Community College Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad provides a unique opportunity to explore another culture firsthand. The lifelong rewards to students include the opportunity to acquire a level of global competence that is highly valued by transfer institutions and employers.

According to research from the American Association of Colleges and Universities, employers want more college learning outcomes to highlight: global issues (67%), intercultural competence (71%), and intercultural knowledge of global issues (67%).
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Members of the California Colleges for International Education (CCIE) sponsor the study abroad programs in the list below ( For more information about these study abroad options, contact Dr. Leticia López,, Office G-238, (619) 388-2353.

If you are interested in studying abroad on your own through a program not affiliated with the CCIE, please review the San Diego Community College District's "Policy for Courses Taken in a Foreign Country" and be aware that you may or may not receive credit for the classes you take abroad. Make an appointment to speak with a Mesa College counselor first before you sign up for a study abroad program outside of the CCIE consortium.

July 11 - July 18, 2014. Offered by Peralta Community College District.
Contact: Andrea Lee
Phone: (510) 228-8969
Cost: $2,685. Please check the website below for the list of expenses.
Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad. 

Santa Monica College is excited to announce a Study Abroad trip to South Africa planned for the Winter 2015 session.

The program will include two SMC classes (TBD), with three weeks of classes on campus, three weeks abroad. Additional details including dates, costs, and classes will be available mid-to-late January 2014.

SMC is excited to announce a Study Abroad trip to South Africa planned for the Winter 2015 session.
The program will include two SMC classes (TBD), with three weeks of classes on campus, three weeks abroad.
Additional details including dates, costs, and classes will be available mid-to-late January 2014.


September 5 - November, 2014. Offered by Pasadena City College.
Contact: Cathy Wei
Phone: (626) 585-7464
Cost: $5,839-does not include airfare.
Chinese Language and History Classes.

Program Highlights Include: Guided excursions to the Mutianyu Great Wall, the Forbidden City, hutongs (narrow alleys) of Beijing, the Hongluo Temple, and more...Accommodations (bathroom en suite) in International Student Dorms at Capital Normal University, next to public transportation. A weekly meal stipend of 200 RMB. Medical and travel insurance coverage for the length of the program. Pre-departure and on-site support and assistance. A roundtrip transfer from the airport to accommodations in Beijing.


  • June 8 - July 20, 2014, Offered by BUTTE.
    Contact: Jane Alt 
    Phone: (530) 879-4077
    Cost: $3,800-includes airfare.
    Spanish Classes and Service Learning
  • June 14 - June 29, 2014. Offered by Napa Valley College.
    Contact: María L. Villagómez
    Phone: (707) 253-3178
    Cost: $3,100 +NVC class fees

    Spanish Classes or Intro to Hispanic Literature--Includes excursions to Poas Volcano, Tortuguero National Park, Visits to coffee and banana plantations as well as a tour of San Jose. 


  • June 28 - July 25, 2014. Offered by Santa Barbara City College.
    Contact: Julie Brown
    Phone: (805) 965-3599
    Cost: $3, 675-does not include airfare. 
    Six units (CSU transferable only)
    Optional travel after the program ends.

    Program Highlights Include: Half-day sightseeing tour of London and entrance to the Tower of London, Attendance at a London West End theater production, visit to the British Library, guided tour of the BBC Studios, Day trip to Bath and Stonehenge, Day trip to Glastonbury and Wells plus entrance to Glastonbury Tor and Wells Cathedral, Housing in student residences with kitchen and internet facilities, London Transport travel pass, Access to the wireless enabled AIFS Student Center, fax and mail services and emergency contact service, Access to the student computer lab.


  • September 4 - November 14, 2014. Offered by Citrys College.
    Contact: Study Abroad Office
    Phone: (626) 852-8080
    Cost: $ 6, 745-does not include airfare. 
  • May 22 - June 13, 2014. Offered by State Center Community College District.
    Contact: Ken Zamora
    Phone: (559) 442-4600 Ext. 8108
    Cost: $2,995-does not include airfare, $50 nonrefundable application fee, $125 refundable housing deposit, and optional additional fees.


