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For Faculty and Staff

This section is for staff and faculty at our three colleges — Cañada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College — and staff at the District office.

SMCCCD faculty and staff are integral components of our students' study abroad experiences. SMCCCD Study Abroad aims to make our study abroad efforts inclusive of faculty and staff across the District.

SMCCCD Faculty

  • Are you a faculty member thinking of teaching your course abroad?
  • Have an innovative idea to teach a STEM course internationally?
  • Would you like to add and lead an international service learning component to your course?
  • Are you interested in teaching in Europe for a semester with our consortium program?

SMCCCD faculty inspire students to think with a global perspective and can design their courses with a study abroad component working with SMCCCD Study Abroad. Download our handbook for faculty, The SMCCCD Faculty Guide to Teaching Your Course Abroad, for all the procedures, tips and guidance in submitting a successful course proposal for your global learning course. This guide includes procedures and applications for our semester long and short-term programs.

Attend one of our Teach Your Course Abroad workshops to hear from faculty who have taught their courses internationally and SMCCCD Study Abroad on submitting successful course proposals.


  • Are you a staff member who loves to travel and meet new people?
  • Have you travelled internationally and would like to share your knowledge with the San Mateo County Community?
  • Have you lead a group of adults for a field trip — locally or internationally?

SMCCCD staff can apply to serve as Travel Ambassadors for our Community Travel Program and build a sense of community with each educational tour cohort in the program.

Learn more about SMCCCD Study Abroad's Community Travel Program and apply to serve as a Travel Ambassadors for one of our educational tours worldwide. If selected, Travel Ambassadors' international air-travel, insurance and lodging costs, and some meals are covered. A mandatory Travel Ambassador Training is provided for all selected Travel Ambassadors in the Community Travel Program.

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Program providers offer a suite of services such as managing travel services, logistics, site visits and must meet our District requirements for professional liability coverage and insurance. Program providers must contact SMCCCD Study Abroad prior to contacting or starting a proposal with SMCCCD faculty. Download our service provider agreement   to learn about the various requirements. Contact Zaid Ghori, Director of Special International Programs, for more information.

Below is a list of SMCCCD approved program providers:


American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (866) 906 2437 

AIFS has study abroad programs in 20 different countries, worldwide offices, and has been helping students with international cultural study programs since 1964. SMCCCD Study Abroad collaborated with AIFS in the past with Semester Abroad programs to Florence, Barcelona, London and Paris and a short-term faculty-led program, Fashion in Florence.



World Strides
Phone: (800) 422-2368
More info: 

World Strides has over 50+ years of experience and has helped facilitate programs for 7 million students on study abroad. Last year, 400,000 students studied abroad with the help of World Strides. They are very well connected with more than 10,000 K-12 schools and 500 colleges/universities. SMCCCD Study Abroad worked with World Strides in the past and has done an Ethiopia site visit.



EF College Study Tours
Phone: (800) 873-2250 

EF is one of the leaders in faculty led programs at 1,200+ colleges and universities. They have an extensive network of 500+ schools and offices in 50+ countries. They have been in the business for over 50 years since 1965. They focus on the three pillars of cultural experience, language, and academics. SMCCCD Study Abroad has worked with EF in 2016 to launch the Community Travel Program to Italy as a way to fundraise scholarship funds for study abroad students.



Alterra Consulting
1247 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Suite 201
Washington, D.C. 20007
Phone: (202) 421-4417

 Alterra Global Initiatives is a group of education consultants focusing on global trends, events, and programs for students, faculty, and school administrators since 1995. SMCCCD Study Abroad is working on launching a short-term Intercultural Communication course to South Africa June 2017 and has conducted a site visit to South Africa facilities.



2175 La Mirada Drive
Richmond, CA 94803
Phone: (415) 735-5407 

AltruVistas’s goals are sustainable and socially responsible travel. They are skilled developing personalized ethical abroad programs meeting the needs of clients while still respecting the local community. They are collaborating with SMCCCD Study Abroad for a short term 2-week faculty-led Cuban Life and Culture course for the summer of 2017