Study Abroad


Study Abroad leads to enhanced career opportunities for many students.

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

October 3, 2017 — Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship: All pell-grant eligible recipients are eligible.
October 13, 2017 — International Student Travel Video Contest: Create and submit an original video about the country that you are hoping to study abroad in and win a $4000 grand prize.

See details below in Funding Sources.

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

Dunedin, New Zealand, Winter 2018

Dunedin, New Zealand
Travel Dates:  Feb 16-Mar 17, 2018
Program fee:  $2100*
Class:  ANTH 100 Introduction to Anthropology 5 credits
Instructor:  Patrick Chapman
Application Deadline:  Nov 22, 2017 (with $300 deposit).

Cook Islands, South Pacific, Winter 2018

Travel Dates:  Mar 17-24, 2018
Program fee:  $1250*
Classes:  OCEA&101, Intro to Oceanography w/Lab 5 credits (Patrick Chapman)
ANTH&227 Pacific Island Cultures 5 credits (Lynn Corliss)
Instructor:  Patrick Chapman and Lynn Corliss
Application Deadline:  Nov 22, 2017 (with $300 deposit).

Osaka, Japan, Summer 2018

Osaka, Japan
Travel Dates:  June 22-July 10, 2018
Program fee:  $1600*
Class:  IIS 130 Intro to East Asian Studies 5 credits
Instructor:  Aki Suzuki
Application Deadline:  April 27, 2018

Cork, Ireland, Summer 2018

Cork, Ireland
Travel Dates:  July 9-24, 2018
Program fee:  $1300*
Class:  SOC&101 Introduction to Sociology 5 credits
Instructor:  Eric Chase
Application Deadline:  April 27, 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:

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

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: October 13, 2017
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: 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.
More information: Visit the GoEuro 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.

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