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Go Abroad with Seattle Central

Get ready to embark on some great and meaningful adventures! Seattle Central offers students, faculty and staff a wide range of study, intern, volunteer and professional development opportunities abroad.

Please also visit the District site for Faculty / Staff opportunities.

Program Opportunities

Seattle Colleges Global Impact
Eligibility: students, faculty, staff, community, healthcare practitioners
Global Impact is a global health–oriented service learning program. Since 2005, hundreds of Seattle participants have travelled to developing countries and worked with non–governmental organizations (NGOs) to run health clinics, offer health education and build public health related infrastructure. No experience is necessary. Our trips have been offered in Belize, Ghana, India, Peru and Tanzania.

Note: Global Impact will not run in summer 2014 but will offer programs again in 2015.

International Professional Development Opportunities
Eligibility: faculty, classified, exempt staff
This PowerPoint presentation provides information about a wide range of professional development opportunities for faculty and staff at Seattle Central.

Seattle Colleges Teach in China
Eligibility: students, faculty, staff
Teach in China is an intern / teaching experience in public schools in China. Through our District’s exchange agreement with our partner in China, students (without a Bachelor’s degree) can intern / teach for one semester in a paid position. Review the website for eligibility and contract details.

We provide basic TESL training in Seattle (teaching conversational English) and the student also gets 7 days of training and orientation in China. Faculty and / or staff (with a Bachelor’s degree) can also apply and take a sabbatical or supervisor–approved leave of absence.

Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA)
Eligibilty: students, faculty (eligible to apply to teach in WCCCSA programs).
WCCCSA programs are typically quarter–length programs which provide full time credit load. WCCCSA is a group of several community colleges which jointly offer programs in several countries each year.

Scholarship Award Rubric

A student’s financial aid will generally apply to these programs. Programs are typically offered in Spain, Italy, Costa Rica, England and South Africa.

Credit for Study / Volunteer Abroad

Eligibility: students
Through the office of Cooperative Education and Service learning, students can earn credit for the time they spend overseas volunteering, teaching or studying abroad. Students in the past have volunteered with many different organizations such as the following:

  • Amigos de las Americas
  • Volunteers for Peace
  • Pacific Discovery

Note: These organizations are not endorsed by or affiliated with the College. Seattle Central study abroad scholarships are not available for external programs except WCCCSA programs, Global Impact and approved faculty–led trips that are posted to this site.

Funding Go Abroad Experiences


Faculty / Staff:

Other Resources for Study Abroad:

There are many different scholarships available to you from external organizations. Please visit scholarship resources at Seattle Colleges.

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