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Domestic Study


The Engaged Learning Office offers academic Domestic Study opportunities. The goal of the program is to provide curricular travel experiences focused on global learning within U.S. states and territories.

Through global learning, students should:

  • Become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences.
  • Seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities.
  • Address the world's most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.

Source: the Association of American Colleges and Universities' (AC&U) Global Learning Value Rubric (2015).

The AAC&U also states that: "while study abroad is an important educational experience that can foster the development of these desired learning outcomes and developmental skills, mindsets, and behaviors, so too are domestically based off-campus study programs."

Through domestic-based study, students have the opportunity to address these learning outcomes in an affordable, accessible manner, where the travel is shorter duration.


Diversity Scholarship

Salt Lake Community College is dedicated to promoting and engaging our students in High-Impact Practices! Domestic Study is a High-Impact Practice and because of this, we offer a scholarship to first generation students from diverse backgrounds as well as need-based funding. Tell us why you would like to attend one of our Domestic Study programs and why you can use this scholarship by filling out our scholarship application.

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Any students can apply! Participants must be SLCC students and willing to take the credit-bearing course tied to the Domestic Study program. Students that are studying at other universities are welcome but must take the SLCC course.
To apply for a program, go to the program page you would like to apply for and click the “Apply Now” button at the top of the page. You will be routed to SLCC Groups, the platform that houses all Engaged Learning forms. The application will then guide you through the questions necessary to apply. Be prepared to include a copy of your receipt or screenshot of your trip deposit, photo I.D., and health insurance (health insurance can be submitted later in the semester if you do not currently have health insurance.) You can submit your deposit through the online payment portal by clicking on the “Make a Payment” button located on the program website.
Domestic Study occurs within U.S. states and territories. Trips vary depending on topic and faculty leaders.
Yes! All Domestic Study programs are tied to credit bearing courses, and successful participation in both the course and travel is required for credit.
It depends on the program length and destination, but domestic trips typically cost between $1,000-$2,000. Please check the individual trip web pages to see specific costs.
Trips vary in length but most Domestic Study trips are between 7-10 days. Please check the individual webpages to see exact length.
Yes. All students must have health insurance to participate in our programs. You can find some short-term, temporary insurance options on the Domestic Study home page
Yes! Check the Domestic Study home page for more information. Please visit with your financial aid advisor for more information about financial aid.

Check out the Domestic Study Home Page for resources and workshops. The Engaged Learning Office is available for 1x1 appointments and workshops available to students working on scholarship applications. We also encourage students to work with the SLCC Student Writing & Reading Center for assistance.

Students are also welcome to do their research for other potential scholarships. Look at eligibility requirements and what you qualify for, depending on your situation. Finally, follow the instructions for each scholarship and apply accordingly. It is essential to pay attention to the details and put your best effort into the application! Most scholarships are competitive, so you will need to put in significant time and effort to receive funding (i.e., free money). Good luck!

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the scholarship. The Engaged Learning Office Diversity Scholarship can pay for up to half of the program fees, but this is decided on a case-by-case basis. Other scholarships can cover anywhere between $250 to the total amount of the program costs.
Trip and program costs include round trip flights, room, and board for the duration of the trip, some meals, in-country transportation, and most excursions done with the group. Program costs DO NOT cover tuition for the course, baggage fees, some meals, or souvenirs.
The spring semester trips leave after commencement, typically the first or second week of May, and usually, return before the end of the month. The summer trips usually leave in late July and return in early August. If you are enrolled in summer classes, the spring trips should not conflict with your summer schedule. However, if you are taking summer classes and plan on going on a summer trip, please talk to your advisor and professors to see if both are feasible.
You can, but we do not recommend this option, and we manage this on a case-by-case basis. We do not recommend independent travel because travel can be confusing and communicating with others (to connect with the group) via phone or other platforms may be challenging. If there are any delays or cancellations with your flight, it is your responsibility to connect with the group. If any problems arise, we would like the group to be together to offer support and/or aid. Please contact the Engaged Learning Office before making any flight purchases.
We have an online payment option! Please visit the program page to access the online payment portal link.
Since all our payments are made online, you can make as many or as few payments as you’d like, as long as you meet each payment deadline listed on the individual program pages.
Since all the programs are linked to credit-bearing courses, you will receive a grade, just like any other class you would take at SLCC. Students need to complete all required coursework and assignments to pass the course successfully.
Like with any travel, circumstances may change, and trips may cancel. If this situation arises, our office will inform participants of the current situation regarding refunds and other details. Additionally, most programs require a minimum of eight students to participate for the program to run. Share information with your friends and peers about the program and scholarships!

If you withdraw before the application deadline, you will receive a full refund. However, if you cancel after the deadline, then the amount we can refund is determined by the Engaged Learning Office. After the application deadline, we begin making reservations on the students’ behalf (flights, hotels, excursions, etc.) and cannot guarantee these items are refundable.

If a trip is canceled due to extenuating circumstances, we will do whatever we can to ensure students are refunded for the program fees (e.g., all students participating in Study Abroad during the COVID-19 crisis were fully refunded).

Class sessions depend on the availability of your group and the professor. As the group is finalized and the date gets closer, your professors will reach out to you with more information. Some groups met once per week, and some meet once a month. You can contact your program faculty member to get more information.
After the application deadline has passed and we have enough students for the trip to run, the Engaged Learning staff works with the department to grant all registered students' access. After which, the Engaged Learning staff will notify you, and you will be able to register just like any other course.