Study Abroad

IIE American Passport Project

Harper College is one of 40 institutions across the country to be awarded the IIE American Passport Project Grant! This allows us to give 25 Harper College students their first passport, eliminating one potential barrier to studying abroad. While we patiently await for the return of study abroad, now is a great time to get your passport ready to go!

"It has long been part of IIE’s mission to increase participation and diversity in study abroad, so that all students can gain the academic and career benefits of international experience. The grant is intended to promote equity in study abroad and support IIENetwork members in their efforts to encourage students to go abroad who would otherwise not participate in an international experience as part of their college education." (

To be eligible, students must be:

  • a first year student at Harper College
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • applying for a passport for the first time
  • eligible to recieve a US passport
  • part of a group traditionally underrepresented in study abroad
    • racial/ethnic minority students, LGBTQIA+ students, gender diverse students, first-generation student (first in family to attend or graduate from a college or university), students with disabilities, students who are veterans, non-traditional age students

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, apply here. If you have any questions please contact

Harper College has made the difficult decision to suspend all study abroad programs by Harper College faculty-led for the fall 2021 semester. There has been no firm decision beyond that point and we will continue to update our website as decisions are made. 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. 

If you are interested in studying abroad when available we encourage you to reach out to

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 '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 '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 '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 study abroad has resumed. If you are interested in learning more about our study abroad options please reach out to our office!

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


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: 10/15/21