  • June 23 - July 26, 2014. Offered by San Diego Mesa College.
    Contact: Patxi Zabaleta
    Phone: (619) 388-2213
    Cost: $ 2, 450-does not include airfare.

    Live and study in Madrid, the capital of Spain and center of Spanish art. Students enroll in one or two classes for the duration of the program. Classes are UC, CSU transferable. Instruction in Madrid will be from 9:00am – 12:45pm five days per week. U.S. departure for all students on June 28th, arrival in Madrid on June 29th, classes start on June 30th.
  • September 4 - December 3, 2014. Offered by Santa Barbara City College.
    Contact: Carola Smith
    Phone: (805) 965-058. Ext.2243
    Cost: $8,550-does not include airfare.
    Classes Spanish Language, Intercultural Communications, Film Studies. 

    Picture yourself in Madrid, Spain in the fall of 2014 experiencing this capital city and studying Spanish language and culture, intercultural communication and film production and potentially interning at a Spanish company or non-profit organization!



  • June 27-July 25, 2014. Offered by Southwestern College.
    Contact: Carla Kirkwood 
    Phone: (619) 482-6504
    Cost: $4, 390. Includes airfare. 

    This is a language immersion program. Students will live with host families (french families) and share a room with another student in the program. 


July 27 - August 30, 2014. Offered by Lake Tahoe College.
Contact: Nancy Barclay
Phone: (530) 541-4660
Cost: $3,048 includes airfare from Reno or San Francisco.

Spanish Language Lessons in Antigua, six hours a day for two weeks. Side trips such as Museo del Café, Macademia Nut Farm, Ciudad Vieja, Colonial Tour of Antigua, Full-day excursion to Chichicastenango and Panajachel, Lake Atitlan.

June 15 - July 16, 2014. Offered by Glendale College.
Contact: Study Abroad Office
Phone: (818) 240-1000 Ext. 5718
Cost: $3,995 includes airfare.

Price includes airfare, accommodations (mostly on a single basis), some meals, and side trips. We will tour Tokyo, visit the area around Mt. Fuji, participate in a tea ceremony, enjoy hot springs, and visit the historical cities of Kyoto and Nara. 


  • Summer 2014. Offered by State Center Community College District.
    Contact: Marcy Davidson
    Phone: (559) 638-3641 Ext.3127
    Cost: $3, 045. This fee excludes airfare, optional medical insurance upgrade ($65), optional personal effects coverage ($90), $125 refundable damage deposit, passport or visa fees. Please see brochure for details.


  • June 26 - July 26, 2014. Offered by Citrus College.
    Contact Lynn Jamison
    Phone: (626) 914- 8560
    Cost: $2, 975. The program fee is based on enrollment. If 30 or more students enroll, the fee will be $2,775 per person; If 25-29 students enroll, the fee will be $2,845; If 20-24 students enroll, the fee will be $2,975. Classes Music Appreciation; Art History and Appreciation


June 30 – July 29, 2014.  Offered by Los Angeles Valley College.
Contact: Beth Brown
Phone: (818) 415- 5227
Cost: $3,495 based on enrollment of 15-19 participants. An optional transportation package is also available.


July 1 - July 18, 2014. Offered by City College of San Francisco.
Contact: Study Abroad Office
Phone: (415) 239-3778
Cost $2,425 includes air from S.F.

Our three-week program offers an intensive introduction to Oaxacan cuisine, through hands-on cooking classes, demonstrations and field trips to a mescal distillery, a cheese producer, a bakery, and food markets. Classes will be taught by local "celebrity" chefs, such as Susanna Trilling, author of the cookbook "Seasons of My Heart" and a contributor to PBS, as well as Oaxacan restaurateurs and others whose cooking skills have been passed down through the generations. 


  • ecember 28, 2012 - January 8, 2013. Offered by City College of San Francisco

Contact Jill Heffron