these expectations and support each other when we fail to hit the mark. We strive to do better in all things every day.


CCSA is offering a new multimodal global learning program. The hybrid program incorporates virtual learning content and online discussions with an intense on-site experience. A combination of faculty-guided and student-developed activities will explore the similarities and differences of a particular discipline in each student’s home community with that of people in and around the locations where we study.

Multimodal Global Learning is designed to include these aspects:

  • a globally-enhanced course with online and on-site activities bolstered by faculty-guided student-developed project-based learning,
  • local-to-global connections to real people in real time both at home and with internationally-based experts and peers
  • American students compare their home location with an international location framed by both their course discipline and cultural aspects,
  • access to content at home and abroad, virtually and in-person,
  • career development with a view of global opportunities, and
  • intense, focused onsite experiences to create that human connection.

  • With the new format comes several new approaches compared to our standard programs.

    STANDARD CCSA PROGRAM MULTIMODAL GLOBAL LEARNING
    Application deadline October 9, 2020
    *early deadline: September 18
    October 9, 2020
    *early deadline: September 18
    First Payment Deadline October 30, 2020 November 6, 2020
    Final Payment Deadline November 27, 2020 December 4, 2020
    Study abroad experience CCSA offers short-term study abroad programs, which include a full range of experiences in the destination country. Our standard two-week programs are quite intense since time on-site is short. The London Experience is even more intense and CCSA will not offer full-group excursions since the time on-site will be focused on meeting people and class activities. Courses are designed in such a way that students will have some independent explore time available to do things they wish in the London area. There won’t be time for personal travel outside of London.

    The Australia Experience follows our standard two-week on-site model and incorporates multimodal global learning.
    Home Campus Approval Students must receive home campus approval based on home campus requirements. Withdrawal penalties remain in effect. If the home campus restricts travel, the students shall receive a full refund for recoverable costs (excluding airline tickets). Since the date of restriction affects airline ticket refund, CCSA will endeavor to refund the student the full amount paid or to obtain a voucher for the value of the ticket for the student from the airline.
    Insurance Medical/health services along with limited travel insurance are included in the program fee. The travel portion covers things such as travel delays and cancellations (e.g., due to illness). The coverage is in effect only outside the United States and during the on-site portion of the course and travel days. Medical/health services along with limited travel insurance are included in the program fee. The travel portion covers things such as travel delays and some cancellations (e.g., due to illness). The coverage is in effect only outside the United States and during the on-site portion of the course and travel days.
    “Cancel for any reason” (CFAR) insurance CFAR insurance available at the the individual and not included in the CCSA program. CFAR insurance offers individuals the option to cancel and be reimbursed for a portion of out-of-pocket expenses paid before the travel start date. This is individual insurance and cannot be offered directly through CCSA. We will provide information about what to look for when researching this type of insurance, but participants should determine what is best for them

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    No Risk Refund Not applicable No Risk

    Students may cancel for any reason prior to December 1, 2020, and receive a FULL refund.
    Refund CCSA reserves the right to withdraw any of its programs due to war, political unrest, terrorism, natural disaster, low enrollment, unforeseen circumstances, or a travel warning issued by the US State Department. If CCSA cancels a course, the applicant will automatically be moved to their alternate course choice and sent a notification. If both the primary and alternate courses are canceled, and an applicant does not elect to participate in another course, the full amount paid to date will be refunded if the student confirms the withdrawal within 48 hours after the change. After this time, CCSA follows the Penalty for Withdrawal schedule. CCSA reserves the right to withdraw any of its programs due to war, political unrest, terrorism, natural disaster, low enrollment, unforeseen circumstances, or a travel warning issued by the US State Department.

    If CCSA cancels a course, the applicant will be moved automatically to their alternate course and sent a notification. In the unlikely event that both the primary and alternate courses are canceled, applicants will be given an option to select another course. For students not opting to select a remaining course, the full program fee will be refunded if the student confirms the withdrawal within 48 hours of being notified.

    If a student’s airfare has been ticketed, CCSA will attempt to obtain refunds from the airline and/or ticketing agent and for the student. The airline may provide travel voucher for future use.

