Study Abroad

Harper College offers a variety of study abroad options!

Studying abroad is an exciting way to gain course credit. In addition, experience abroad can help you develop skills and traits that will give you an advantage transferring from Harper College.

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.

Types of Programs

Faculty-Led Programs 

These programs are a Harper course(s) with an international travel component built into the course(s). They range from 1 to 3 weeks and are over summer, spring break, or winter break.

These can vary year to year.

Recent Programs: ENG 102 (Nicaragua), BIO 150 (Costa Rica), SOC 205 (London), HUM 115 (Istanbul/Athens), ART 105 (Venice), HUM 107 (Uganda)


ICISP Consortium Programs

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.

Program Locations: Canterbury (England), Seville (Spain), Carlow (Ireland), Salzburg (Austria), San Jose (Costa Rica), Dijon (France)


Affiliate Programs + International Internships

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.

Our affiliates also offer a variety of internships in many different fields!

Popular Locations: Japan, Italy, Ireland, South Korea, Peru, Spain, Australia, England, and Thailand

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


If you would like to find out more about Harper's study abroad programs or wish to schedule a study abroad appointment, contact the office at 

*We are currently changing our study abroad application website. Our new site will be up by this Fall semester. To start a paper application, please contact 


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:

Conservation at Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua

Education in Nicaragua

Health care in Nicaragua