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For Faculty and Staff

Note for SMCCCD Faculty:

SMCCCD faculty and staff are integral components of our students' study abroad experiences. SMCCCD Study Abroad aims to make our study abroad efforts inclusive of faculty and staff across the District.

Faculty Proposal Deadlines

Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 2025 Summer Faculty-Led Programs
Tuesday, October 1, 2024 - Fall 2026 London and Spring 2027 Florence 

SMCCCD Faculty

  • Are you a faculty member thinking of teaching your course abroad?
  • Have an innovative idea to teach a STEM course internationally?
  • Would you like to add and lead an international service learning component to your course?
  • Are you interested in teaching in Europe for a semester with our consortium program?

SMCCCD faculty inspire students to think with a global perspective and can design their courses with a study abroad component working with SMCCCD Study Abroad. Download our handbook for faculty, The SMCCCD Faculty Guide to Teaching Your Course Abroad  , for all the procedures, tips and guidance in submitting a successful course proposal for your global learning course. This guide includes procedures and applications for our semester long and short-term programs.

SMCCCD offers two types of teach abroad opportunities for faculty:

1) Teach in Europe for twelve weeks with the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) Semester Abroad Program.

2) Develop and lead a short-term Faculty-Led Program (FLP) over the summer or winter session.

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  • Are you a staff member who loves to travel and meet new people?
  • Have you travelled internationally and would like to share your knowledge with the San Mateo County Community?
  • Have you lead a group of adults for a field trip — locally or internationally?

SMCCCD staff can apply to serve as Travel Ambassadors for our Community Travel Program and build a sense of community with each educational tour cohort in the program.

Learn more about SMCCCD Study Abroad's Community Travel Program and apply to serve as a Travel Ambassadors for one of our educational tours worldwide. If selected, Travel Ambassadors' international air-travel, insurance and lodging costs, and some meals are covered. A mandatory Travel Ambassador Training is provided for all selected Travel Ambassadors in the Community Travel Program.

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Program providers offer a suite of services such as managing travel services, logistics, site visits and must meet our District requirements for professional liability coverage and insurance. Program providers must contact SMCCCD Study Abroad prior to contacting or starting a proposal with SMCCCD faculty. Download our service provider agreement   to learn about the various requirements. Contact Dr. Alice Yang, Acting Director of Special International Programs, for more information.

Below is a list of SMCCCD approved program providers:


American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905
Phone: (866) 906 2437 

AIFS has study abroad programs in 20 different countries, worldwide offices, and has been helping students with international cultural study programs since 1964. SMCCCD Study Abroad collaborated with AIFS in the past with Semester Abroad programs to Florence, Barcelona, London and Paris and a short-term faculty-led program, Fashion in Florence. Currently, SMCCCD Study Abroad is working with AIFS to run their non-credit Community Travel Programs to Cuba, South Africa, Japan, Ireland, and Italy.


218 West Water Street, Ste. 400
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (800) 422 2368

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Phone: (855) 214-9559

With a network of Study Centers in multiple countries around the globe, resident staff members who are experts in their fields, and more than 200 established Study Abroad programs, CIEE is uniquely qualified to collaborate with faculty to create rich custom programs that inspire students, enhance curriculum, fit your schedule and budget, and meet the academic needs of your students.