Study Abroad

Harper College has made the difficult decision to suspend all study abroad programs by Harper College faculty-led for the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Additionally, the college will not support study abroad and/or internship programs offered by third-party providers involving travel. This decision is made in the interest of the health and safety of our students in light of the continued spread of COVID-19 in both the United States and abroad. We hope to resume study abroad opportunities beginning in summer 2021, as conditions permit.

International experience, cross-cultural communication skills, global awareness, and foreign language skills are becoming increasingly important in all areas of work and study, and your study abroad experience will prepare you for future challenges that will require this knowledge and experience.

Studying abroad through Harper College is an exciting way to gain course credit, while developing skills and traits that will give you an advantage after you transfer and throughout your career.

Types of Programs

All types of programs are credit-bearing and financial aid eligible.

Faculty-Led Programs: Suspended for Fall '20 & Spring '21

These programs are a Harper course(s) with a built-in international travel component. They range from one to three weeks and are taken over summer, spring break, or winter breaks. Course offerings vary from year to year.

ICISP Consortium Programs: Suspended for Fall '20 & Spring '21 

Harper is a founding member of ICISP (Illinois Consortium of International Studies and Programs). Tuition and fees for these programs are at the Harper in-district rate. Summer and Semester options available. For more information, please visit the ICISP website.

Affiliate Programs + International Internships: Suspended for Fall '20 & Spring '21

These are programs offered through Harper College's accredited study abroad affiliates. Our affiliate partners offer programs varying in length (a few weeks, a month, a whole summer, a semester, and/or a full academic year), varying locations (over 30 countries!), and offer courses in almost every area of study.


Applying for a Program

If you are interested in studying abroad, please create a Traveler Account through our online application system:

Application system has been closed until further notice.

For any questions, please email


There are two Harper College Educational Foundation Scholarships available for students:

Castle International Studies Scholarships - Award: $500-1,500

WorldView Study Abroad Fund - Award: $500-1,000

Learn more about our study abroad programs!

Visit our student and faculty blog: WorldingUS: Situating Harper students and faculty in a globalized world!

Story Maps Journals

Many of our faculty-led study abroad courses include a Geographic Information Systems component. Check out some interesting student ArcGIS Story Map Journals about a recent program to Nicaragua:

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