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Short Term Hunter College Programs

Summer programs: Applications are due by mid-March.

Winter programs: Applications are due by mid-October.

Please check program descriptions for exact deadlines!


Important Note on COVID-19:

As of now, Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 programs will be running. Applications will open this summer. Please check back here for updates. All Hunter students applying to study abroad in winter or spring 2021, regardless of program type, must first complete a Hunter Education Abroad application.

We are continuing to advise students online! If you'd like to speak with an advisor about studying abroad, you can make an appointment here.

For the latest information CUNY policy related to study abroad travel, please visit CUNY website.

The Office of Education Abroad will collect applications for Winter 2020-2021 (January term 2021) and Spring 2021 programs.

Our office is in daily communication with its affiliate program partners abroad (program providers and host universities) in order to continuously monitor how the situation might develop over the coming weeks and months. As the situation evolves, we will continue to monitor locations and will work with students on a case-by-case basis should their semester plans be impacted.  Our office and program partners are here as a resource to students with questions or concerns about their upcoming study-abroad plans.  Should we cancel a Hunter faculty led or sponsored program, students will be informed before any financial commitment to the program. Students should check refund policies directly with providers and airlines before purchasing their tickets.

We know that the uncertainty around COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and related travel restrictions is causing anxiety for students who have been planning to study abroad. Please reach out to your program for any questions related to program cancellations, refunds, or deferments.

The choice to study abroad is a personal one and the Office of Education Abroad will do our best to support students in their decision, together with our partner organizations.

Given the uncertainty around COVID-19 and international travel this January and Spring 2021, you should start thinking about a contingency plan should your program of choice be canceled. You should register for on-campus classes for January 2021 and Spring 2021 when your registration opens.


Application Overview and Submission:

All application materials and deposit must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please review our general eligibility requirements:

  • Note that applicants to the Bahamas (Summer) program must have a minimum 2.7 GPA at the time of application. All other short term programs require a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Some programs have additional course prerequisites or requirements. You will find any prerequisites/requirements listed on the individual program description page.

Step One: Submit the Online Application Form. Have the following documents prepared to upload with your online application:

  • Personal statement (250-500 words) describing: How will study abroad contribute to your academic or professional goals and how will you engage with the local community abroad?
  • A copy of your transcript (can be unofficial for CUNY students and pulled from CUNYFIRST as long as your name is printed on it).
  • Scan of the photo page of your passport. We require a copy of your valid passport before you go abroad. If you are in the process of applying for or renewing your passport, you may submit the Online Application Form without this; however, you must be prepared to email a scan of your new passport as soon as you receive it. All students MUST have a valid passport by their program's orientation session.

Note: Applicants to the following programs: Bahamas (Summer), Madagascar (Summer), Thailand (Winter), Uganda (Winter) must also have a faculty member who has worked with or taught them within the past two years complete and return a recommendation form to the Education Abroad Office by email.
Faculty Recommendation Form (PDF) OR Faculty Recommendation Form (Word)

All accepted students are required to submit the following documents* by their program's orientation session:

1. Health Information Questionnaire and Physician Statement
2.CUNY Waiver and Release Agreement
3.GDPR Acknowledgement and Consent Form (for programs in the EU only)
4. A photocopy of your valid passport.
Students will receive the document links and instructions for submission with your acceptance email, but  may get started on the Health Information Questionnaire and Physician Statement immediately as it may take time to get an appointment with a physician.
*Students participating in programs not led by Hunter faculty will also be required to submit their Course Approval Form by the orientation date or earlier if required.

Some programs will require visas for U.S. and non U.S. citizens. If you do not have a passport from the United States, it is your responsibility to check with the consulate of the country to which you will be traveling to find out about any visa requirements and application procedures. The Office of Education Abroad can provide you with a letter to include with your visa application; however, we cannot guarantee that we can produce this on the day that you request it. It is your responsibility to notify us of your Consulate appointment 10 business days prior so we can prepare your letter.  

Step Two: After submitting your online application, come to the Office of Education Abroad (Room E1447) during OFFICE HOURS to submit your program deposit.


Program Deposits:

Each Application must be accompanied by a $350 Money Order or Certified Check, which will be applied to the program fee. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE AN ACCEPTANCE DECISION UNTIL YOU HAVE SUBMITTED YOUR DEPOSIT. Deposits must be brought to the Office of Education Abroad (1447E) during OFFICE HOURS.

Make your money order or certified check out to HUNTER COLLEGE. In the memo line, please write your first and last name and the name of the program to which you are applying.

If you withdraw from the program prior to the application deadline, you will be refunded your deposit, minus $50, which will be kept as the application fee. If you withdraw from the program after the application deadline, the deposit is not refundable.

  • Program Fee: Before the starting date of the program, students will be financially responsible for any non-recoverable costs associated with the program fee at the time of withdrawal. Non- recoverable costs are financial commitments (such as housing deposits, field trip pre- payments, etc.) made on behalf of students. These costs vary by program and typically increase closer to the departure date. After the starting date of the program, the student will be financially responsible for the entire program fee. There will be no refunds for late arrivals or early departures.
  • Deposits are nonrefundable after the program application deadline; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after this deadline, the deposit will be lost. Also note that paying the program deposit authorizes the provider (whether Hunter or a third party) to incur expenses on the student's behalf; should a student withdraw from a program for any reason after paying the deposit, he or she will be responsible for any non-recoverable expenses. These expenses can include (but are not limited to) airfare, housing fees, and partial or full tuition.


Withdrawal from Program:

Notification of withdrawal must be made in writing (email) to the Education Abroad Office before the withdrawal will be officially recognized. Otherwise, students will be responsible for all program fees. The date on which the written notification is received is the date by which the financial calculation will be determined. If a balance is due to the Education Abroad Office or the Office of the Bursar at the time of withdrawal, that amount must be paid in a timely manner.


Short term programs require a minimum number of students to run.

If you receive financial aid and/or scholarships at Hunter, it is your responsibility to speak with a financial aid advisor and/or your scholarship provider to discuss how your study abroad may affect your financial aid/scholarships.

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