Study Abroad


Study Abroad leads to enhanced career opportunities for many students.

Why study abroad?

Almost anyone who has spent time studying in another country will say that it was one of the most impactful experiences of their life. SPSCC is passionate about offering many ways to explore the world while also focusing on your education. Students who study abroad gain:

  • An increased sense of independence, confidence, courage and personal strength
  • Cultural sensitivity and global awareness
  • Better communication skills
  • Opportunities to increase career outlooks through communications across cultures and networking internationally

Study Abroad programs

Short-term Study Abroad programs

For more information about our short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs, contact the instructor listed or Amy VanSurksum.

Japan, Spring/Summer 2019

Osaka, Japan
Travel Dates:  June 18-July 5, 2019
Program fee:  $1,800* includes hostel accommodation with kitchen facilities, utensils and linens; guided excursions to Osaka, Kyoto and Sakai; seminars by local experts on arts, culture, education, one group meal, and travel medical insurance. Not included in the program fee: tuition, airfare, personal expenses, passport and visa fees, meals, non-required trips or excursions, and any other expenses. Bicycle skills required.
Class:  IIS 130 Intro to East Asian Studies (Spring Quarter 2019)
Instructor:  Aki Suzuki
Application Deadline:  February 1, 2019
Deposit Due Date:  $300 non-refundable deposit due March 12
Balance Due Date:  Remaining $1500 due May 5
Video: Japan Study Abroad


New Zealand, Winter 2019

Dunedin, New Zealand
Travel Dates:  Feb 14-Mar 9, 2019
Program fee:  $1,800* includes $300 non-refundable deposit
Course:  ANTH&100 Survey of Anthropology (5 credits)
Instructor:  Patrick Chapman
Cost includes:
Stay with host family (with breakfast and dinner daily)
Guided excursions
Medical and liability insurances
Cost does not include:
Other meals not specified
Passport or visa fees
Personal expenses and other expenses not included in the program cost
Application Deadline:  Oct 19, 2018

WCCCSA Study Abroad Programs

The Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA) consists of over 16 two-year colleges in Washington State that have joined efforts to design study abroad programs specifically for community college students with the goal to offer programs that fit their degree programs and schedules  at a lower cost than they might find at a four-year institution.

The following programs are currently offered by the consortium:

  • Lyon, France, Spring 2019
  • Costa Rica, Summer 2019
  • Morocco, Pre-Fall 2019
  • Barcelona, Spain, Fall 2019


See the WCCCSA website:

*Program fee may vary slightly due to the exchange rate and number of students.
Dates and other details are based on last year’s program, which are subject to change.

Funding for Study Abroad programs

Most students leverage grants, scholarships, and student loans to pay for their study abroad programs. Explore some of the possibilities below or learn more about Financial Aid.
Funding Sources for Study Abroad programs

SPSCC Study Abroad Grant

Who can apply: Any currently enrolled SPSCC student who has already enrolled in one of the short-term faculty-led programs can apply.
Deadline: Varies by program.
More information:

SPSCC Scholarships

Study Abroad Video Contest

Who can apply: Students who want to study abroad or international students studying in the U.S.
Deadline: Check website.
More information: Create and submit an original video about the country that you are hoping to study abroad in, and win a $4000 grand prize to help you fund the study abroad trip. Visit the International Student Travel Video Contest website.

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Who can apply: U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university.
Deadline: Spring Programs: First Tuesday of October; Summer and Fall Programs: First Tuesday of March.
More information: Visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website.

Boren Awards

Who can apply: Any U.S. citizen enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited U.S. institution may apply. Boren Scholars must complete their programs before graduation.
More information: There is limitation to program locations. For a list of locations, please visit the scholarship website:

Critical Language Scholarship

Who can apply: The Critical Language Scholarship Program seeks participants from a variety of fields, backgrounds, and career paths, with the goal of building a cadre of Americans who speak critical languages at high levels in government, business, arts and culture, science and engineering, health and medicine, education, research, and other fields. The CLS Program is a nationally competed award open to all eligible U.S. undergraduate and graduate students in every field.
Deadline: Mid-November for the next year.
More information: Visit the CLS website:


Who can apply: Freeman-ASIA accepts applications from U.S. citizens or permanent residents studying at the undergraduate level at a two-year or four-year college or university who demonstrate financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia.
Deadline: Summer applications will open in mid-January, with a late February/early March deadline. The fall and academic year application generally opens in mid-February, with an early April deadline.
More information: See

Fund for Education Abroad

Who can apply: U.S. citizens or permanent resident of the U.S. (as of May 2015, we welcome applications from DACA students); Currently enrolled as an undergraduate at a college or university in the U.S. (graduate students are not eligible); Study abroad program must be eligible for credit at the student’s educational institution; Study abroad program must include at least 4 weeks (30 days) in country/countries.
Deadline: Application normally open in November for the next academic year (For instance November 2016 for academic year 2017-2018).
More information: Visit the FEA website.

GoEuro Scholarship

Who can apply: There are 10 individual €2000 scholarships for students planning to study abroad in Europe. Students also have the opportunity to enter the Instagram competition by posting a video/image which represents the European country they’re hoping to study in. There are two €500 Instagram prizes available.
Deadline: Check website.
More information: Visit the GoEuro website:

IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants

Who can apply: IIE Generation Study Abroad Travel Grants offers $2000 to SPSCC students who are studying abroad for academic purposes. This grant will apply to all current SPSCC and WCCCSA programs.
Deadline: October for Winter and Spring programs; March for Summer and Fall programs. Application opens in January. Check website.
More information: Visit the IIE website:

Mobility International Disability Scholarship Search

Who can apply: MIUSA (Mobility International USA) has a listing of dozens of funding opportunities for study abroad students with a disability of any kind.
More information: Visit the MIUSA website.

Other Scholarships