Study Abroad

Programs are open to all MCCCD students and community members, 18 years of age and above! 

All Mesa Community College Summer 2020 study abroad trips have been cancelled. In addition to possible exposure of students and faculty to COVID-19, international travel restrictions may strand study groups outside the U.S. due to quarantines, airport closures, and/or flight cancellations.  Check back in mid-September for the lineup of 2021 programs!

Short term faculty-led programs offer MCC classes taught abroad. Programs, courses, and cultural excursions may vary from year to year.


Why Study Abroad?

Look beyond our borders to understand people and cultures around the world. Gain skills needed for future career success!

The view from the London Eye

England, Scotland, France

Immerse yourself for a month in all aspects of British culture with excursions to Paris, France and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Grand Corniche

Nice, France

Experience an authentic cultural, language and food immersion experience by living with a host family!

Dingle Penninsula

Athlone, Ireland

Spend a full month immersing yourself in the study of Irish culture and history.

Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Not offered in 2020 - Marine Biology offered in Nice, France program

Experience the Sea of Cortez, one of the best intertidal expanses in the world and Arizona's closest beach!

Anime Art

Fukuoka, Japan 

Expand your horizon to the Far East!  Explore the culture, business, and language of Japan!

Rooftop view of Florence

Italy: Florence, Rome & Venice

Not offered in 2020

Explore art history and photography in Italy--a global center for art, fashion, food and design! 

Costa Rica coastline

La Selva, Costa Rica

Not offered in 2020

Look beyond our immediate arena and the often cloistered boundaries of the USA to understand how our nation's actions impact other nations and the globe.

Why Should Students Study Abroad?

U.S. Study Abroad Contributes to Student Success InfographicU.S. Study Abroad Contributes to Student Success Listen to International Education Week Message from Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education

Study Abroad Impacts Employability Skills! 

There is now even more evidence that study abroad has a beneficial impact on employability after graduation, according to a report by the Institute of International Education (IIE), with 11 out of 15 “21st century workplace skills” gained through an experience overseas.

Gaining an Employment Edge: The Impact of Study Abroad on 21st Century Skills & Career Prospects, released at the IIE Summit on Generation Study Abroad in Washington, DC found that studying abroad has an overall positive impact on the development of a wide range of job skills, expands career possibilities, and has a long-term impact on career progression and promotion.  See the full article:

Did you know that participating in a study abroad program can improve your marketability?

  • See What Michelle Obama has to say about getting an edge when getting a job!  Watch the video from Mrs. Obama's interview with Jareen Imam, CNN.

Did you know that studying or working abroad can make you smarter?

Maricopa Global Leadership Retreat

Every fall semester, MCC students participate in the Maricopa Global Leadership Retreat, bringing together nearly 100 American and international students for a weekend of developing global leadership skills -- all while learning about other cultures!  Application deadline: TBA