Study Abroad FAQs
WCCCSA stands for Washington Community College Consortium for Study Abroad. WVC, in partnership with WCCCSA, sends groups of students to study abroad in various countries. The Consortium includes many colleges in Washington state. WCCCSA works with study abroad providers who have staff located at the destinations. The providers arrange the housing, classroom space, excursions, medical insurance and more.
Currently, WCCCSA operates programs in the following countries: England, Italy, Germany, Costa Rica, Spain and more. Check with a Study Abroad Coordinator for more information because new programs are added regularly.
The main benefit is you can save a considerable amount of money, upwards of 20%.
Yes, your financial aid award from WVC works while you study abroad. But for specific information, please visit with the Financial Aid Office early (first floor of Wenatchi Hall or 509-682-6810).
Yes, the credits you earn are 100% transferable back to WVC.
No, the quarters almost seamlessly line up and so you will not miss a quarter back at WVC.
Yes! Scholarships are the best way to fund your study abroad experience. Pell Grant recipients are eligible for the Gilman Scholarship that awards upwards of $5,000. You can also apply for the WCCCSA scholarship. Contact a Study Abroad Coordinator for more information and check here for other scholarship resources.
It all depends. Total costs for a quarter-long program (everything included) typically average around $9,000-$11,000.
Typically students plan one year in advance to be able to apply for scholarships and save enough money. There is no formula that is the same for every student.
Schedule an appointment to meet with a Study Abroad Coordinator.