Below are frequently asked questions about customized programs. Please contact our Associate Director of Short-Term Programs & Outreach, Kate Gerdes, at kgerdes@BCAStudyAbroad.org if you need additional information.

Where can I plan a program?

BCA Study Abroad is able to support programs at any of our program locations abroad. We may also be able to support traveling, or multi-site programs, in countries where we have semester or summer programming. We are regularly adding new programs, so check out our programs page for an up-to-date list of our current offerings.

Do I need to speak the language of the host country in order to plan a program there?

While having a knowledge of the language of the host country is always helpful, it certainly is not required. The BCA on-site representative is available to help orient you and your group and in some cases will be traveling with you to visits and excursions. In all cases, they are available 24 hours a day in case of an emergency and can help navigate any language issues that may come up during that time.

Do my students need to know the language of the host country in order to participate?

In most cases the answer is no. However, without these language skills certain programmatic elements, such as site visits, service learning and even certain lectures, may not be possible.

How do I start the process of planning a program?

If you are interested in leading a customized program, you can review our Steps for Planning a Program for some basic guidance. You should also be in touch with your Study Abroad Office to learn about internal policies and procedures for custom programs.