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Proposal Process for Faculty-led Study Abroad Programs

Instructional Council approved a new proposal process for faculty interested in leading a short term study abroad program at SPSCC. Please come to see me for more information and a proposal packet.

Timeline: For programs running Fall 2019 through Summer 2020, Submit complete proposal to me no later than the last week of instruction four quarters prior to the trip’s departure (for example, a Summer 2019 program proposal should be submitted by the last week of instruction Summer Quarter 2018; Fall 2019 program proposals the last week of instruction Fall Quarter 2018; and so on). 


Symposium on Int'l Faculty-Led Programs: Registration & Faculty Award Nominations

 Symposium on Int'l Faculty-Led Programs: Registration & Faculty Award Nominations



Join us for the 2018 Symposium on International Faculty-Led Programs <>, which will be held on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the University Hotel & Conference Center in Portland, Oregon.


Please click here to register <>.



Design and Pedagogy for Transformative Intercultural Learning

I recently came across this blog with an excerpt on how to develop intercultural learning objectives from a chapter in the book Learning Across Cultures: Locally and Globally, edited by Barbara Kappler Mikk and Inge Steglitz. The chapter is titled "Design and Pedagogy for Transforative Intercultural Learning" and the blog can be found at . The book can be purchased in the bookstore on NAFSA's website at


Barcelona Professional Development Opportunity (you only pay airfare!)

From Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE) we are excited to announce our professional development and site visit itinerary for 2018.

We would like to share with you the opportunity to experience in person how we use Barcelona as our classroom for our study, intern and customized program options while connecting with colleagues in the field and gaining professional development.

Mark your calendar: February 14-16, 2018 with an optional one-day excursion outside of Barcelona on February 17th.


Community Colleges for International Development

SPSCC is a member of CCID. Faculty and staff are welcome to sign up to access the "members only" sections of the website and receive regular newsletters and updates. CCID offers an annual conference, information about funding opportunities and professional development specific to community colleges, partnership identification and more. Sign up today to receive the benefits of this organization!


Lead A Quarter-Long Study Abroad with WCCCSA

SPSCC is a member of the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA). This consortium allows us to provide quarter-long and short-term study abroad programs to exciting destinations without the pressure of filling the program entirely with SPSCC students. Our students can study abroad with students from community colleges around the state of Washington. Faculty can apply to lead these programs! If you are interested, please review the faculty application information and discuss it with your Dean.


International Education Resources

Northwest International Education Association offers a workshop every summer and a conference every fall for community college faculty. Faculty internationalization grants are also available annually:

The NIEA Fall Workshop, "Global Human Security: A Multidisciplinary Approach," will be held Friday, October 20 at Cascadia College from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm. Registration closes October 16. $50 registration fee includes lunch. For more information or to register, please visit

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