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Study Abroad

Experience the world with South Puget Sound Community College's Study Abroad program.

South Puget Sound students have the unique opportunity of studying abroad with programs sponsored by the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad ( in partnership with AIFS, the Study Abroad in Australia and New Zealand program and the Japan Program in partnership with Green River Community College. South Puget Sound Community College students can study Spanish with our college’s international sister college (ITESMQ) in Queretaro, Mexico. Students can also participate in Faculty-led Short-term study abroad programs in Scotland, Osaka and Kyoto Japan and our sister college, Otago, Polytechnic, in Dunedin, New Zealand. Students are allowed to use their financial aid while participating in these programs and credit is posted on the student’s South Puget Sound Community College transcript.


The basic requirements to study abroad as a South Puget Sound Community College student are a minimum two quarters full-time study to attend a sister college program, or one quarter to attend a consortium program. Also required are a minimum 2.50 GPA, two letters of recommendation, one from a faculty member and a successful interview with the study abroad advisor. Requirements to study abroad on Faculty-led Programs vary and usually require students to have a 2.0 GPA and be in good standing with the college. Running Start students are able to participate on many of the study abroad programs. Please contact the Study Abroad Advisor at located in 21-292A for more information. Please allow enough time to apply for financial aid and scholarships. Planning a year ahead is not too early! This gives you time for academic planning and possibly applying for Scholarships or loans.

WCCCSA Study Abroad Programs

(Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad)

Prague, Czech Republic APPLY NOW!
Spring Quarter 2014
Deadline January 31, 2014
(If you receive the Pell Grant consider applying for the Gilman Scholarship, Deadline Oct. 1, 2013)

China—Four week cultural program
Summer 2014 (In development, see the Study Abroad Advisor)

Fall Quarter 2014
London program Fall 2014 - see Study Abroad Advisor

Costa Rica
Intensive Spanish at ICLC (winter
(See Study Abroad Advisor)


GRCC (Green River Community College) partner programs

SPSCC partners with Green River Community College for programs in Australia/New Zealand and Tokyo, Japan. The Australia/New Zealand program is developed by Green River Community College in partnership with Newman College in Melbourne, Australia and Unitec University in Auckland, New Zealand. The Japan program is developed by Green River Community College in partnership with two year colleges in Tokyo, Japan. South Puget Sound Community College students can register for classes on our campus with credits earned going directly onto their transcripts. Students are able to use their financial aid if they qualify or apply for a Stafford Loan. Students must apply through the International Education and Study Abroad office at South Puget Sound Community College.

Australia, New Zealand APPLY NOW!
Every Winter Quarter (5 weeks in Australia and 5 weeks in New Zealand)

Every Fall Quarter (See Study Abroad Advisor) 10 weeks in Tokyo, Japan

South Puget Sound Sister Colleges

Study Spanish in Mexico!

Studying at a sister college as an exchange student is very economical compared to most study abroad programs. It is geared for the independent student who can travel on their own and assimilate well into a different education system. SPSCC Students will be attending with other Inter International students from around the world in the ITESMQ International Program. International Students from the US and around the world but will pay Washington state tuition according to the number of credits that they take. Travel and living expenses are paid directly by the student. Monthly homestay fees (which include two meals/day) are $400-$500/month. To take a look at ITESM in Queretaro, MX go to

Semesters begin in August and January
(See Study Abroad Advisor)

SPSCC Short-term Faculty-led

Study Abroad Programs:

Short-term Faculty-led Study/travel Programs are programs designed by Academic Departments and teaching faculty to provide shorter term and economical study abroad opportunities for SPSCC students. Community members may participate but must enroll in the course being taught for the specific program being offered. We offer programs in Scotland, New Zealand, Mexico and Japan. Please see the Study Abroad Advisor for more information about these programs and developing programs..

New Zealand SPSCC Faculty- led Winter Qtr. 2014 APPLY NOW!
(New Zealand Anthropology)
This is a Faculty-led Winter Quarter course beginning 4wks on campus followed by a 6wk Study/Travel in Otago, New Zealand. Students must enroll in the course to participate. See study abroad advisor to apply for this program. You do not need the 12 college level credits to participate in this program.

Faculty: Patrick Chapman

Anth250E- Anthropology of New Zealand 5 credits (during this quarter students may also earn credits doing online or independent study (up to 5 cr).

Glasgow, Scotland Summer Qtr. 2014
This is a faculty-led short-term study abroad program in Summer Quarter. There are two weeks of instruction at SPSCC and on-line, followed by three weeks in Glasgow, Scotland. The final paper is due at the end of the quarter after students have returned. See the Study Abroad Advisor about what course will be taught in summer 2014.


Study Abroad Program Schedule

* Projected and in developmen
+If you receive the Pell Grant as part of your Financial Aid package consider applying for the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarshipt

  • 2014 Winter Australia/NZ (GRCC) Apply Now! Deadline Oct. 24, 2013
  • 2014 Spring +Prague, Czech Republic (18 and older) Apply Now! Deadline Jan. 31, 2014
  • 2014 Summer *China 4wk Cultural program (WCCCSA)
  • 2014 Summer +Costa Rica Spanish Immersion
  • 2014 Summer *Scotland (SPSCC Faculty-Led 3wks abroad)
  • 2014 Summer *Osaka and Kyoto, Japan (SPSCC Faculty-led 3wks abroad)
  • 2014 Fall +London, England (WCCCSA)
  • 2014 Fall +Tokyo, Japan (GRCC)
  • 2015 Winter *+Costa Rica
  • 2015 Spring *+Florence, Italy (WCCCSA) (18 and older)
  • 2015 Fall *+Barcelona, Spain (WCCCSA)
  • 2015 Fall *+Tokyo, Japan (GRCC)



International Education Office
Building 21, Room 292A
(360) 596-5367

Program Coordinator
Study Abroad Advisor
International Education
Sherrie Buendel

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