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California Community College Student Outcomes Abroad Research Project


California Community Colleges

"The California Community Colleges is the largest higher education system in the nation. It is comprised of 72 districts, 112 colleges, and enrolls more than 2.9 million students. Community colleges provide basic skills education, workforce training, and courses that prepare students for transfer to four-year universities. The colleges also offer opportunities for personal enrichment and lifelong learning." ~California Community College Chancellor's Office

California community colleges make up 50% of all students who study abroad from community colleges in the US.

"International Education is an idea whose time has come. The California State Chancellor's office has long supported International Education as depicted by the 1999 California Global Task Force's Vision to support "Learners engaging in developing an awareness of and shared accountability for international and global competencies, at home and abroad, preparing them for full participation in our increasingly multicultural communities". The California Education Code Sec. 66010.4.3 also notes that "a primary mission of the California Community College is to advance California's economic growth and global competencies through education, training, and services. International Education is a recognized investment in the future ability of the student to interact in our multicultural world and assists them as they transfer to a four-year institution or as they proceed into the workplace environment. While our economic crisis is our reality, we still must prepare our students to be internationally competent citizens. International Education is an area that I fully support." ~Chancellor Jack Scott, Community College Luncheon, NAFSA National Conference 2009

California Colleges for International Education (CCIE), a collaborator in the CCC SOAR Project, has created a directory of study abroad programs which can be found at:


  1. "International Education and California Community Colleges"
    The News Community College League of California. (January/ February, 1992)
  2. "Implementation of International Education at California Community Colleges"
    The News Community College League of California (September 1993)
  3. "International Education, Study Abroad and California Community Colleges: Are We Ready for the Future?"
    Community College League of California, The News, Summer, 2006
  4. California Community Colleges. In TAFE Directors Australia Occasional Paper Series
    Riordan, M.
    Melbourne: TAFE Publishers (Winter 2008). pp:48-51
  5. "Internationalizing the California Community College Curriculum" Global Pages Spring 1990 Vol. 8 No. 1
  6. Looking to the Future: Report on International and Global Education in California Community Colleges.
    (1999) ERIC Resources in Education
  7. Looking to the Future: Report on International and Global Education in California Community Colleges.
    State Chancellor, California Community Colleges (1999)

To find study abroad programs in California Colleges, please visit:

  1. Community College Study Abroad: Making Study Abroad Accessible to All Students
    by Raby, R.
  2. California Colleges for International Education
  3. CalAbroad: Study Abroad for California

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