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Study Abroad

 Santa Monica College is committed to promoting global citizenship. To support that goal, SMC’s International Education Center offers several Study Abroad opportunities led by SMC faculty members, tailored to make the most of the destination’s resources and give students the opportunity to live in and learn about a different culture and its people while participating in service learning projects and earning academic credit for selected courses. Students who successfully complete a minimum of three academic units while attending a Study Abroad program will fulfill SMC’s Global Citizenship graduation requirement for the Associate in Arts degree.   
Below you can learn further about study abroad programs lead by other institutions:


California Colleges for International Education is a resource of other California community colleges offering study abroad programs and also information about scholarships, including  Soonchunhyang University (Korea) Semester Scholarships (no Korean needed to apply for scholarship).  Please contact the hosting school and inquire about the specifics of the program and the application process.  It is also important to discuss with an SMC academic counselor  to check how credits may transfer to SMC or a four-year institution.

U.S. Department of State – Students Abroad
Students Abroad is a great resource for important information to prepare for your future travels abroad.  Visit the site for Smart Travel Tips 101; how to prepare your travel documents;  Embassy information; know what to do in an emergency and other valuable information. 

STA Travel, Volunteer & Work Abroad
Great student flight deals, travel insurance, and other services for your trip abroad.  STA also offers over 80 short –term volunteer abroad tours with a focus on animals, children or conservation in 30 countries in partnership with Planeterra, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development and support of communities around the globe.  If you’ve considered living and working in another country, check out the work abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Asia.


BUNAC offers a range of exciting work abroad program in Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and France.  Volunteer abroad opportunities too!  Established in 1962 BUNAC is a non-profit work and travel expert and has been helping young people work and volunteer abroad for 49 years. 

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) for Young Professionals is a full-year work-study scholarship program with a strong focus on cultural exchange. CBYX annually provides 75 young Americans with an understanding of everyday life, education, and professional training in Germany. The program begins in July and includes two months of intensive German language training in Germany (no prior German language knowledge required), four months of classroom instruction at a German university or college of applied sciences, and a five-month internship in a participant’s career field.

Institute for International Education (IIE)  
Founded in 1919, the Institute of International Education (IIE) is a private nonprofit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors.