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Study Abroad

Students at Skagit Valley College who wish to study abroad have access to a wide variety of study abroad programs, from SVC faculty-led short-term programs to quarter-long programs offered by our partner WCCCSA, and many more. Recent and upcoming programs include study in Florence, London, Berlin, Australia/New Zealand, Costa Rica, China, Japan and Ireland.

You can also apply for scholarships and other financial assistance to help pay for your study abroad. And join SVC’s International Travel Club (Facebook) so you can meet other students who share your enthusiasm for travel and study in foreign countries! For more information, download the SVC Student Guide to Study Abroad.


Study Abroad Travel Fund

Applications are now being accepted to help SVC students with financial aid need to participate in academic study abroad programs during 2017. The SVC Study Abroad Travel Fund is a joint project of the SVC Foundation and the SVC International Travel Club. Download application instructions for more information on eligibility and how to apply.

Application deadline is Thursday, November 10, 2016. Please submit application to Ted Maloney, International Program Office, Cardinal Center, at the Mount Vernon Campus.

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SVC Programs

Photo of Machu Picchu in Peru

Peru 2017!

Is Machu Picchu on your bucket list? If so, then do we have an opportunity for you!

Diane Johnson, SVC Music Department Chair, is hosting a trip to Peru during spring break of 2017. The trip dates are March 23-April 2, 2017. The focus of the trip is history, the arts and culture. The trip will also be offered as an optional Integrative Experience for Spring quarter 2017.

The total cost for travelers under 30 is $3919 and $4129 for those over 30. The price includes everything but one meal per day. The trip is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

There is funding assistance for students available through the college. To find out more information about financial help for global travel please email Ted Maloney at ted.maloney@skagit.edu . He is excited to help you achieve your global travel goals.

Machu Picchu - Here we come!

For more information email diane.johnson@skagit.edu,  or view tour information online.


WCCCSA Programs

Collage of photos from Study Aboard opportunities

The Washington State Community Consortium for Study Abroad offers many opportunites for students to study aboard. For more information, check out the WCCCSA website.

Upcoming Programs

Florence, Italy Spring 2017 http://wcccsa.com/category/italy
Barcelona, Spain Fall 2017 http://wcccsa.com/programs/barcelona
Costa Rica Summer 2017 http://wcccsa.com/category/costarica

Other Opportunities

Both Green River College and Western Washington University offer Study Abroad opportunities for students interested. For more information, check out both schools’ Study Abroad programs.

Upcoming Opportunities

Australia/New Zealand Winter 2017 http://www.greenriver.edu/academics/study-abroad/australia-and-new-zealand.htm
Japan Fall 2017 Green River College

How to Pay for It

Study abroad scholarships for community college students are available through programs such as Gilman (Pell Grant recipients only, up to $5,000 awards), http://www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program/About-the-Program, and Fund for Education Abroad (FEA), http://www.fundforeducationabroad.org/.

Application cycles for Gilman begin again in August, and for FEA in November. Three Washington community college students were recently awarded Gilman scholarships, so please encourage students to start planning early and enter the competition for funds. Students enrolled at SVC are also eligible for SVC Foundation study abroad scholarship funds for approved programs.


Contact Information

If you're interested in studying abroad and would like to learn more, please visit the International Programs office on the Mount Vernon campus, visit us on Facebook, or contact study abroad advisor Ted Maloney, ted.maloney@skagit.edu.

Past Student Experiences

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