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Study Abroad

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​​Participate in one of the most transformative experiences you can have in college, study abroad!  Receive college credit, become immersed in a new culture or language, learn in new ways, distinguish yourself from the pack in job searches, develop critical "soft skills" for life, & become more independent.  These programs are open enrollment. So even if you are new to OCC, already graduated, or are attending a different school you can still join!

OCC Study Abroad Programs 2020






Guerrero Negro, Baja




2/14-2/17/20 or 3/23-3/28/20 Gray Whale & Desert Ecology   

Program Website

Video of past program

Weekend Whale Itinerary.pdf

Week Long Whale Itinerary.pdf

February trip Professor: Kelli Elliot

March trip Professor: Robert Ellis


7/01/20-08/05/20 (TBC)

English Literature, Creative Writing or British Film as Literature

Program Details 

Professor: Erik Rangno 


French Language (All Levels)

Program Details  Program Brochure


Professor: Lia Raileanu



Spanish Language (All Levels)

Program Website

Madrid flyer 2020.pdf

Professor: Jeff Brown


Helpful Links

color Instagram logo Follow OCC's Study Abroad Instagram: @occ_study_abroad_ambassadors 

 image of envelopeEmail the study abroad advisor to get on the study abroad interest list, or ask questions

Additional programs available through the Coast Community College District  or Provider Companies, or additional individual universities (see funding page) - Contact the Study Abroad Advisor in the Global Engagement Center for more information.

photo of two male students holding female above their heads horizontally in front of stone henge with tourists in backgroundMore Helpful Links


Study Abroad Information by the US Department Of State

Scholarship and Funding Tips

Info on how to study abroad as a person with a disability

​Abroad With Disabilities website

Sexual Orientation Laws in the World map from The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association

How to apply for a passport. You can go to a post office or a store like CVS, Costco, Rite-aid for photos (about $13.00) or do them yourself using a passport photo app then have them printed for about fifty cents.

Information for Parents

The benefits of Study Abroad are many.  Education research has proven study abroad to be a High Impact Practice with positive effects on GPA and degree completion among others. Here are 10 more benefits of study abroad. 

A parent's guide to study abroad- By the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Institute for Foreign Study

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