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

2019 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring: Lyon/France (NEW DESTINATION!); Summer: Costa Rica; Short-term program to Northern India, Fall: Barcelona/Spain; 2020 - Spring: Berlin/Germany; Summer: Costa Rica; Short-term program to be determined; Fall: London/England.

Upcoming Deadlines: 

Winter 2019 in Australia/New Zealand: October 19, 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) deadline passed

Will be available again in 2019.

Programs in Progress:

Make an appointment to get more information.


Australia/New Zealand

Jan. 8, 2019 - March 16, 2019. Program fees: $8,230 (incl. airfare, overseas transfers, some food in Melbourne, etc.). Land-only option: $6,730. Not included: college tuition, meals not specified, local transportation, housing accommodations during breaks, independent travel and expenses during and after the program, anything not specified as included. Please contact Ulli for more information; contact info on the side bar.

Classes offered:

  • HIST 233 - History of Australia & New Zealand (5 credits),
  • BIOL 133 - Natural Science of Australia & New Zealand (5 credits).
  • HUM 133 - Intercultural Communication(5 credits)



April 7 - June 15, 2019. Program fees: $6,700 for early application received by Nov. 1, 2018. $6,800 for applications received by final deadline, December 14, 2018 (includes group transfers between the airport and the accommodation, housing in homestay with breakfast & dinner provided 7 days/week, orientation program, 24-hour emergency contact service, all excursions and activities listed in brochure,welcome and farewell dinners, lunch on Beaune day trip.

Classes offered:

  • ENGL ??? - Creative Nonfiction Writing  (5 credits),
  • ENGL 161 - Introduction to American Literature (5 credits).
  • FRCH ??? - French language (5 credits)
  • CMST&210 - Interpersonal Communication (if more than 25 students have enrolled in the program)
  • CMST&220 - Public Speaking (if more than 25 students have enrolled in the program)


Costa Rica - 5 credits of Spanish, mid-August to mid-September, approx. $2,900 (without airfare and tuition), homestays with most food provided.

Morocco - 5 credits of Cultural Studies, tentatively from Aug. 25 - Sept. 15, $3,000 (8 students minimum, without airfare and tuition), more information forthcoming.

Northern India - 5 credits ENGL: Environmental Literature, more details TBD, approx. $3,000 incl. airfare and tuition. Information session scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 16th at 10am in KULS 221.



Sept. 25 - Nov. 30, 2019, Program Fees: $6,650 (not incl. airfare, passport, visa fees, personal spending money, tuition) Apply by March 15 & save $100. 15 credits (Spanish Lang. & Culture, ENGL: Creative Writing, ENGL: World Literature). Please look for flyers and make an appointment for more information.