Shoreline’s study abroad programs provide opportunities for students to learn one or more aspects of the multi-layered culture in the country of study, while encouraging self-discovery and shaping the role students will play in their future communities.
Preparing for Study Abroad
Our study abroad programs are structured to support first-time international travelers and can be powerfully enriching experiences for students who are well prepared. We therefore encourage students who are considering study abroad to begin preparing early in their college career. This includes:
- Making an appointment with a study abroad advisor by emailing email@example.com. An advisor can help you select a ‘best-fit’ program and will help you get started with the planning process.
- Because identity and communication skills will play a major role in the type of interactions you will have abroad, we recommend that prior to studying abroad, you take at least one of the following Shoreline courses to begin thinking about identity, perception and communication in constructive ways: Introduction to Communication CMST&101, Communication for Social Change CMST203, Interpersonal Communication CMST&210, Intercultural Communication CMST203, Introduction to Multicultural Studies MCS105, Gender, Race and Class GWS284, and/or World Cultures ANTH130.
- Begin financial planning and saving money right away! Check out our scholarships page and be ready to apply 9-12 months in advance of your program’s departure.
- The health and safety of our students abroad is of paramount importance. Students should begin thinking about the health resources they rely upon here at home, and talk with an advisor about how they can continue to meet those needs while abroad.
- We are making decisions about each program on a rolling basis, depending on the COVID situation in each host country and U.S. State Department travel warnings. We will announce the program status on or before the final payment deadline.
- If any program is canceled prior to departure from the USA due to COVID-19, students will receive a full or partial refund, depending on the date of cancelation. See individual program policies for more details.
- If a program does run, the published program fee may increase due to COVID, including but not limited to: Covid testing, private accommodation surcharge, modified transportation, etc.
- Most countries or overseas program providers are requiring participants be vaccinated before entry or before program start date. Please plan accordingly and be ready to show proof of vaccination.
Pre-Covid, Shoreline faculty offered unique two- to four-week-long programs all over the world, accessing the location as a broad learning environment. These programs ran during summer quarter or the breaks between quarters. Shoreline students have had the opportunity to travel and learn in Honduras, Thailand, Greece & Turkey, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Bolivia, England, Guatemala, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and China. Check back for updates about short-term programs to be offered in 2023!
Shoreline is an active member of the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA). Through the Consortium and other partnerships, quarter-long programs are typ ically offered during fall, winter and spring quarters to destinations in Europe, Central and South America and Asia.