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Step 3: Meet with your advisors


Applicants may be required to visit with one OR MORE campus advisers to receive approval for participation in a CCU semester or year-long Education Abroad program.  Participants on faculty-led programs are recommended to meet with program leaders.

Education Abroad Advisors | College Advisors | Peer Advisors

Education Abroad Program Advisors

Lori Patterson image 
Lori Patterson

Title: Education Abroad Services Coordinator
Phone: 843-349-2684
Office: LJSU A109
Hometown: Conway, South Carolina
Education: B.A. in Communications, Winthrop University; M.P.S. in Rural Sociology, Cornell University
Hobbies: Playing with my puppy Bubbles.
What I love about Coastal: The students!

Make an appointment with Lori for general education abroad advising and completing applications for exchange and third party programs (semester or short-term).

Karen Arnie 
Karen Arnie

Director, Internships, Service Learning, & Employer Engagement

Phone: 843-349-2559
Office: LJSU A-203

Sheila Singleton 
Sheila Singleton

Adviser for student-veterans and military dependents

Title: VA Certifying Official
Phone: 843-349-2464
Office: LJSU B203A
Hometown: Conway, South Carolina
Education: B.A. in Business and Finance, Columbus State University
Hobbies: Walking, practing yoga and spending time with the grandkids.
What I love about Coastal: Everyone is so friendly and willing to help others.


College Advisors

College advisers know WHEN students can go abroad based on their unique degree requirements.

To be approved for a CCU Education Abroad program, students work with the Education Abroad Services Coordinator to select courses abroad that fit into their CCU degree plan. Credit pre-approval for education abroad coursework is determined by the Center for Global Engagement in cooperation with the appropriate academic departments. If you are applying to an exchange partner or third-party provider program, you will be required to complete the Education Abroad Credit Pre-approval Form, which is provided during your initial advising appointment. Then, your assigned academic or faculty adviser will review this Credit Pre-approval Form to ensure that the credits you plan to earn abroad will keep you on track to graduate.

For a list of education abroad courses that are already approved by CCU for credit transfer, please use the Education Abroad Course Equivalency Search Tool. Please note that final enrollment in any education abroad course is determined by the exchange partner or third-party provider program, not CCU; therefore, even if an education abroad course has received CCU credit pre-approval, CCU cannot guarantee students' class schedules abroad, which is why students must identify preferred courses as well as alternate courses.

Confirm Your Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years old by the time you go abroad.
    • You must be a sophomore by years, not credits. Students who began as freshman at CCU must complete two long semesters before becoming eligible to go abroad on an exchange partner or third party provider program. Transfer students must complete one semester before becoming eligible to go abroad on an exchange partmer pr third party provider semester program. All students maybe eligible to participate in a CCU faculty-led program provided they meet each program's eligibility requirements.
  • You must have a CCU GPA of 2.5 at the time of application. Please note that many programs have a higher GPA requirement than our GPA requirement.
  • You must be in good disciplinary standing at the time of application and remain so up to and including the term you plan to be abroad. If you are unsure whether you are in good standing, contact the CCU Dean of Students Office,
  • You may may NOT go abroad in the last 15 hours of your degree plan (the same semester you plan to graduate) unless you participate in a faculty-led program.
  • You may postpone graduation to go abroad but must be enrolled at CCU in the U.S. during the term in which you graduate.

Peer Advisors

The goal of peer advising is to lead students to information that empowers them to make informed decisions about participating in a CCU Education Abroad program.  The Center for Global Engagement can put you in contact with recent education abroad returnees.
Celina DeCordova

Hometown: Yokohama, Japan
Undergraduate Major: Communication (Communication Studies Concentration)
Undergraduate Minor: Film and Production Studies and New Media Digital Culture
Experience abroad: Japan, Cambodia, Malaysia and France
What I love about Coastal: I love how beautiful the campus is and people are always here to help when you need it. There are so many events and communities where I can get involved easily.
Motto: Be myself :)


Got Questions? Talk to Us!

A NOTE FOR NON-U.S. CITIZENS: If you are a non-U.S. citizen, you will need to understand how your immigration status can affect your ability to travel abroad with CCU. Please contact CCU International Student Services to meet with your International Student Adviser before starting the online application.