Study Abroad

Study abroad experience is widely recognized by business and industry leaders as critical to providing valuable skills and personal qualities in potential employees.

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Why Study Abroad

Studies have shown that participating in study abroad has resulted in students:

  • Solidifying their choice of a major or career
  • Broadening their perspective on career paths and future opportunities open to them
  • Gaining new outlooks on some of their values and beliefs
  • Developing closer relationships with faculty and other students who have subsequently served as mentors
  • Getting better grades
  • Experiencing increased retention and completion rates
  • Graduating within a shorter time sequences
  • Earning $ 7,000 more in salaries than students who do not study abroad

Few non-traditional educational pathways offer as intensive a learning experiences as international education.

We recognize the need for global awareness in today's interdependent world. We encourage you, as students and faculty, to participate in life learning and educational activities abroad.

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"Today’s employers are demanding that students are able to work effectively with diverse teams, supply chains, and customer networks that span international borders... Community colleges have a responsibility to provide their students with the opportunity to engage in transformational experiential learning programs that will help them to build global competencies and better prepare them for a global marketplace.”

-- Geoffrey Bradshaw, Director of International Education at Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin

Myths and Facts about Studying Abroad

Myth: I can't afford to study abroad.

Fact: The reality is that more under-represented and low-income students from California community colleges study abroad than any other group IN THAT STATE.

Fact: All financial aid can be used to support the costs of education abroad. In addition, there are specific grants, such as the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, that are only open to Pell Grant recipients.

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Upcoming Study Abroad Programs

Spend eight days between May 19-27, 2018 learning about and exploring highland Guatemala with Dr. Jessica Craig and Dr. Brandon Morgan.

You will be eligible to receive course credits for the trip! Visit the Guatemala Study Abroad page for details and apply today.

Getting Started

So you know you want to study abroad. How do you get there?

Step One

Define your goals.

Define your academic and personal objectives. If you begin by first determining what you want to gain from the experience, it can help you to define the kind of program that is the best fit for you. Some factors to consider: 


  • Do you want to study a specific subject or would you prefer to choose from a broad selection of courses?
  • Do you need to satisfy degree requirements while abroad or do you prefer to take elective courses of personal interest to you?


  • Do you want to take courses in a language other than English while abroad?
  • Do you want to learn another language abroad?
  • Do you want to take content courses taught exclusively in English?


  • Are you flexible about the timing of your study abroad program?
  • What term or year might be best for your graduation plan?


  • How important is the program’s location to your decision to study abroad?
  • How comfortable are you in new environments?
  • How do you define your travel comfort zone and how far are you willing to push your boundaries?


  • Do you want internship experience while you’re abroad?
  • Do you want to explore an international workplace environment?

Step Two

Research your study abroad options.

Identifying logistical and financial constraints will help you to narrow your program choices; identify the methods you will use to pay for your program and define how much you can spend early on.

  • Do you meet the program’s eligibility requirements?
  • Do you have any personal needs that require special accommodations or consideration?
  • Do you have any academic or health concerns that might make a particular program’s location, activities, or schedule difficult for you?
  • Do you have degree requirements that might limit your options (e.g. program duration, timing)?
  • Are the number and types of credits offered in line with your needs?
  • Can you afford the cost of a given program?

When calculating the costs of a study abroad program, it’s important to consider the program’s duration, the number of credits you can expect to receive, and what the program’s price does and does not include.

  • Does the program fee include housing, food, transportation, and books?
  • The costs of  roundtrip airfare, passport, visa, and insurance are generally not included in study abroad program fees.

When considering affordability, create a personal budget to include savings, job earnings, parent contributions, financial aid, and confirmed scholarships.

Step Three

Meet with an advisor.

Once you have narrowed your options to a few programs or locations, visit the Global Education Office to discuss your selections and ask questions.

You should also meet with your departmental advisor to get their input. Discussing your study abroad plans with your academic advisor and developing an educational and graduation plan will help you stay on track and get the most out of the experience. Some questions to discuss with your academic advisor:

  • Which courses should I take while abroad?
  • How will courses completed abroad apply to my degree requirements?
  • Are there specific degree requirements that I cannot fulfill abroad?
  • Are there academic terms that work particularly well – or not at all – for my experience abroad?

Step Four