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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

"This trip taught me how to humanize historical study. It gave me an opportunity to see and feel all the gray area associated with those involved in seemingly obvious battle between good and evil. It was unnervingly enlightening because it was so terrifyingly relatable." -- Regan, WCC student, Germany/Poland 2018 participant (Class on the Holocaust). 

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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.

COVID-19 Update: The Washington State Study Abroad Consortium (WCCCSA) as well as Whatcom Community College take the health and safety of our students very seriously. For that reason the short-term Summer 2020 program in Belgium, France & the Netherlands has been postponed to 2021. The new dates will be published as soon as possible. 

The WCCCSA Executive Board has decided, due to continued uncertainties in regards to COVID-19, to cancel/postpone the Summer 2020 program in Costa Rica as well as the Fall 2020 program in London, England. The Tokyo, Japan program has now also been postponed to Fall 2021.

IMPORTANT UPDATES: 2021 Program Line-up (as of July 27, 2020)

2021 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring: Berlin, GermanySummer: Costa Rica; Short-term program to Belgium, the Netherlands & France (Military History class); Fall: London, England & Tokyo/Japan.

2022 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring: Lyon, France; Summer: Costa Rica, other programs TBD; Fall: Barcelona,Spain.

Upcoming Application Deadlines: 

Berlin program: Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 - Early Bird discount $100

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020 - Students who wish to purchase the group flight

Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 - Students wishing to purchase their own flight

GILMAN SCHOLARSHIP (multiple individual awards up to $5000):          

Application requirements: U.S. citizen, Pell grant recipient.

Meet with Kelly Bashaw (Financial Aid & Academic ) 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!


This award is open to all students planning to participate in a program from Fall 2020 to spring 2021. TBD! Plan ahead, get your applications together early, and apply for the Anna Harris scholarship!

Upcoming Programs:

LATEST UPDATES: Berlin Program, Spring 2021


Depart: Thursday, March 25, 2021; Arrive: March 26, 2021

Depart Berlin: June 4, 2021

Program Fees: $7,595 (excl. airfare -TBD-, tuition $375, food, other items not listed as included in the program brochure).

Primary instructor: Ben Kohn, WCC; Music Appreciation,

- MUSC 105, Music Appreciation (5 credits)

- FILM 101, Intro to Film (5 credits)

- HUM 134, German Life & Culture (5 credits) will be taught by local faculty.

Students will have small private suites with bathroom, share kitchen in each floor.

Make an appointment to get more information:


Costa Rica - 5 credits of Spanish, living in host families, half-board during the week, full-board on weekends, fees approx. $3,100, incl. insurance. Not included airfare & tuition

Belgium/Netherlands/France - 5 credits HIST 250: American Military History, two weeks of instruction at WCC (07/06 - 07/17) followed by two weeks in Europe, exact dates TBD, approx. $2,950 incl. airfare and tuition. POSTPONED TO SUMMER 2021!



Depart U.S.: Sept. ? TBD, program dates: ? TBD

$7,495.00 (excludes airfare, tuition, optional insurance upgrades, passport or visa fees and anything not specified. Four $1,000.00 Scholarships available!

Primary instructor: Anna Wolff, WCC:

- ENGL 225, Children's Literature (5 credits)

- ENGL&236, Creative Writing I (5 credits)

- HUM 130, British Life & Culture (5 credits) will be taught by local faculty. Students will share a room in a homestay. Other options possible. Make an appointment for more information!


Program Dates: Sept. 26 - Dec, 6, 2021

Program Fees: $6,490 (includes airfare!), tuition at Whatcom $375.00 for 15 credits

Classes offered:

Creative Writing (5 credits), Beginning Digital Photography (5 credits), Japanese Life & Culture (5 credits) taught by Green River College and local faculty members.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2021, Payment Deadline: June 22, 2021

More information soon!

Updated: 07/28/20