Study Abroad

Research shows that students who participate in study abroad opportunities are 20% more likely to graduate. Students say that their study abroad experiences increased their self-confidence and those who participated had improved GPAs post-study abroad.

These trips are open to everyone. Trips' costs includes airfare, accommodations, breakfasts, several dinners, transportation, and entrance fees to all activities on itinerary. Only $95 to sign up!

Students enrolled for class credit will have to pay NCTC tuition and course fees separately. Financial aid will be available for those who qualify. 

Winter-mester 2019: Costa Rica
December 27, 2019 - January 4, 2020

Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Come study the environment and culture of Costa Rica!

Experience a volcano, a waterfall, nature, wildlife, the jungle, the ocean, gardens, culture, and much more. The tour is open to all NCTC students (including Dual Credit and Alumni), faculty, staff, and friends.

Payment plans and scholarships are available.

Sign Up for Costa Rica

For more information, email Jacob Arnold at


Spring 2020: Barcelona, Southern France & Italy
May 20-29, 2020

Built on a raw imagination and boundless individuality, Barcelona provokes inspiration and curiosity from each of its visitors. Whether it's the architecture of Gaudí defining a street corner or the narrow barrios inviting you to take a closer look—every inch of this city is waiting to be discovered. For a creative spirit traveling through Carcassonne into Nice, it doesn't take long to notice that its rustic atmosphere inspires more than just idle admiration.

Open to all students, faculty, staff, friends & family!

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the trip cost? add

 Typically, we try to keep the cost of the trips between $3000 - $3500. Be sure to look at the link to find the exact cost of the tour.

The cost does not include NCTC tuition.

I would like to go, but I don't have the tour costs today. Is there a payment plan option so I may save first? add

There are payment plans available to pay out the trip. There's month-to-month or making four more sizable payments. It's only $95 to sign up and that goes toward the cost of the tour. Some students also use their tax returns and financial aid from this semester to take a big chunk out of the tour's cost for next semester or year.  If you sign up for Wintermester and Spring early, your payments are lower since you have longer to pay it.

What if I'm not a student at NCTC by the time the trip happens? add

Don't worry if you're not at NCTC because you've transferred or graduated! You're still welcome to come. You can come without taking the course as a "friend" or "alumni" of NCTC.

Is this a first come first serve trip? add

We have lots of spots open, so there's plenty of time and room.

When is the deadline to sign up? add

The deadline to sign up for Wintermester is late-September. The deadline for Spring is late February.

 How many spaces are available? add

We have 50 spots available, and you're welcome to also invite friends and family to join us on the trip.

Is this course only 10 days or will there be a traditional classroom setting, including assignments and exams post trip? add

 There will be an online course associated with the trip for students who want to earn credit.  

  • For Wintermester, we will offer a literature course online in 2nd 8-week in the fall semester. We'll also offer Comp I in the first 8 week session for any students who need that credit before beginning literature.
  • For Spring, we'll be offering a literature course online in 2nd 8-week in the spring semester. We'll also offer Comp I in the first 8 week session for any students who need that credit before beginning literature.
Is this a good deal? add

Yes! By comparison, a class at 4-year university is approximately $2000 for tuition, lab, and fees. A study abroad at a 4-year university is usually $7000 - $10,000. So, this study abroad experience at $3500 is a great deal and opportunity!