Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand.

Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, New Zealand.


CCSP's School of Record is Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, which means students can receive an accredited transcript for all CCSP classes. To verify CCSP's School of record contact Northwestern's registrar at

Students attending schools that approved the CCSP program from the fall of 2015 forward will receive an accredited transcript from Northwestern College.

Students attending schools that approved the CCSP program prior to fall 2015 will receive an accredited transcript from their home institution for CCSP courses.  

To see a list of schools that have approved CCSP go this this link.

Upon completion of all academic requirements transcripts will be sent to your college or university.


New Zealand Program

Core courses: 16 credit hours

Total credit: 16 credit hours

Belize Program

Core courses: 15 credit hours

Internship elective: 2 credit hours

Total credit: 17 credit hours



CCSP invoices campuses for the cost of participation in the program and in turn campuses bill their students following their campus' established policies and procedures.  Each school has different policiies, for example some schools charge the exact fees CCSP charges the school, other schools charge the campus tuition price, while others charge full on-campus fees plus an additional off-campus study fee. And there's every variation in between!  Therefore, it is best to contact your school's study abroad office to obtain a cost estimate for tuition and room and board to attend CCSP. 

If you are accepted into the program you are required to send a $300 deposit to secure you place in the semester.  Your deposit is refundable if you attend the program, and is non-refundable if you do not attend.  If you attend the program this deposit becomes your semester cash account and security deposit. In other words, you can charge miscellaneous program costs to this deposit  (see examples below) and you will receive the balance after the program has ended.

What's included in your program fee?

Your program fee covers tuition, all program related field trips, and room and board during the semester except for the nine day mid-semester break period (which is comprised of two weekends and the intervening work week). During the mid-semester break the campus is closed and students are responsible for accomodation, board, and travel during this personal travel period.

Students are also responsible for airfare to and from the program (unless you attend a school that includes travel as a part of their study abroad policies).  Students traveling to New Zealand have an option to join a group ticket that offers considerable savings.  Details about the group ticket are provided in the acceptance information that students receive after they have been accepted into the program.  

Other miscellaneos costs include:

  • The required International Student Identification Card (ISIC card) that provides among other benefits, special insurance if you were to need a medical evacuation back to the United States. (currenly $22, but subject to change)
  • Student visa (Belize students only) which currently costs $25 (but is subject to change) and is deductable from your $300 program deposit.
  • Library Reserved Book Fee of $75. To help save students costs CCSP has class sets of some textbooks.  Thus, instead of buying and transporting bulky textbooks CCSP charges students a library reserve fee for class sets of some textbooks. You will still need to buy some textbooks, but with this system you buy less books that you otherwise would need to.


If you need financial assistance to attend CCSP there are scholarships and grants you can apply for. We have had a number of students, for example, successfully apply for the Benjamin Gilman schloarship which is listed below. But there are other options if you're a Silver Award Girl Scout, or in Phi Kappa Phi, etc., so check these options out.

Scholarship Opportunities: - The Corinne Jeannine Schillings Foundation awards scholarships to those who have attained the Silver or Gold Award in Girl Scouts and plan to study abroad. - Benjamin Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who receive federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. - The Global Studies Foundation (GSF) Student Grant provides supplemental funds for American students studying abroad. - Competition based study abroad grants administered by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. - The Rotary Foundation's Ambassadorial Scholarship program is the world's largest privately funded international scholarship program.