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 unnvervingly 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.

IMPORTANT UPDATES: 2020 Program Line-up

2020 - Winter: Australia/New Zealand; Spring: Berlin/Germany; Summer: Costa Rica; Short-term program to Belgium and France (Military History class); Fall: London/England; Tokyo/Japan.

Upcoming Deadlines: 

Friday, Oct. 18 - Australia/New Zealand

Wednesday, Oct. 30 - Berlin/Germany Early Bird Deadline ($100 OFF)


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

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

Deadline for 2020 programs: Tuesday, Oct. 1

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!

ANNA HARRIS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP (one $1780 award) June, 2020 (for Fall 2020 to Spring 2021 programs)

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

Upcoming Programs:

Make an appointment to get more information.


Australia/New Zealand

$8,230.00 - (incl. airfare, overseas transfers, some food in Melbourne, etc.). Land-only option: $6,730.00.

Not included: college tuition, meals not specified, local transportation, housing accommodations during breaks, independent travel and expenses during and after the program, anything not specified as included. Please contact Ulli for more information; contact info on the side bar.

Classes offered:

  • HIST 233 - History of Australia & New Zealand (5 credits),
  • BIOL 133 - Natural Science of Australia & New Zealand (5 credits).
  • HUM 133 - Intercultural Communication(5 credits)



$7,695.00 (excludes airfare, tuition, optional insurance upgrades, passport fees and anything not specified. Four $1,000.00 Scholarships available! Group airfare available.

Depart U.S.: March 26, program dates: March 27 - June 5.

Our very own Ben Kohn will be teaching

- MUSC& 105 (Music Appreciation) and

- FILM 101 (Intro to Film).

- HUM 135 (German Life & Culture) taught by local faculty in English.

Students will share a room in an apart hotel close to the center of the city. Make an appointment for 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

Shanghai/China - 5 credits of Cultural Studies (Language and Culture class), 3.5 weeks, $2,999.00 incl. 3 meals/day, 1.5 weeks in Shanghai, 2 weeks in Hangzhou & Shaoxing; morning class and afternoon excursions. (updated 08/26/19)

Not included: airfare and tuition, phone card, visa ($160 + fees), everything not listed as included.

Belgium/Netherlands/France - 5 credits HIST 250: American Military History, more details TBD, approx. $3,000 incl. airfare and tuition. 



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

Depart U.S.: Sept. 24, program dates: Sept. 25 - Dec. 6.

Our very own Anna Wolff will be teaching

- ENGL 225 (Children's Literature) and

- ENGL&236 (Creative Writing I).

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


Updated: 08/26/19