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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.

Study Abroad in Vista de la Playa 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 resource.mccneb.edu/cca.


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

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