Study Abroad

Info – Central Students

Minimum requirements

To participate in semester or year-long study abroad programs you must:

Note: If you are an international degree-seeking student interested in attending Central College in Pella, Iowa please visit our international student admission page.

Application Deadlines

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling admission basis with the exception of the Merida program.  Contact the study abroad office to inquire about program availability after the above deadlines. The study abroad office reserves the right to review and accept late applications on a space-available basis.


Financial Aid

Central College students apply their full financial aid and are eligible for additional scholarships.


To apply to study abroad for a semester, summer or yearlong program, a student must submit a complete application dossier that includes:

Online Application Form

To complete the online application form you will provide information about:

Application Essay

You will be asked to submit on-line an 800-1000 word essay explaining your motivation for study abroad (personal and academic), your choice of program, and your experiences in and out of the classroom that have prepared you for study abroad.

Two Faculty Evaluation Forms

Faculty evaluations are an essential part of your application so you should request evaluations from two faculty members who know you well enough to assess your academic potential and skills, your ability to adjust to new situations, and your personal motivation. It is common courtesy to ask the faculty member about completing an evaluation before sending an evaluation request via your online account.

Study Abroad Approval Form

Your advisor’s approval confirms that the two of you have discussed your plans to study abroad and considered coursework and requirements together.

Endorsement by Dean of Student Life.


Study abroad will access your transcript automatically upon receiving your application.

Internship/Service-learning application materials (if applicable)