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 - 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; WCC Short-Term Program, Summer 2018: Germany/Poland "History of the Holocaust", Fall: Barcelona/Spain.

The Deadline for the Short-Term Program to Germany & Poland has been extended to Friday, January 19th.

Upcoming Deadlines: 

Berlin, Spring 2018: Group flight deadline, Friday, December 8th! Independent travel, Friday, January 12, 2018!

Summer Short-Term Program to Germany & Poland, Friday, January 19th.

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP application for Summer 2018 programs: Student Deadline: March 6, 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!

Programs in Progress:


Barcelona/Spain 10 weeks - 15 credits (will return Fall 2019)

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)

PROGRAM FEE:  $7,820  
Program Costs include Airfare To/From International Airport, Lab fee of $350 and Airline Taxes/Surcharges of $275 
Land-only option $6,320  Includes Lab fee of $350. Excludes airfare and airport transfers.

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.


  • Round trip group airfare on program dates from Seattle/Melbourne/Auckland/Seattle
  • Group transfers to/from international airports
  • Student housing accommodations at Newman College, University of Melbourne (except break week)
  • Student housing accommodations at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland (except break week)
  • Many meals at Newman College
  • Kitchen facilities in Auckland
  • Lab fee ($350)
  • Airport taxes, fees and surcharges ($275)
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Welcome BBQ in Melbourne and pizza party in Auckland
  • Student basic medical insurance

Not Included:

  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Meals not previously specified
  • Housing accommodations during break weeks
  • Local transportation
  • Some curriculum activities admissions
  • Fees for some sporting, telephone, and internet facilities
  • Personal and entertainment expenses
  • Independent travel and expenses during and after the program
  • Anything not specified as included in the program

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: TBD

08/TBD/17 - 09/TBD/17, Program fees: TBD approx. $2,900.00 (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: