Through the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA) Whatcom Community College offers study abroad programs to many destinations around the world. WCCCSA, in cooperation with providers like the American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS), offers specially tailored programs for first-time international travelers. Support includes pre-program advising, a pre-departure orientation, as well as in-country support throughout the study abroad program.

"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one's lifetime." -- Mark Twain, 1857

"Studying abroad in Scotland was the greatest treasure of my life so far. I got to literally touch history by climbing ancient hills, touching highland castles, and meeting the land and people my family came from. Learning from books is wonderful, but it cannot replace going out to see the world for yourself. If you want an experience that will enrich your mind, grow you as an individual, and positively change the way you see the world, take a trip somewhere!                    Explore, learn, live." -- Hannah, WCC student, Scotland 2017 participant. 

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Minimum application requirements for study abroad programs

  • Be at least 17 years of age (18 years of age for some programs)
  • Completion of at least 12 college-level credits
  • Minimum grade point average of 2.5

How to get Financial Aid for your Study Abroad experience:

Key to getting Financial Aid support for your chosen program is to make an appointment with Financial Aid advisor Kelly Bashaw,

A very important factor in participating in Study Abroad programs is to plan ahead and make appointments, both with the Financial Aid Advisor and the Study Abroad Advisor, at least 6 months before the program begins.


2018 & 2019 Program Line-up

2018 - Summer: WCC Short-Term Program, Summer 2018: Germany/Poland "History of the Holocaust", Costa Rica (4 weeks); Fall: London/England (10 weeks), 2019 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring: Lyon/France (NEW DESTINATION!); Summer: Costa Rica; , Fall: Barcelona/Spain.

Upcoming Deadlines: 

Summer program in Costa Rica: Friday, May 18, 2018

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP (multiple individual awards up to $5000) application for Winter/Spring 2019 programs: opens Mid-August, Deadline: October 2, 2018, Application requirements: U.S. citizen, Pell grant recipient

Meet with Kelly Bashaw (Financial Aid & Academic Advisor) now to discuss details and begin the application process. Make an appointment with her by calling 360-383-3080. The Gilman Scholarship provides up to $5,000.00 for successful applicants. Applicants for summer programs will be notified by May 2018. Make an appointment with Kelly today!

ANNA HARRIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (one $1696 award) application for the 2018-2019 school year is now available. Anyone who applied for a 2018-2019 program is eligible if you turn in a scholarship application with your program application (London/England - Fall 2018; Japan - Fall 2018; Australia/New Zealand - Winter 2019; Lyon/France - Spring 2019) by June 29th, 2018.

Programs in Progress:

Make an appointment to get more information.


Berlin/Germany 10 weeks - 15 credits

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017 (for group flight option), January 19, 2018, for independent travel

Program Dates: March 23 - June 1, 2018

Program Fees: $7,195.00, excluding airfare, tuition and most food. A $450 (non-refundable) deposit is required to be paid with your application to hold your place in the program. This deposit is part of the program fee.

Early Bird Discount $100, if you apply on or before October 27, 2017!

Classes offered

  • HUM 135 - German Life & Culture (5 credits)
  • MUSC 100 - Music Appreciation (5 credits)
  • FILM 101 - Introduction to Film (5 credits)
  • SOCIO 101 - Introduction to Sociology (offered if more than 25 students)
  • SOCIO 201 - Social Problems (offered if more than 25 students)

For more information, contact Ulrich Schraml, Associate Director of International Programs, in SYRE 201C, phone: 360-383-3244; email:


Costa Rica

Application Deadline: Friday, May 18, 2018

08/18/17 - 09/15/17, Program fees: $2,959.00 (includes homestay with daily breakfast & dinner, and various excursions). 

Not included: airfare, tuition, lunches, personal expenses, customs fees. Students can earn at least 5 credits in Spanish language (SPAN 121 - 223). Learning contracts for other credits possible. Scholarships are available through International Programs and other sources.

For more information, contact Ulrich Schraml, Associate Director of International Programs, in SYRE 201C, phone: 360-383-3244; email:

Germany/Poland: History of the Holocaust

06/25 - 06/29 (on campus), 07/02 - 07/19 (overseas)

Program cost: $1,325.00 plus airfare, tuition, meals (approx. $1,100, $555.83, $450)

Contact Ian Stacy for more information:


London/England 10 weeks, 15 credits

Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 27

Programs Dates: September 22 - December 1 (depart U.S. on Sept. 21)

Program Fees: $7,595.00, excl. airfare, group flight option: $858 incl. mandatory U.S. government and airline-imposed departure taxes, fees and fuel surcharges (subject to change); see brochure for more details

Classes offered:

  • HUM 130 - British Life & Culture (5 credits),
  • ANTH&206 - Cultural Anthropology (5 credits),
  • ANTH&204 - Archaeology (5 credits)

For more information, contact Ulrich Schraml, Associate Director of International Programs, in SYRE 201C, phone: 360-383-3244; email:


Australia/New Zealand

Jan. 8, 2019 - March 16, 2019. Program fees: $8,230 (incl. airfare, overseas transfers, etc.). Land-only option: $6,730.

More information forthcoming.