COD to offer study abroad program

New study abroad program allows COD students to travel the world

by Petra Schultz
Staff Reporter

Lexus poses in front of the Tower Bridge during her time in London. (Lexus Oswald/Courtesy Photo)

On Sept. 21 College of the Desert held an informaional meeting Cravens Student Services Center (CSSC) about the new “Study Abroad” program. The meeting provided information to students who wish to study in Salamanca, Spain during the Spring 2012 semester.

London, England will be the destination for COD students taking part in the Study Abroad program during the Fall 2012 semester.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and need to have at least 12 units of completed college level courses. Students who are in their first college semester but want to participate in this program must be enrolled in 12 units and provide “work-in-progress” grades, which indicate a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher by November 23, 2012.

Lexus Oswald is the first COD student to study abroad through a program operated by the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) through Citrus College.

“The AIFS program is amazing! They offer so much to the students. The process was amazing, I found out last minute and barely made the dead line but everyone is very supportive and if you communicate with the coordinators they help you with everything,” Oswald said.

According to Oswald, it is important to get finances in order well in advance, as the program requires payment months prior to departure. She advises students to plan for excursions to other countries, which are not included in the cost of the program.

AIFS has planned trips to different towns, cities and sites for participating students, and Europe. Oswald feels that students would not want to miss the opportunities to see more than just London or Salamanca.

Students who are interested but worry about the financial commitment, can apply for financial aid and scholarships.

For more information, contact Annie Frisoli at the International Education Program office in the CSSC or email her at

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