Study Abroad

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 skills  an opportunity to continue their language learning.

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

Spanish – For more information about the Spanish program led by Spanish Professors Erika Nava and Elizabeth Ubiergo.  Contact Erika at or Elizabeth at or 360-992-2977.

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, Foreign 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.

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.


Fall 2024

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 Miyazaki, Japan in this 10-week study abroad program. This 15 unit program offers courses in Digital Photography, Creative Writing and Japanese Culture.

About Japan program

Australia/New Zealand

Winter 2025

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

About Australia/New Zealand program

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 002) 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!


Scholarship Resources for Study Abroad