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Program News

JULY 2022

Applications for the Spring 2023 semester in Florence, Italy are now open!

For best selection of classes, apply by the priority deadline of September 23, 2022. The final deadline to apply is November 4, 2022.

Note: Those who apply and pay their deposit earliest have first selection of classes.

Please see the "Florence, Spring 2023 (Semester)" section below for details, and let us know if you have any questions.

In addition to contacting our office, please reach out to professor Diane Carlson, who will be going to Florence and has prior experience with this program. She is very knowledgeable, and loves to share her study abroad enthusiasm!

Information Sessions:

Check back soon!

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London, Fall 2022 (Semester)

Program Dates

  • Application Due - May 13, 2022 (late apps accepted through Jun 15, 2022)
  • Depart U.S. - Sep 8, 2022
  • Arrive in London - Sep 9, 2022
  • Semester Break - Oct 24-Oct 28, 2022
  • Depart London - Dec 9, 2022

Florence, Spring 2023 (Semester)

Program Dates

  • Application Due – Nov 4, 2022 (earlier applicants have better class selections)
  • Depart U.S. – Feb 4, 2023
  • Arrive in Italy – Feb 5, 2023
  • Mid-Semester Break – Mar 18-26, 2023
  • Depart Italy – May 5, 2023

Florence, Summer 2023

Please visit the program website for more information about this 5-week, 4-unit Italian Culture and History class.

Program Basics

The Los Rios Study Abroad Program helps students become active, engaged members of the global society by offering unique cultural experiences, personal growth, and new knowledge and skills. (And, hopefully, some fun too!)

Minimum participation requirements:

  • 18 years of age
  • 12 units of college completed
  • 2.25 GPA (college)
  • Be in good academic standing

All students and faculty come from Northern California community colleges, and classes are taught in English. Support staff are provided in each country for illnesses, counseling, and any questions or issues that arise.

Financial aid, scholarships, and loans may be available to help with program expenses. Questions about financial aid should be directed to financial aid officer Stephanie Tran.

Students with U.S. passports will not need a travel Visa to participate in the program as long as they do not extend their trip beyond the program's 90-day length.

Our programs are administered in partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS).

Semester Programs

Semester programs last 90 days (13 weeks) and include a mid-term break. Students are required to take 12 units, comprised of a mandatory 3-unit "Life and Culture" class, at least one class taught by the participating Los Rios faculty member, and two additional classes from a menu of 10-12 choices. Other classes, including online offerings from Los Rios colleges, cannot be substituted.

Typically 80-100 students participate, with about a quarter coming from Los Rios colleges. Four instructors – one from a Los Rios college and three from other Northern California community colleges - travel with the students and teach the classes.

Housing consists of either shared apartments or shared homestays (not all programs have both options).

The cost of the programs vary depending on location, housing options, airfare, side trips, and general ability to live within a budget. The primary expense is the combined housing / travel / administration fee, which recently has ranged from about $8,000-10,000. Additional costs include airfare (group rate offered), meals, tuition (no study abroad surcharge), books, side trips, and personal expenses.

Summer Programs

Summer programs are typically 4-5 weeks in length, and are comprised of one 3- or 4-unit class. The class is taught by a Los Rios faculty member who organizes and accompanies the students.

About 20-30 students participate, with most - if not all - coming from Los Rios colleges.

Housing consists of either shared apartments or shared homestays (not all programs have both options).

The cost of the programs vary depending on location, housing options, airfare, side trips, and general ability to live within a budget. The primary expense is the combined housing / travel / administration fee, which recently has ranged from about $3,750-4,750. Additional costs include airfare (group rate offered), meals, tuition (no study abroad surcharge), books, side trips, and personal expenses.

Apply Now to Study Abroad

Contact Information

Los Rios Study Abroad Office
American River College 
916-484-8967

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).

Explore Additional Faculty Information

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