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 Australia and New Zealand was the best experience of my life! You get to see the most beautiful cities, meet life-long friends and have the adventure of your lifetime. I highly recommend this program." -- Ava Larsen, 2012 WCC participant

If you are interested in what famous people, besides Matthew McConaughey, Gwenneth Paltrow and Bill Clinton, studied abroad, check out this link:

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 Study Abroad 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, approximately 6 months before the program begins.



Fresh off the press: 2018 Program Line-up, new Summer 2017 program, special program in Rwanda, Summer 2016:

Winter: Australia/New Zealand (10 weeks); Spring: Berlin/Germany (10 weeks); Summer: Costa Rica (4 weeks); Fall: London/England (10 weeks).

Short-Term Program in Scotland, Summer 2017: For the first time WCC will be offering a 17-day long program in Scotland. Students will earn 3 credits in British Literature. Program cost: 1,322.00 not including airfare, food, personal expenses, Kilmartin Museum admission, Edinburgh daily bus. Learn more at an information session on Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 1:00pm - 2:30pm in Cascade Hall 130. For more information please contact Rhonda Daniels ( or Ulli Schraml ( Application deadline: November 21, 2016; interviews held 11/28 - 12/02.

Special Program in Rwanda, Summer 2016, focused on Social Science Research Methods Training. Supported by the National Science Foundation; almost all costs are covered! Check out the details here:


Programs in Progress:


London/England 10 weeks - 15 credits

Application Deadline: passed

Program Dates: Next London Program in Fall 2018

Program Fees: TBD

Upcoming Programs:


Australia/New Zealand 10 weeks - 15 credits


Application Deadline: October 21, 2017

Program Dates: January 3, 2017 - March 11, 2017

Program Fees: $7,820.00, incl. airfare, overseas airport transportation, lab fee, airport taxes and surcharges

Classes offered:

  • HUM 133 - Australian/New Zealand Life and Culture (5 credits)
  • HIST 233 History of Australia and New Zealand (5 credits)
  • BIOL 133 - Natural Science of Australia and New Zealand (5 credits) 


Florence/Italy 10 weeks - 15 credits

Application Deadline: December 16, 2016 (for students wishing to purchase the group flight)

January 13,  2017 (for students wishing to make their own flight arrangements)

Program Dates: March - June, 2017 (exact dates TBD)

Program Fees: $7,095.00 (EXCLUDES airfare, $250.00 refundable damage deposit, and anything else NOT listed in the program as included like tuition, food, passport or visa fees, personal expenses, etc.).

$450.00 deposit required with application (non-refundable)

Classes offered:

  • HUM131 - Italian Language, Life & Culture (5 credits)
  • ART 204 - History of Western Art: 15th through 18th Century (5 credits)
  • ART 112 - Drawing I

APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 16, 2016 (group flight option), January 12, 2017 (independent flight arrangements).

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


Scotland (Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Isle of Skye)

06/29/17 - 07/15/16 Program fees: $1,322.00 (incl. tuition). Not included: airfare, food, personal expenses, Kilmartin Museum admission, Edinburgh daily bus.

Information session on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, in Cascade Hall 130.

Costa Rica

Our summer program in Costa Rica runs for four weeks from mid-August to mid-September. Students can earn at least 5 credits in Spanish language (SPAN 121 - 223). Learning contracts for other programs possible. Program fees approx. $2,900.00 (incl. homestays, most food, excursions), not included are tuition and airfare. 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:


Barcelona/Spain 10 weeks - 15 credits

More information on future programs will be posted as it becomes available.