Why Should I Study Abroad?

Almost anyone who has spent time studying in another country will say that it was one of the most impactful experiences of their life. OC is passionate about offering many ways to explore the world while also focusing on your education. Students who study abroad gain:

  • An increased sense of independence, confidence, courage and personal strength.
  • Cultural sensitivity and global awareness.
  • Better communication skills.
  • Opportunities to increase career outlooks through communications across cultures and networking internationally.

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Don’t just read about the world outside – join it! WCCCSA offers study abroad programs every quarter, so choose your destination and experience life in another culture!

Studying abroad provides you the opportunity to:

  • Broaden your cross-cultural awareness
  • Appreciate different perspectives
  • Increase your confidence and independence
  • Speak a foreign language
  • Meet a diverse range of people
  • Understand your own culture better
  • Gain valuable experience you can put on your resume or use in an interview such as:
    • Creative problem-solving experience in unfamiliar situations
    • Adaptability within culturally diverse environments
    • Excellent listening and communication skills

If you are looking for a long study abroad experience, OC partnered with 16 two-year colleges in Washington State to design study abroad programs specifically for community college students with the goal to offer programs that fit their degree programs and schedules  at a lower cost than they might find at a four-year institution.  This consortium is called The Washington State Community College Consortium for Study Abroad (WCCCSA).

OC is pleased to bring your the following programs through this partnership:

  • Australia & New Zealand
  • Berlin, Germany
  • South Korea
  • Lyon, France
  • Japan
  • Australia & New Zealand

To learn more, visit the WCCCSA website. 

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