    After this time, CCSA follows the Penalty for Withdrawal schedule.
    Cancellation Policy https://ccsa.cc/cancellation.php Everyone is highly concerned about the potential cancellation of a program. Many factors impact this decision--most of which are outside the control of CCSA or its member schools. With that in mind, CCSA has modified the refund policy and will always monitor recommendations on proceeding as planned. CCSA will offer students the option to defer their enrollment to another program cycle and will work with students on payment and course selection to the fullest extent possible.

    https://ccsa.cc/cancellation.php
    Withdrawal If student withdraws from a program, the Penalty for Withdraw applies. https://ccsa.cc/cancellation.php After December 1, 2020, participants who withdraw or become ineligible shall remain obligated to pay the balance determined by the Penalty for Withdraw.

    Applicants whose participation is involuntarily canceled due to the applicant’s failure to remain in good standing or complete required preconditions for participation (such as holding a valid passport, completing visa requirements, or other factors that prohibit participation) shall remain obligated to pay the balance determined by the Penalty for Withdraw.

    After the course begins on December 14, 2020, all standard withdrawal and refund policies are in effect.

    Of course, CCSA will do all we can to reduce costs to students including the offer to move them to a future program.

    https://ccsa.cc/cancellation.php
    Health & Safety CCSA continually monitors local conditions to ensure that the health and safety of everyone involved in our programs is within the acceptable norms of study abroad programs and the expectations of our member schools. CCSA continually monitors potential on-site impacts of the pandemic and will make GO/NO-GO decisions with the health and safety of our students, faculty and administrators as the top priority.
    Before You Go Class activities December 14 – December 23 Course activities in preparation for the on-site portion as stated in syllabus. December 14 – January 8 Online and localized class activities that start in December 2020.
    Engagement Activities Part of Before You Go January 9 – March 5 A deep dive into perceptions and reality of subject matter during which students investigate their home (local) community and seek out comparable subject matter (and people) in the global location. (syllabus-specific activities)
    On-site Class Activities December 26 – January 8 Intense, focused experience with deeper human connection as stated in syllabus. March 5 – 13: London Term One*
    March 12 – 21: London Term Two*
    May 16 – 30, 2021: Australia
    Intense, focused experience with deeper human connection as stated in syllabus.

    * For London programs, students need to be able to travel on the dates of their selected course. Some courses are offered in both London Term One and London Term Two.
    Bring It Home Class Activities January 9 – March 15
    Post on-site assignments as stated in syllabus.
    March 22 – April 15 (London)
    June 2 – 30 (Australia)
    After the on-site portion, students re-explore their local setting to connect course material and their new experiences. The students analyze and report on what they’ve learned about their discipline and career opportunities along with differences and similarities of their local and global locations. (syllabus-specific activities)
    Grades Due March 15, 2021 April 15 , 2021 (London)
    June 30, 2021 (Australia)
    On-site Illness CCSA follows an on-site response plan for illness. This process will be communicated to students prior to departure so they have time to prepare.

    If a student is unable to continue with a program once it begins, CCSA will facilitate the home return by working with airlines and insurance to reduce the student’s out-of-pocket expense.

    Failure to follow program administrator directions may result in early dismissal from the program.
    In light of the pandemic, added preparation and inspection of the on-site conditions will be in effect.

    CCSA’s response plan will be communicated to students prior to departure so they have time to prepare.

    We will also advise students on what they need to bring and be prepared for based on updates near U.S. departure. This may include, but will not be limited to, face covering, social distancing, and hand sanitizer.

    If a student is unable to continue with the on-site portion once it begins, CCSA will facilitate the home return by working with airlines and insurance to reduce the student’s out-of-pocket expense.

    Faculty will be asked to provide alternate course content so the student may complete the course for a grade. Due to the nature of the on-site portion (short, intense and specific activities), the expectation is that everyone will follow the guidance and rules stated by CCSA and supplied by the location service providers to reduce the chance of illness while on-site.

    Failure to follow program administrator directions may result in early dismissal from the program.
    On-Site Medical Care CCSA follows a rigorous process for determining medical needs and services.

    Failure to follow program administrator directions may result in early dismissal from the program.
    CCSA follows a more detailed process in response to the pandemic in close coordination with our on-site service providers (i.e. accommodations and transportation). Individual responsibility is expected to follow both the rules and guidance on the prevention of COVID-19 and other infectious conditions that may be encountered.

    Failure to follow program administrator directions may result in early dismissal from the program.
    Potential isolation after return from London or Australia Not applicable We are monitoring this very closely and will keep participants informed throughout the time leading up to the on-site portion.