Updates from Johnson County Community College: The world is your oyster

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At Johnson County Community College, students are challenged to engage, participate and achieve. They are challenged to learn and to positively impact their community. They are also challenged to go away and see the world.

JCCC is committed to giving its students a well-rounded educational experience, and that includes exposing them to new cultures, lifestyles and ways of thinking. As Euripides, a great Athenian playwright and poet of ancient Greece, said, “Experience, travel – these are an education in themselves.”

Study abroad student Nathaniel at work.

From China to Germany and Costa Rica, JCCC proudly offers study abroad programs in more than 50 countries. After completing one semester of study, students can participate in a variety of experiences, including:

  • Direct Enroll: JCCC partners with the College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) and the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) to make study abroad programs more accessible. These partnerships enable students to participate in programs through other universities or colleges by enrolling directly and simply paying a program fee. Learn more about the countries JCCC students can travel to.
  • Faculty-Led Programs: Open to students and community members who enroll for credit, participants experience new cultures, see significant landmarks and make lasting memories alongside an experienced and knowledgeable JCCC faculty member. The College is currently offering separate faculty-led trips to Italy, the United Kingdom and Russia.
  • Partner Institutions: JCCC has relationships with colleges and universities in multiple countries, including Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi’an, China; Florence University of the Arts in Florence, Italy; and Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan. Students can choose from a wide variety of classes, and are often eligible for scholarships.
  • Service Learning: Students have the ability to make a measurable impact while abroad through JCCC’s service learning programs. One popular program offered is based in Las Pintas, Mexico. On a recent trip, students, professional volunteers and faculty conducted community health assessments and led health education workshops.

It’s Your Turn: Go Away…See the World 

If you’re interested in studying abroad, the world is your oyster. Study abroad programs are open to all enrolled students who have completed the equivalent of one semester.

JCCC is committed to making an education abroad accessible and affordable. For students who are unable to take a full semester abroad, short-term trips are available during spring break, at the end of the semester and at other convenient times.

Andrew in China.

Need more incentive? JCCC student testimonials speak for themselves:

“I love China. It’s a beautiful country and an incredible society that is so different from Westerners’ perceptions of it. The challenge of studying abroad there has prepared me for many things and made me a more confident person.” – Andrew H., Student

“The Las Pintas Solar Project was such a fun and fulfilling adventure. I was able to utilize my Spanish skills I acquired at JCCC, as well as forge new meaningful relationships with both my travel companions and the members of the Las Pintas community.” – Nathaniel N. – Student

Questions about JCCC’s study abroad programs? Email [email protected].

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