Study Abroad


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.

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.

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.

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.

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Virtual Exchange

Want to have a global experience but can't travel? Virtual exchanges are growing in popularity, allowing students to engage with other students or professionals abroad.

Facilitated by EDU Africa , this is an eight-week, project-based internship experience placing students on small global teams, with host companies in Africa, Asia, Europe, or South America, to address a business problem related to sustainability across the world.

The program will run from September 26 to November 16, with meetings on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 11 am.

Program fee: $985

Full Program Plan:

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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

There are also a number of other scholarships available to Harper students, including

CCID's Maxwell King Founders Study Abroad Scholarship

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Critical Language Scholarship

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Financial Aid

Students that are interested in enrolling in a Study Abroad Program may be eligible to use financial aid to assist in paying for Study Abroad costs. Please follow the instructions to be considered for financial aid.

Financial Aid Form

A student’s enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by Harper College will be considered enrollment at Harper College for the purposes of applying for Assistance under the Title IV, HEA program.

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:

Last Updated: 9/15/22