SBCC Study Abroad Program offers short and semester programs every academic year. Programs are faculty-led and therefore destinations as well as course offerings change.
We strive to offer financially accessible programs. With an emphasis on diversity and affordability, SBCC Study Abroad aims to offer programs to a diverse student body. Applicants do not have to be enrolled at SBCC in order to apply and the programs have no major or language requirements. Applications are straightforward and requirements are attainable.
Courses offered on the programs are usually UC/CSU transferable and may fulfill IGETC requirements. Students do not currently have to be enrolled at SBCC, but are required to enroll if accepted into the program to participate.
Program Information meetings will be offered every semester. You can find out about events on our event page or by contacting the Study Abroad office.
Semester programs are offered during the fall or spring semester and are less than 90 days long. Destinations, courses offered and program directors will change every school year, so make sure you read the program descriptions carefully. Application deadlines and fees also vary by program.
Students must be 18 years or older at the time of departure and in good academic standing in order to be accepted. Semester program applicants must have successfully completed a minimum of 12 College level units with a GPA of 2.5, submit two recommendation forms (least one recommendations must be completed by one of your instructors) and successfully complete the application process. Some semster programs also require successful completion of course ENG 110 (Composition and Reading) depending on the courses offered.
Short programs are offered during the summer semester. During some school years, we may also offer Winter Break and/or Spring break programs. Short programs can range anywhere from 10 to 30 days.
Requirements for short programs are very attainable. You must be at least 18 years old or older at the time of departure of the program, be in good academic standing, and successfully complete the application process. This includes the submission of all required documents and an interview with the program director.
Application deadlines and fees vary by program.
Summer 2023** This program is currently full with a waiting list and does not accept any applications. You can still apply for the summer program in Costa Rica instead (1/17/23)
Sally Saenger will take students to an unforgettable summer of water activities and other adventures in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.
Students share their experiences, tips, hacks, and moreWhile SBCC has been offering Study Abroad programs since 1973, the Academic Adventure Travel Blog had its inception with the fall 2017 program to Madrid, Spain! Read from the students who went on the adventure!
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Apply early as the number of available spots is limited on each program and programs will likely fill before the given deadline. Waiting lists will be prepared if more students apply than we have spots available. Please download and complete the required documents prior to starting the online application. You will need to upload the documents and are not able to save your application to return to it at a later time. All programs have a 20 student minimum to materialize.
This application fee will be charged by the service provider (not SBCC) at the time you are accepted into the program. This is a non-refundable fee. Subsequent program payments must be made directly to the service provider of the program. The fee will hold your spot upon acceptance into the program and is your first program payment. Should the program not materialize, this fee will be returned to you.
An interview with the program director, which is part of the application process, will be scheduled upon receipt of your application. Currently, all interviews with the program director will be held virtually by appointment.
Once you have completed your interview, the Study Abroad staff will review your application for completion and fulfillment of the requirements and, upon acceptance, send you an official acceptance e-mail.
Please download and complete the required documents PRIOR to starting your online application. Once you start the application form, you can not save it and return to it at a later time. You will need to upload the required documents with the application form.
Studying abroad can be one of the most rewarding and exciting experiences in a student's academic career, and combining learning and travel is education at its best!
However, before you enroll in a study abroad program, it is essential to find out as much as possible about the program, the program provider, and the academic coursework offered to determine whether the program is right for you.
If you are interested in one of SBCC's programs, we strongly advise you to attend the information meetings we offer, contact or visit the Study Abroad Office, and to schedule an appointment with the program director and your academic and Financial Aid counselors.
Also, to make the most of your experience abroad, it is essential to prepare yourself adequately and to become knowledgeable about the country(ies) you will be visiting. We have many online resources available to you. Just browse our pages!
You can find a link to some of our past programs here
Paris/Rome Fall 2022
Germany, Austria, the Netherlands Summer 2022
Rome, Spring 2022
Germany, Austria, Netherlands Summer 2021 - Postponed to summer 2022
Dublin, Ireland Summer 2021 - Postponed to summer 2022
Sydney, Australia Winter Break 2021 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
London, England Fall 2020 - Postponed to Fall 2022
Madrid, Spain Fall 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Japan Summer 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Bali Summer 2020 - Cancelled due to Covid-19
Florence Spring 2020
Austria Summer 2019
Germany Summer 2019
Paris/Rome Fall 2019