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

Short-term Study Abroad programs

For more information about our short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs, contact the instructor listed for each program.

India, Winter 2020

Taj Mahal, India

Trip Details: Study politics and religion, and multifaceted environmental and economic challenges in India for four weeks during Winter Quarter 2020. Course activities will include visits to local nonprofit volunteer organizations, innovative businesses, important religious sites, UNICEF World Heritage Site historical monuments, and wildlife parks in Rajasthan, as well as attendance at the International Jaipur Literature Festival 2020.

Travel Dates:  January 19-February 5, 2020 (Winter Quarter)
Program fee:  $3,000* This does not include airfare, passport, visa, immunization, and 15 credits tuition.
Classes:  POLS 202 Introduction to Politics (5 credits); IIS 151 Contemporary India (5 credits; Diversity); and HUM 220 Sacred Texts: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism (5 credits)
Instructors:  Parakh Hoon and James Schneider
Application Deadline:  October 11, 2019
Deposit Due Date:  $300 November 6, 2019
Balance Due Date:  Remaining due December 17, 2019


New Zealand, Winter 2020

Dunedin, New Zealand

Travel Dates:  January 23-February 14, 2020
Program fee:  $1,800 Includes stay with host family (with breakfast and dinner daily), guided excursions, medical and liability insurances. Does not include tuition, airfare, other meals not specified, passport or visa fees, personal expenses, other expenses.
Course:  ANTH&100 Survey of Anthropology (5 credits)
Instructor:  Patrick Chapman
Application Deadline:  October 25, 2019
Deposit Due: $300 November 6, 2019 (registration begins)
Balance Due: $1500 December 17, 2019 (Winter Tuition due date)


Japan, Summer 2020

Osaka, Japan

Trip Details: Study culture, social, political elements of Japan. Including customs, arts, religion, history and literature for 2 and a half weeks during spring/summer quarter 2020. Students will participate in cultural activities, projects and field study. Students will have international exchange opportunism and build global friendship with our associate university; Hagoromo University of International studies students. Students will visit Japanese ancient historical sites in Nara and Kyoto, and modern sub cultural sites in Osaka and an elementary school to associate with Japanese students. Students will participate a film project to create a short film to introduce Japanese culture and history with Hagoromo University of international studies students and faculty. Students will have several lectures from Japanese professors about Japanese culture, education, diversity and film.

Travel Dates: Tentative date: June 23 – July 7, 2020
Program Fee: $1800 *This does not include airfare, passport, visa, and 5 credits tuition.
Class: IIS 130 Introduction to East Asian Studies (5 credits)
Instructor: Aki Suzuki
Application Deadline: March 6, 2020
Deposit Due Date: $300 due March 20, 2020
Program Balance Due Date: June 5, 2020


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:


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.

Deadline: February 7, 2019
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: January 7, 2019 for Summer and Fall 2019 programs.
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