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Study AbroadNorth Carolina Scholar of Global Distinction Program

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 17 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.

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)

Current Trip: Thailand

The study abroad trip planned for the 2021 – 2022 academic year is to the Kingdom of Thailand and is scheduled to take place over Spring Break plus one Friday; the dates are April 15 – 24, 2022.

Highlights of this trip include:

  • Touring Bangkok on bicycles for amazing photo opportunities
  • Visiting a Muay Thai school showcasing Thailand’s most famous martial art
  • Seeing traditional Thai dancing as an expression of thanks for your work in the community
  • Experiencing scenic Khao Yai National Park with over 2,000 botanical species
  • Spending the night in a Buddhist monastery and practicing meditation with local monks

For more information about the current trip, please see the Thailand 2022 itinerary and FAQ document.

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.


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

  • Roughton, Dr. Dean

  • Vice President, Institutional Research, Planning, Effectiveness and Technology

  • COA – Elizabeth City: A 103

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2306