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Academic Expectations


To be considered for admission to CCSA programs students MUST:

  • Be enrolled in a degree seeking undergraduate or graduate program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Have completed course prerequisites (if applicable)

Students will be expected to complete assignments on time and to attend all program and class-related events. Many courses will require work, such as reading, to be completed prior to the program departure date. Courses on programs of less than four weeks duration will require completion and submission of projects and/or research papers after the return date of the program. 

It is the student's responsibility to consult with his/her academic advisor prior to submission of his/her application to insure that the CCSA course is academically appropriate for the student's needs, e.g., major or graduation requirements. Should a change in course selection be required or requested, it is the responsibility of the student to confirm the appropriateness of that course to the student's program of study and degree requirements.

All courses offered by CCSA require an academic commitment from students. Courses are listed as LD (lower division--introductory/intermediate level), UD (upper division--advanced level) and G (graduate), and the level of work required for successful completion of the course will be commensurate with the level assigned. 


All participants under the age of 26 must be registered for academic credit to participate.

Each student is required to:
  • complete the CCSA application prior to being registered for a course
  • be in good standing at their home institution
  • possess a valid passport prior to departure with an expiration date at least six months beyond the end of the program
  • submit full payment or sign a promissory agreement prior to departure
  • complete all pre-departure orientations
  • maintain adherence to the Code of Conduct
  • have permission of parent or guardian if under 18 years of age (in Alabama, under 19)
  • obtain immunizations and/or vaccinations as required by CCSA and/or governments in the destination.
  • be currently enrolled at an accredited US institution. Students from non-member schools will be registered for credit with CCSA's home institution of Western Kentucky University with the option to transfer the credit at the end of the program.