Spring 2011 |
Studying abroad is often a defining moment in education that changes one's life. With a host
of new programs, MCC is working to make study abroad accessible to more students—and give
them the global experiences to enhance their degrees, careers and personal lives.
More and more students are participating in study abroad programs nationwide, and community
colleges across the country are expanding their programs to meet student interest. The number of
community college students earning academic credit for studying abroad has increased faster than
average (68 percent vs. 57 percent for all students) between 2000–01 and 2006–07,
according to the latest data available from the Institute of International Education, a
nonprofit that tracks study abroad data. Some 114 of the nation's 1,200 two-year campuses offered
study-abroad opportunities in 2006, up 34 percent from 2001.
MCC's programs have also expanded to meet student demand. The first faculty-led study abroad
program began in the early 1990s in Belize, where six students participated in a photography
expedition. Since then, short-term, faculty-led experiences have expanded across continents,
including Spain, Italy, Ghana, Thailand, China and a nontraditional experience among Native
Americans in Rosebud, S.D.
To increase access to study abroad programs, MCC's Financial Aid and Student Affairs offices
have worked to create pathways for students of all backgrounds to access international
perspectives and experiences. For more information about MCC's programs, visit
Study Abroad Options in 2011
These short-term programs are led by experienced faculty and staff.
- China: History
- Costa Rica: Spanish language
- Ghana: Sociology/Human Relations
- Rosebud, S.D.: Philosophy/Native American Studies