3/26/2020 Update: The U.S. Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Travel Advisory. Considering this, we have cancelled all Study Abroad programs for 2020. For more information about SLCC’s response to COVID-19, please visit #SLCCSAFE.


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The Study Abroad program is offered through the Engaged Learning Office. Study Abroad prepares you to be a global citizen, engaged learner, and scholar. Through integrating classroom and community-based experiential learning, you will gain an understanding of the diverse global environments and cultures around us. Gain an understanding and appreciation of human differences, develop language skills, dive into service or undergraduate research and/or study global literature through international travel.

Program Learning Goals

  • Provide students with theoretical, and/or analytical frameworks, and practical knowledge for living and working in a global society in order to help students to understand how to interact across boundaries and in diverse contexts with a range of people.
  • Expose students to different cultures and languages to gain a richer, more nuanced worldview, appreciate difference, and gain cultural humility.
  • Help students develop and use intercultural communication and language
  • Encourage students to examine the dynamics of power and how it shapes such issues as knowledge, privilege, gender, economics, religion, environment, and/or race relations.
  • Employ discipline-specific approaches/methods in critically examining international and/or global issues, processes, trends, events, structures, etc.

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What's BRUIN in Study Abroad?

Thank you Shitennoji Univeristy

Our Japan 2019 study abroad program was a success! Our friends at Shitennoji University (IBU) featured our group of students in three news articles detailing the groups activities at the IBU Welcome Party, Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle. There is no better way to learn a language than fully immersing yourself and making some friends along the way. Thank you for the wonderful experience Shitennoji University!

Student Stories

Check out some stories from fellow Bruins who have studied abroad!

Hello! My name is Stephanie Shin and I am a
Salt Lake Community College student graduating May
2020. I hope you enjoy hearing about my study abroad
Even as a high school student, I always knew
that I wanted to go on a Study Abroad trip in college.
One of the first things I did when I started attending
Salt Lake Community College was look for Study
Abroad opportunities. I saw a poster in the hallways of
one of the buildings, looked them up on SLCC’s
website, and soon found myself applying. The Engaged Learning Office also had scholarship
options for those needing funding. As someone who has to pay for college myself, I took up this
opportunity and applied for the high-impact practices diversity scholarship (there are other
scholarships as well like the Gilman Scholarship). To my absolute delight, I got a call from their
office notifying me that I was awarded. Immediately, without hesitation, I accepted their offer
and I was now officially signed up to go to Costa Rica! 

Going to Costa Rica and spending three weeks
deep in the forest was a dream come true. From
beginning to end, the memories and experiences have
made it an unforgettable trip. I still keep in contact
with my fellow jungle buddies! I also got to conduct
original research on monkeys and peccaries, sight rare
species in Costa Rica, and participate in service
projects with the people that live in the communities
This trip to the rain forests of Central America
was amazing in so many ways. The native people, the culture, the food, the wildlife, the
biodiversity, and the copious amounts of effort Costa Rica puts into improving the environment
was eye-opening. I was awed at how hard the guides and staff work at La Selva Biological
Station to preserve the surrounding forests as well as striving to learn more about the individual
species of plants and animals that habitate it.

I believe my learning has grown and benefited
from this experience because I am influenced by the
passion the people at La Selva have for the
environment. What we take, we should return. I learned
about little things I can do to emit less carbon, how
invasive species harm an ecosystem and how to remove
them, the wildlife found in Costa Rica and how they
contribute to their surroundings, etc. In turn, my view
on the world and life has changed. Instead of expecting
others to do all the work, I should participate as well, even if it's only a small part of it. Any help
makes an impact.

I also had the wonderful opportunity to study primates and their relation to peccaries.
Each day I would go out on the trails in search for peccaries (a distant relative of the pig), and on
the way I would spot monkeys, venomous snakes, turtles, and all kinds of beautiful birds. The
whole thing felt like an out-of-body experience in many ways. The land is breathtaking, the air is
so clear, the colors so vibrant; but at the same time, the humidity and the heat packed on top of
all the walking tired me out like no other. However, zip lining, white-water rafting, watching
White-faced Capuchin monkeys up close, and examining peccaries (from afar) made up for
everything. It's an experience you can't get anywhere else.
Although there were some hard and tiring moments, I would go back in a heartbeat
because the memories I made and the knowledge I gained is incredible.

- Stephanie S. Graduating Class of 2020