Study Abroad


San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) faculty-led programming takes students across borders and into new cities supporting their exploration and learning of new cultures.  Study Abroad programs are offered during intersession and summer.

The Study Abroad Brochure is produced annually by the District International Education Committee.

Join a Study Abroad Program
  • Complete an application
  • Download program details
  • E-mail your campus faculty to enroll directly in the program or visit Program Directors
  • Attend an information session and a mandatory pre-departure study abroad meeting
  • Complete the Travel Student Contract and Student Travel Medical Consent prior to departure

Eligibility requirements to participate in Study Abroad programs include:

  • 18+ years of age by the date of departure
  • Completion of 12 college-level units with a GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Being in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress
  • Completion of a student conduct review

Program space is limited and spaces will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Learn more:
Campus Contacts:

Rosalinda Sandoval, Faculty, City College

Dora Schoenbrun-Fernandez, Faculty, Mesa College

Laura T. Gonzalez, Faculty, Miramar College


A variety of scholarship funding and financial aid is available to students seeking support for study abroad program participation.

  • Start planning early and create a special account for study abroad funds
  • Complete your FAFSA form
  • Make an appointment to speak with the Financial Aid office at your campus


Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Gilman Scholarships are sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. To be eligible for a $3,000-$5,000 scholarship, you must be a U.S. citizen, currently enrolled at a two or four-year accredited institution, and receive Federal Pell Grant funding. The scholarships are for academic programs in any country except Cuba or a country on the Department of State’s Travel Warning List. They apply to summer programs, but you must study in at least one country for four consecutive weeks.

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Critical Language Scholarship Program (CLS)

CLS is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and it is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS is a fully funded overseas language program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and to build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning. The CLS Program seeks participants with diverse interests, from a wide variety of fields of study, backgrounds and career paths, with the purpose of representing the full diversity of professional, regional, cultural and academic backgrounds in the United States. Students of diverse disciplines and majors are encouraged to apply.

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Boren Awards

The National Security Education Program funds Boren Scholarships, which include $8,000 for summer programs, $10,000 for a full semester, and $20,000 for an academic year. The scholarships promote study in geographic areas that are underrepresented in study abroad programs and deemed critical to U.S. interests and national security. This scholarship is ideal for students who are committed to pursuing a career in the federal government. (Deadline: early February, annually)

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Fulbright Scholarship

Scholarships for study, research, or teaching abroad. Applications are to ONE specific country.

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The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. FEA makes life-changing, international experiences accessible to all by supporting minority, community college, and first-generation college students before, during, and after they participate in education abroad programs.

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HI USA Travel Scholarships

At the core of HI USA’s mission is our desire to support people of all ages in their pursuit of travel as a means of better understanding the world and people from different cultures. We know that summoning the courage to travel is a big step, and we don’t want those who are eager to experience the world to be discouraged by the cost. Knowing this, we’ve established the HI USA Community Hostelling Fund to support travel scholarship programs in 13 metropolitan areas across the country aimed at helping travelers aged 18 to 30 realize their dreams.

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Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Awarded to students from outside the UK to study at Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.

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Scholarships - Online Directory

The Institute for International Education (IIE) announces an online directory at to help increase diversity in study abroad. In addition to the traditional country and field of study search options, award entries are now searchable by categories such as race and ethnicity, gender, and selections for student leaders and athletes, low-income students, students with disabilities and a variety of other designations.

Alpha Kappa Alpha

The Foundation awards Merit, Financial Need and Youth Partners Accessing Capital (P.A.C.) scholarships.

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Arthur H. Goodman Memorial Scholarship Fund

Awards scholarships ranging from $1,500-$3,000 to minority students and working women who better their community.

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California Colleges for International Education

Click on “enter,” click on POCCSA grant activities. $250 - $1,500 scholarships are available. Deadline is typically in November for spring programs, and in May for fall programs.

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Coca Cola Scholars Foundation

Scholarship opportunities for students in various fields of study.

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American college scholarship database, the internet’s largest free scholarship search.

International Education Financial Aid

IEFA is the premier internet resource for financial aid information for students wishing to study in a foreign country.

San Diego Foundation

A website of San Diego Community Database.

Community Scholarship Program


Students can search from thousands of unique scholarships, bursaries, grants and other forms of financial assistance.



Financial aid advertising page for students.

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The Institute for International Education (IIE) announces an online directory to help increase diversity in study abroad. In addition to the traditional country and field of study search options, award entries are now searchable by categories such as race and ethnicity, gender, and selections for student leaders and athletes, low-income students, students with disabilities and a variety of other designations.

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Study Abroad Loans

Loans to fund your study abroad programs. Ask the Chamber of Commerce for names of American companies owned by foreign companies and approach these U.S. companies for money. Go to the website of these companies and look for foundation/scholarship information.

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The Rotary Foundation Grants

The Rotary Foundation Grants is ending the Ambassadorial Scholarship program. The Foundation will offer scholarship in the form of district and global grants, and there are no restrictions on the amount of the scholarship.

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Foundation for Global Scholars General Scholarships

Any student enrolled in a North American college or university is eligible for this scholarship. The Foundation awards over 200 scholarships each year, and the average amount is $1,000. It can apply to summer, semester, academic year, and service learning programs, as well as internships and research projects.

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Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards fifty $1,000 grants to undergraduates who enroll in an accredited study abroad program. You don’t need to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi, but you must attend an institution with an active chapter. To qualify, you must have at least a 3.75 GPA.

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Bridging Scholarship for Study in Japan

The Bridging Project offers these scholarships to undergraduates who study abroad in Japan. It awards approximately 100 scholarships each year to help students with travel and living expenses. There are no restrictions on your intended course of study, and Japanese language study is not a prerequisite. Awards are $2,500 for semester programs and $4,000 for academic year programs. Summer programs are not eligible.

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Freeman Asia Scholarship

The Freeman Foundation sponsors this scholarship for undergraduates pursuing study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. It’s intended to help students with travel and living expenses. To qualify, you must have a 2.8 GPA.

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