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Study Abroad

Overview

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 (units do not have to be from Los Rios Colleges, but credit from AP scores and similar don't qualify)
  • 2.25 college grade point average (GPA)
  • 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 Giovanny Fletes at FletesG@arc.losrios.edu.

Students with US 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).

Upcoming Study Abroad Opportunities

Study in Florence, Italy

Study in Florence, Italy

Los Rios students have the opportunity to study in Florence, Italy in the Summer of 2023.

Study in Florence, Italy

Study in Paris, France

Study in Paris, France

Los Rios students have the opportunity to study in Paris, France in the Summer of 2023.

Study in Paris, France

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 to 12 choices. Other classes, including online offerings from Los Rios colleges, cannot be substituted.

Typically 80 to 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 varies 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 to $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 to 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 to 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 varies 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 to 4,750. Additional costs include airfare (group rate offered), meals, tuition (no study abroad surcharge), books, side trips, and personal expenses.

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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 Teaching Abroad

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

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