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

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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 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.



2018 & 2019 Program Line-up

2018 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand (10 weeks); Spring: Berlin/Germany (10 weeks); Summer: Costa Rica (4 weeks); Fall: London/England (10 weeks), 2019 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring:Lyon/France NEW PROGRAM!; Summer: Costa Rica, other programs TBD, Fall: Barcelona/Spain.

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP application for Spring 2018 programs: Student Deadline: October 3, 2017, 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 will be notified by November 2017. Make an appointment with Kelly today!


Programs in Progress:


Florence/Italy 10 weeks - 15 credits - offered bi-annually

Application Deadline: passed!

Program Dates: March 31 - June 16, 2017

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

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


Costa Rica

Application Deadline: May 19, 2017

08/19/17 - 09/16/17, Program fees: $2,949.00 (includes homestays 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:


Barcelona/Spain 10 weeks - 15 credits

Application Deadline: Early Bird ($100 OFF) - March 31; General Deadline: June 16

09/26/17 - 12/02/17, Program fees: $6575.00 (includes homestay with daily breakfast & dinner, weekly cultural activities, transportation pass for zone 1). Not included: airfare, tuition, lunches, personal expenses. Students will earn 15 credits, incl. a 5 credit Spanish language class.

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


Australia/New Zealand 10 weeks - 15 credits - offered every Winter quarter

Application Deadline: October 20, 2017

Program Dates: January 3, 2018 - March 10, 2018

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)
  • CMST 225 - Intercultural Communication (5 credits) 


Berlin/Germany 10 weeks - 15 credits

Application Deadline: December 8, 2017 (for group flight option), January19, 2018, for independent travel

Program Dates: March 23 - June 1, 2018

Program Fees: $7,195.00, excluding airfare, tuition and most food

Classes offered: TBD