Study Abroad
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Business, English and Language Arts Division Office

Welcome  to Cabrillo's
Study Abroad Program!

Cabrillo College is one of the pioneer community colleges in California to offer (for transfer credit) intensive language/culture study programs abroad beginning in 1972. Our first program to Zacatecas, Mexico was so successful, it enrolled 74 students. Since then, the Department of World Languages has conducted many programs abroad for credit, including trips to Europe, the Spanish speaking Americas, and Puerto Rico. The philosophy behind study abroad is to provide a unique language learning environment by living in the country where the language is spoken, provide small classes (6-8 students), and live in the home of a local family.

Planning is now underway to offer full-semester programs in different parts of the world, but for now we hope you will soon have the opportunity to participate in one of our four-week sessions abroad in January and/or summer of each year.

Comments from past participants:

“Living and studying Spanish in Mexico for just four weeks was a life-changing experience for me. I now want to continue my education, because I have a lot more focus and interest.”

“This experience opened my eyes to see the world with a much wider lens.”

“I wish I had participated in a study abroad program when I first began to study a foreign language.”


To learn more about current and past programs, please use the links at the top of the page or to the right.

The general release form that needs to be filled out by every student participating in all trips and turned in to the BELA Division office in room 301 can be downloaded here.


The Summer 2020 to Buenos Aires is cancelled