Study Abroad

Why study abroad?

Studies show that students who study abroad have an increased sense of independence, confidence, cultural sensitivity and global awareness, a stronger sense of the individual's own courage and personal strength, better communication skills, an increased sense of adventure, willingness to step out of personal comfort zones and feeling more well-rounded as individuals.

Study abroad can also increase one’s career outlooks through communications across cultures and networking internationally. Many of our recent graduates have taken advantage of their study abroad journeys in their career adventures. For tips on how to include your study abroad experience in your resume, please contact SPSCC’s career center.

Funding for Study Abroad programs

There are numerous grants and scholarships to assist in studying abroad. Below are some of the more prominent ones. Also see Financial Aid for more information about student loans that can be used for Study Abroad.

Funding sources for Study Abroad programs

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

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.

Visit the Gilman Scholarship Program website.

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).

Visit the FEA website.

GoEuro Scholarship

Who can apply: All participants must already be enrolled in a college or university program for the 2016/2017 academic year. Winners will be asked to submit a "Proof of Enrollment" document (PDF copy) at their current institution. They will also need to send a copy of their "Letter of Acceptance" (PDF copy) for their study abroad course at a European institution. Only study abroad programs in EU countries and/or Schengen Area countries are qualified.

Deadline: Entries for applications will be accepted between 12:00 (GMT+1) Thursday, September 15, 2016 and midnight (GMT+1) on Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Applications received outside this time period will not be considered. Scholarship winners will be announced on Monday, February 6, 2017.

Visit the GoEuro website:

Critical Language Scholarship Program

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

Visit the CLS website:

Mobility International Disability Scholarship Search Guide

MIUSA (Mobility International USA) has a listing of dozens of funding opportunities for study abroad students with a disability of any kind.

Visit the MIUSA 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.


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.

There is limitation to program locations. For a list of locations, please visit the scholarship website:

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: vary by program

For more information:

SPSCC Scholarships

Scholarship search engines

Short-term Study Abroad programs

New Zealand, Winter 2017

Dunedin, New Zealand
Travel Dates:  Feb 16-Mar 19, 2017
Program fee:  $2100 (may vary slightly due to the exchange rate and number of students)
Class:  ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology
Instructor:  Patrick Chapman
Application Deadline:  Nov 23, 2016 (with $300 deposit).

Osaka, Japan, Summer 2017 (no Japanese skill required)

Osaka, Japan
Travel Dates:  June 22-July 10, 2017
Program fee:  $1600 (may vary slightly due to the exchange rate and number of students)
Class:  IIS 130 East Asian Studies
Instructor:  Aki Suzuki
Application Deadline:  April 28, 2017 (with $300 deposit).

Cork, Ireland, Summer 2017

Cork, Ireland
Travel Dates:  July 9-July 24, 2017
Program fee:  $1300 (may vary slightly due to the exchange rate and number of students)
Class:  SOC&101 Introduction to Sociology
Instructor:  Eric Chase
Application Deadline:  May 16, 2017 (with $300 deposit).

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:

  • Alajuela, Costa Rica, Summer 2017 (application open)
  • Barcelona, Spain, Fall 2017 (application open)
  • Berlin, Germany, Spring 2018
  • London, England, Fall 2018

See the WCCCSA website: