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Study Abroad Program

College of The Albemarle (COA) students may gain global experience by participating in any of the college’s study abroad trips. Dual enrolled students are eligible if they will be 16 years old by the time of the trip. Partial student scholarships may be available for some trips. While students have the first right to participate, any available spots are open to faculty, staff and community members.

For comprehensive program information including requirements, expectations and forms, review the COA Study Abroad Program Participant Handbook.

Upcoming COA Study Abroad 2024 Trip

College of The Albemarle (COA) is pleased to announce study abroad travel plans for Costa Rica in 2024. The trip is scheduled during spring break, March 30 through April 7, 2024. The itinerary includes visits to San José, Coastal Puntarenas, Manuel Antonio National Park, and Arenal Volcano National Park. Planned activities include community volunteer opportunities, canopy zipline tours, a Bio Coffee Adventure, kayaking, a hot springs visit and whitewater rafting. For more information, please see the frequently asked questions and the Costa Rica itinerary.

College of The Albemarle will hold an informational meeting regarding the trip to Costa Rica on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, at 5:30 p.m. at COA – Elizabeth City in room A236, at COA – Dare in room DARA 204 and via Zoom. The meeting is open to COA students, employees, and the general public

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 939 0719 4944

Cost Rica 2024 Trip Information

Check out this slide show for more information on the 2024 trip.

Past Trips

Previous COA Study Abroad trips have included cultural exploration, recreational activities, and/or service learning volunteer opportunities in these locations:

  • Winter 2017 – 2018: Nicaragua
  • Summer 2018: Germany, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and France
  • Spring Break 2019: Costa Rica
  • Spring Break 2020: Puerto Rico (cancelled due to the pandemic)
  • Spring Break 2021: Thailand (cancelled due to the pandemic)
  • Spring Break 2022: France, Monaco and Spain
  • Spring Break 2023: Belize

Get Prepared

In preparation for studying abroad, participants should have a current passport. Information on how to apply can be found at the U.S. Passports and International Travel website.
Health information and recommendations for international travelers can be found at the Traveler’s Health page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
A currency converter can provide an estimate of the value of the U.S. dollar when changed to foreign currency. Currency exchange rates change over time, so it’s a good idea to get an estimate when planning travel and also an updated estimate closer to departure.
Donations to support study abroad for students can be made by visiting the COA Foundation Make a Gift page. Under “Designation,” choose “Other” and then type “Study Abroad” in the other designation box. Donations to the Foundation are tax deductible.

Financial Aid

COA’s Study Abroad program uses a short-term, non-credit model and, therefore, is not eligible for federal student financial aid. Local support funds may exist for student participants.


For more information, visit COA’s Study Abroad Facebook™ page, or contact a program coordinator:

  • Boswell, Bradley

  • Assistant Professor, Spanish/French

  • COA – Elizabeth City: A 240

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2205

  • Lippincott, Leslie

  • Associate Professor/Program Coordinator, Culinary Arts, Edenton-Chowan Campus

  • COA – Edenton-Chowan: 202

  • 252-482-7900 ext. 6017