Study Abroad

I am interested in Study Abroad

Why study abroad?

Did you know less than 10% of American college students study abroad? Study abroad can help you:

  • Satisfy requirements for graduation
  • Develop intercultural competence skills that employers seek
  • Advance your network on a global scale as you make contacts in another country
  • Gain independence, self-confidence, and self-reliance
  • Add a unique component to your resume’
  • Increase your sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Begin to learn a new language
  • Make lifelong friends

How can I study abroad?

Programs are available in short or long term options so you can determine which option is best for YOU. Options range from January term, spring break, summer, full semester or academic year programs.

Who is eligible?

Study abroad at Mount Wachusett Community College is open to day, evening, and online students, both part time and full time. A passport is necessary.

How much does it cost?

Costs vary depending on the type and duration of the program.  Financial aid applies to approved programs, students work with the Office of Financial Aid to develop a comprehensive budget. Numerous scholarships, grants, and loans also supplement the student’s own contribution. Costs include tuition, fees, and books as well as living expenses, social activities, and excursions that are part of the planned program in which the student may want to participate. Airfare, ground transportation, departure taxes, and personal spending are also included in calculating the financial aid package.

Where do I begin?

Stop by the Study Abroad Office in Room 333 (Gardner campus) for more information. Schedule an appointment or stop in during our open office hours; Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday from 12:30-1:30.

In addition to the MWCC faculty led courses, MWCC belongs to many international education organizations that provide study abroad options:

  1. Massachusetts Council for International Education (MaCIE) Students can apply to any of the programs in one of the participating Massachusetts public higher education institutions.
  2. College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
  3. Academic Programs International (API) 
  4. Academic Studies Abroad (ASA) 
  5. Center For International Studies (CISAbroad) 

Are There Any Scholarships Available? YES!

Here is a very short list of the most common scholarships:

  1. Gilman Scholarship If you qualify for a Pell Grant, you qualify for a Gilman Scholarship.
  2. Fund for Education Abroad Aims to fund students that are typically underrepresented in study abroad, including community college students.
  3. Critical Language Scholarship Is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities.
  4. Boren Award If you are interested in public service at the federal level, this scholarship might be for you.
  5. Fulbright US Student Program Once you have graduated, this is a great opportunity to teach English abroad.


Tracey Betts Sarefield
Office of Study Abroad