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Programs

SMCCCD Study Abroad offers a portfolio of innovative study abroad programs for academic credit and not-for-credit in several countries. We live in a globalized culture and economy, yet it can be difficult to really comprehend the world beyond our borders. In order to thrive in the modern workplace you will need to think and act with a global perspective. Whether you are looking to study for a semester abroad, short-term or enroll in not-for-credit educational travel tours, SMCCCD Study Abroad offers something for students and the San Mateo County Community.

Semesters Abroad

Since 1986, SMCCCD Study Abroad has participated in the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) to offer semester-long study abroad programs in various European destinations. Courses are pre-articulated with the University of California and California State University systems to ensure transferability and are taught abroad in English by American Community College professors.

Short-term Study Abroad Programs

Our Short-Term Study Abroad Programs are credit-bearing, transferable courses designed by SMCCCD faculty and are usually under two weeks in length.

These courses are offered during the Spring Break, Summer Session and Spring Session. For many Community College students, who work part-time or full-time, our courses offer the flexibility to experience study abroad with the leadership and guidance of experienced SMCCCD faculty.

Educational Travel

Explore the world and make a difference in a student’s study abroad experience through our Community Travel Program. Designed as not-for-credit, the Community Travel Program offers educational travel tours around the world for the San Mateo County Community and beyond. Led by SMCCCD staff or faculty volunteering as Travel Ambassadors, the purpose of the Community Travel Program is to serve as a scholarship fundraiser for SMCCCD students applying to study abroad in our Semester-Long and Short-Term Study Abroad Programs. A portion of your program fee goes directly towards student scholarships for study abroad and is tax deductible. The San Mateo County Community College Foundation provides tax deductible documentation to all participants in the Community Travel Program.