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.

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 17 colleges in the consortium from across the state of Washington. Programs that are planned through Fall 2024 include the following:

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Alajuela, Costa Rica
Summer 2023

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.

Valparaíso & Viña del Mar, Chile
Fall 2023

Affectionately known as Valpo and Viña, these two sister cities are located halfway down Chile's endless coastline. You will get the best of both worlds as each city offers a unique and different experience. Viña is known for its modernity and beautiful beaches, which attracts tourists from all over the world; while Valpo is a historic port city covered in tasteful graffiti art and singing colorful hills. An UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valpo has charm that is like none other.

Berlin, Germany
Spring 2024

Lyon, France
Fall 2024 

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 2023

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.

Australia/New Zealand
Winter 2024

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.

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