Study Abroad

We aim to educate our students to become well-prepared members of a global society. As such, we’d like all students at South Seattle College to have the opportunity to experience other cultures – through travel, study, work or volunteering abroad, or through meaningful interaction with international students here at home. We want to encourage students to learn more about the world around them.

We provide administrative oversight for South Seattle College-administered and South-sponsored programs, as well as consultation and support for non-South affiliated programs. The Center for International Education promotes study abroad at South Seattle College, advises students about opportunities, and assists them and their families in planning and preparing for the experience.


The programs listed on this website are managed and supported by South and our affiliates. Programs vary in destination, length, subject matter and cost, but all programs have been selected because we believe they afford students opportunities to experience the world in new ways.

Program offerings may change – old programs may not be available and new programs may not be listed yet. We try to make updates to our website frequently, but please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in participating in any of the programs you see listed, as we want to make sure you’re planning ahead with the most current information available.

Program Costs

Program costs can be subject to change pending fluctuations in currency exchange rates or the number of program participants. We will try to note this possibility whenever possible. Also, please be aware that most program fees DO NOT include South tuition or student fees.

Non-SSC Affiliated Programs

Students are able to seek out other study abroad options however, it is up to the student to set it up by themselves and to reach out to their teachers on campus to see if they can get credit. South Study Abroad can help to facilitate and advise this process, however do not guarantee credit transfer, quality or assurance of these types of programs.

Sponsoring Organizations

WCCCSA: The Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA) is a group of Washington community colleges who have joined together to provide quality study abroad programs for our students.

WCCCSA’s Mission Statement: As a statewide, multi-agency organization, the Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad is committed to offering a variety of affordable, credit-bearing study abroad programs in geographically diverse sites. Our programs are designed to support the first-time traveler and emphasize academic and cultural learning. We strive to prepare students for their role in a global society.

Green River Community College: Green River Community College sponsors these programs in partnership with the Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad and with AIFS - American Institute for Foreign Study. Residence is not required to participate in this program. All participants who are accepted will be considered students at GRCC and receive a GRCC transcript.

Global Impact/ Seattle Community Colleges: Global Impact is Seattle Community College District students, faculty and staff, partnering with Seattle-area medical, educational and service-oriented community organizations to provide healthcare and infrastructure-focused volunteer service in developing countries.

Non-SSC Affiliated Programs

Students are always free to search for non-SSC affiliated programs – there are lots to choose from - however, we cannot guarantee class credit or opportunities for funding. State and national financial aid is not available to students participating in non-credit-bearing programs. The Center for International Education can advise students about other program options but cannot guarantee credit transfer, program quality or safety.

Contact Information
Sancha Elevado
Phone: 206.934.5360

To make an appointment, please fill out the Study Abroad Interest & Appointment Form.