Study Abroad

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

Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought on by the global COVID-19 pandemic, Mesa Community College will not be offering Summer 2021 study abroad programs. 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 2021 for the lineup of the anticipated 2022 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

Not offered in 2021

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

Grand Corniche

Nice, France

Not offered in 2021

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

Dingle Penninsula

Athlone, Ireland

Not offered in 2021

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

Puerto Penasco

Puerto Peñasco, Mexico

Not offered in 2021

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

Anime Art

Fukuoka, Japan

Not offered in 2021

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 2021

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 2021

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

Spring Cultural Festival

Please join us for a virtual Spring Cultural Festival on:

April 7, 2021 from 11 am -1 pm MST

This program will include contemporary and traditional musical and dance performances from Arizona, the Far East, Latin America, South America, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South Asia.

Enjoy short video tours of select destinations abroad featuring taped greetings from current and former students from ten regions of the world!  In celebration of our diverse universe, we will also feature a segment with 20 staff/student models donning traditional wear from around the world.
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Virtual Spring Cultural Festival April 7, 2021 11 am -1 pm MST