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International Studies - Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Gain Global Perspective

More and more, students are discovering the value of living and studying in a country outside their own. Through the exchange of international ideas and understanding, study abroad programs at Clark College offer students distinct advantages in school and in the workplace. Evidence is growing to support the belief that studying abroad helps students develop a wide range of marketable skills.  In fact, seven out of 10 jobs today encompass an international component; and employers look for the skills, abilities, and qualities that result from international experience: cooperative problem solving, tolerance for ambiguity, respect for diversity, open-mindedness, self-reliance, and adaptability.

Study abroad programs offer course credit toward many disciplines at Clark College such as Psychology, Anthropology, Egypt 2008Foreign Languages, Communications, Art, History, Literature, Environmental Studies and more.

Beyond the career realities and credit opportunities, of course, is the chance to learn more about another culture. You will also gain insight into your own culture and learn more about yourself as you adapt to new situations. Your perspective of the world will broaden and you will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of being a global citizen.

World Languages Abroad

The Associated Students of Clark College (ASCC) sponsors the World Languages Abroad program in which faculty members from Clark College Language departments lead summer trips abroad. This gives students who have basic foreign language skillsClark College students in Switzerland  an opportunity to continue their language learning. Summer 2012 will feature trips to Chicoutimi, Quebec and Japan. Summer 2013 is scheduled for trips to Germany and a Spanish-speaking country. 


French–  To find out more about the sumemr program, contact Professor Jill Darley-Vanis at

Japanese – Professor Michiyo Okuhara leads a trip to study Japan 2008 Japanese culture and language, visiting cities such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Joyo, Vancouver’s sister city. Please contact Professor Okuhara for more information at

German – German Professor Julian Nelson is Director of the German Studies in Berlin program which leads a group to Berlin, Germany every other summer. Find out more about the plan for summer 2013.

Spanish – For more information about the summer program led by Spanish Professor Felipe Montoya you can contact him at Professor Elizabeth Ubiergo is another good source for information. She can be reached at or 360-992-2977.




Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad

WCCCSA (Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad) is a group of community colleges that have combined their efforts to provide quality study abroad programs for two-year college students. There are currently 15 colleges in the consortium from across the state of Washington. Programs that are planned through Fall 2014 include the following:

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Valencia, Spain - Winter 2013
Live with a host family and attend language classes at the AIP Language Institute. Discover the rich cultural heritage of Spain's third largest city which is well known for its history and art. Roman, Arabic, Gothic and Baroque art and architecture influence this modern, dynamic coastal city boasting the best climate in all of Spain.

Florence, Italy - Spring 2013
In the heart of Tuscany, the landscapes and cityscapes of Florence have inspired some of the greatest artists in history. Taught by Elizabeth Donley, English faculty of Clark College, students will earn 15 credits for Italian Life and Culture, Introduction to Italian Literature and Creative Writing. Donley's approach to teaching is student-centered. She has a rich background of foreign study, particularly in Florence. Donley earned graduate degrees in English and Creative Writing, and a bachelor's in Political Science with a minor in Italian. She has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships.

Alajuela, Costa Rica  - Summer 2013
Whether studying Spanish or researching rainforest ecosystems, you will find Costa Rica is an idyllic place to live and study. The congeniality of the people, the steaming volcanoes, pristine beaches, virgin forests, and the unique birds, mammals and ocean life all combine to make a memorable and enriching experience. Courses are held at the Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense (ICLC), Costa Rica's premier language institute.

Cape Town, South Africa  - Fall 2013

Steeped in a rich history, the city is a cultural melting pot influenced by Xhosa, Zulu and other African tribes from the north as well as East Indian, French, Dutch, British and German settlers. The fast pace and bright lights of the urban center juxtaposed with the pristine coastlines and magnificent countryside create an exhilarating locale. Students will earn 15 credits for History of Africa and History of World Civilizations, taught by Dr. Katherine Sadler and South African Life and Culture, taught by area guest speakers. Sadler, a Clark College professor, has degrees in International Studies, Women's Studies and African Area Studies with a doctorate in History from UCLA. She has received Clark College's highest faculty honor, the Exceptional Faculty Award, for her significant contributions to educational excellence.

Prague, Czech Republic- Spring 2014

Study in the capital of the Czech Republic, a city built of picturesque
towns, each of which still retains its own unique character. Find yourself
in a city rich in culture where aspiring young American writers and
artists gather, jazz musicians improvise in the open air, locals sip coffee in artnouveau cafés and clubs stay open until dawn.

London, England - Fall 2014

Loved and respected for its architecture, theatres, museums, galleries and academic institutions, London has something for everyone. Along with earning a full quarter of transferable college credits, students live with British families and immerse themselves in day to day British Life.  Frequent field trips and travel opportunities enable students to experience the culture and history of this great city as well as the beautiful countryside of England.


Green River Community College Programs

Green River Community College offers two additional programs to complement the WCCCSA programs. In addition to the opportunities listed above, you can choose to live and study in Australia/New Zealand or Japan. Students earn credits which transfer to Clark College in a one-quarter program.

Japan - Fall 2013
Japan offers a rich environment of arts, culture and history where centuries-old traditions exist in contrast with ultra-modern lifestyles. You can be part of a cohort group of 25-30 students from Green River Community College and other Colleges to live and study in Tokyo, Japan in this 10-week study abroad program. This 15 unit program offers courses in Digital Photography, Creative Writing and Japanese Culture. Program dates are September 25 - December 4, 2012.

Australia/New Zealand - Winter 2014
Study abroad and earn 15 credits in sunny Melbourne, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. Courses offered are History of Australia/NZ, New Zealand Biology as well as Humanities: Australian/NZ Life and Culture. Students will spend 5 weeks in Melbourne, Australia and 5 weeks in Auckland New Zealand.


AHA International

AHA International, an academic program of the University of Oregon, offers students a variety of opportunities to earn credit abroad in 14 different countries that span the continents. Clark College is in the process of becoming a sponsoring institution with AHA International. This means that credit earned on an AHA program will transfer easily to your Clark College transcript. Until sponsorship is final, we are happy to refer you the departments that can assist with credit transfer. For more information about the programs offered by AHA International, click here.

Student-originated Study Abroad

The opportunities are almost endless for U.S. students who want to study abroad. You can find information about numerous programs in the Office of International Programs (PUB 012) and on the internet. When you find a program that fits your needs, please bring the information to the Office of International Programs. We will gladly try to answer your questions and help you with your global education!

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