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October 4, 2023

Scholarships can fund adventures in learning across the globe.

Ready to experience the excitement of an international education? Study abroad through JCCC! With over 100 programs across the globe ranging from two weeks to a full year, you can find the right program for you and possible scholarships to fund your expedition.

1. Short on Time? Take a Faculty-led Trip

Taste freshly harvested chocolate in Costa Rica. Walk through prehistoric caves in the Basque Country of Spain and France. Explore sustainability solutions in the glaciers of Iceland.

Faculty-led trips like these can take you on an immersive, interactive experience in two weeks or less. Knowledgeable JCCC faculty lead you through breathtaking popular sites. You’ll gain a deeper understanding of each country’s social, political and artistic cultures.

You’ll also earn academic credit during your adventure that will enhance your area of study. A recent faculty-led trip to the Netherlands took students to top Dutch companies as they learned about water management and welding techniques through the country’s innovative flood prevention system.

Faculty-led programs are open to everyone, with new itineraries added year round. Explore upcoming voyages and apply before the deadline.

2. Pursue a Semester (or Longer) Abroad

Longer-term programs envelop you in the culture of your country of choice. In your summer, semester or full year abroad, opportunities for self-growth and discovery are endless. You’ll hear new languages, try different foods and learn to navigate a foreign land during your time abroad.

As you experience new cultural and societal norms, you’ll also earn college credit. JCCC’s International Education works with partner institutions to maximize the number of credits that can transfer back to JCCC for your specific degree program. You could earn as many as 16 transferable college credits as you explore new surroundings.

3. Fund Your Study Abroad With Scholarships

JCCC offers multiple scholarship opportunities to make your study abroad dream a reality. Federal programs such as the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship can provide up to $5,000 — and over 50 JCCC students have qualified!

Judy Zou, a recent Gilman Scholarship awardee, studied fashion at the Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy, alongside eight other JCCC students. She found the experience influential to her education.

“As a fashion major, a trip to Florence was perfect for me to learn about one of the most fashion-centric countries,” said Judy. “I learned a lot from Italian fashion and saw firsthand how it changed the view of fashion for them and the world.”

Judy encourages JCCC students to pursue their passions through study abroad.

“Depending on what you're interested in, it's a good way to learn more or delve deeper into what you’re already passionate about,” she said.  

4. Round Out Your Experience With the Global Awareness Program

Add an academic distinction to your time abroad with the Global Awareness Program, a four-component sequence that earns you elevated recognition for your transcript and résumé.

Begin by expanding your worldview with a globally focused course, followed by a campus event or activity with multinational connections.

By forming a foundation through these initial experiences, you’ll be ready and excited for the third component, your study abroad.

Once you’ve returned from your adventure, reflect on what you’ve learned in the final component, the capstone. Detail your achievements and submit your reflection to receive your Global Awareness Program recognition.

Ready to Plan Your Trip?

Take the first step in your study abroad adventure—stop by International Education in COM 220 to learn how to get started ­— and then start packing!