Program cancellations:

Out of an abundance of caution, and to reduce uncertainty for students and families, the Los Rios Community College District has decided to preemptively cancel all faculty-led study abroad programs until the London semester abroad in the fall of 2021 at the earliest. We are saddened for students who have looked forward to this opportunity, many of whom have spent time and effort applying and seeking funding.

The purpose of International Education in the Los Rios District is to offer a variety of programs and services that will provide students, faculty, and the community at large with the knowledge, skills, and cultural experiences necessary to become well prepared members of a global society. Additionally, the international education programs in the Los Rios Community college District promote and encourage the internationalization of the college by fostering mutual understanding, facilitating preparation for the world of work, and supporting lifelong learning through activities that provide opportunities for participation in the international community.

Los Rios Study Abroad Program

The basic requirements to be accepted into the program are:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age or older 
  • You must be a student in good academic standing with 12 college units completed by the time you go abroad.

You need to have a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 in your college classes. During the thirteen week semester program, all students take 12 units in the Study Abroad program: a three unit Life and Culture class, one other Los Rios class and then two other classes from the list of offerings.

Information Sessions: TBD

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Los Rios Study Abroad Program

Supporting Global Competence in Education

Study in London Fall 2020

Highlights of the Program

The great capital city of London, with its population over eight million, boasts culturally rich museums, libraries, famous theaters, concert halls, and historic buildings. An exciting and easily maneuverable European city, London is a major political, financial and cultural center, graced with more parks and gardens than any other capital in the world.


  • Open to students age 18 and older who have completed 12 or more units of college course work with a minimum 2.25 grade point average.
  • Shared homestay accommodations in residential London neighborhood with daily breakfasts, or optional upgrade to shared apartment accommodations in central London.
  • Subsidized program of extra-curricular events including day trips to nearby towns or cities, walking tours, theater, sports, and more.
  • Take lower division courses that are UC/CSU transferable.

Why Choose This Program


This program is offered to enable students to study abroad while making normal progress toward their degree objectives and earning transferable units in courses taught by community college faculty and guest lecturers. This program is offered in cooperation with three other California community college districts, as well as the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), which arranges transportation, living accommodations, and a wide range of student and instructional support services. Students need not be currently enrolled at one of the sponsoring colleges in order to participate. Units earned in London will appear on transcripts issued by the participating colleges. 


Study abroad is a life-changing, transformative experience for many students, affecting their social and cultural awareness of the world. Below are several reasons to inspire you to study abroad (from the Institute of International Education):


  1. Learn more about yourself and become more self-aware
  2. Boost your self-confidence and independence
  3. Learn more about your own country by going to another
  4. Expand your worldview
  5. Strengthen adaptability, communications, and team building skills
  6. Enhance your career opportunities
  7. Experience another culture firsthand and enhance your cross-cultural competency
  8. Make new friends from around the world
  9. Travel

Program Dates


Application Due

Friday, May 15, 2020

Depart US

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Arrive London 

Friday, September 11, 2020

Semester Break 

Week of October 26-30, 2020

Depart London

Friday, December 11, 2020

Program Costs – Financial Aid - Scholarships

Program Costs and What Is Included

The base fee per person is $8,595 in a shared homestay, including weekday continental breakfasts, or $9,995 in a shared apartment (no meals included). This fee excludes airfare ($TBD), optional medical insurance upgrade ($65), optional personal effects coverage ($90), passport or visa fees if applicable, meals other than those listed above, personal expenses, textbooks, additional excursions, and California Community College tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

If you are eligible, financial aid may be used to help cover the cost of your study abroad program. It is strongly recommended you meet with our study abroad program Financial Aid Officer Stephanie Tran as soon as possible to discuss eligibility and potential aid amounts.

If you are receiving financial aid and would like to apply this towards the Fall 2020 London Study Abroad Program, you must complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA at and add the FAFSA school codes for all the community colleges involved in the consortium: American River College (001232), Diablo Valley College (001191), Santa Rosa Junior College (001287), and College of San Mateo (001181).


There are a limited number of $500-$1,000 scholarships that are available on a competitive basis to Los Rios students participating in the Fall 2020 London program. Application information is available in the Google Form that all students complete prior to their mandatory meeting with the program director.

Applications for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship are available to study abroad students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding. Award amounts vary, with a maximum of $5,000. The deadline for this year’s funding cycle is March 3, 2020.

For more information about these and other funding opportunities, visit Study Abroad Program Financial Aid.

AIFS Refund Policy and Dates

  • June 17, 2020: Last day to request refund of $450 deposit (less $150 processing and non-refundable deposit fees).
  • July 17, 2020: Total program fee is due. NO REFUND OF PAYMENTS after this date.

All notification of withdrawal must be made in writing via fax or certified mail to: Registrar, Customized, Faculty-Led Programs, AIFS Study Abroad, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905. Fax: (203) 399-5597. Postmark date or date of fax transmission is considered date of withdrawal. All withdrawal statements must be signed by the applicant.

Course Offerings

Students are required to enroll in a minimum of four classes: Italian Life & Culture (ANTH 391), at least one BIOL class, and two other classes from the other offerings. Individual classes can fill, and students are assigned priority based on their application approval date.

Anne Marie Insull / Santa Rosa Junior College

ENGL 1B - Literature and Composition (prerequisite: passing English 1A or equivalent College Composition)

ENGL 3 - Introduction to Poetry (prerequisite: passing English 1A or equivalent College Composition)

ENGL 4A - Beginning Creative Writing

Rick Topinka / Los Rios Community College District

BIOL 300 - The Foundations of Biology

BIOL 301 - Evolution

BIOL 375 - Marine Ecology


David Laderman / San Mateo Community College District

FILM 130 - Film Directors

FILM 122 - Film History Focus: British 1960s Cinema

FILM 145 - Watching Quality Television


Ken Alexander / Contra Costa Community College District

ART 007 - Medieval and Renaissance Art History (350-1550 CE)

ART 008 - Early Modern Art History (1550 to 1920 CE)

HUMAN 4A - Shakespeare’s English Kings

London Fall 2020 Application Process


Students wishing to apply for the Fall 2020 London Study Abroad Program must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.25
  • Have completed at least 12 college units at the time of application
  • Be at least 18 years of age when boarding the flight to London


Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Because classes have limited enrollment, students are encouraged to apply early in order to reserve a spot in the classes of their choice.


Students must complete the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) online application and pay the requisite $450 deposit.


Once students have applied online through AIFS and paid their deposit, the Los Rios Study Abroad Office will email a Google Form link and schedule an eligibility review appointment with the program director, Dr. Kale Braden.

The following completed and signed documents will need to be brought to the meeting with Dr. Braden:

  1. Los Rios Waiver of Risk Form 
  2. Consortium Agreement Form 
  3. Consent for Release of Student Records (FERPA)

In addition to the forms above, students must also bring:

  1. Current passport (or photo ID if this is in process)
  2. Unofficial college transcripts

Study in Florence – Spring 2021

Please check back in Summer 2020 for information on this program. If you would like to be placed on a list of interested students, please contact Professor Roxanne Morgan.

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Summer In Florence

Summer in London

Summer in Paris

Contact Information

Los Rios Study Abroad Office
American River College 
Library, 3rd Floor Room 310

Study Abroad email

For Faculty Teaching Abroad

This opportunity is open to all full-time Los Rios faculty 
(due to load limits contained within California Education code and Title 5 we are unable to offer this opportunity to adjunct faculty).

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Study Abroad Program Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to students participating in the Study Abroad Program. Students who qualify may be eligible for grants, loans, and scholarships.

Study Abroad Program Financial Aid