Get information to study abroad

Houston Community College encourages both students and faculty to incorporate study abroad into their curriculum. The Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad works to assist students and faculty in exploring and creating study abroad opportunities.


Information on studying abroad

Types of programs available

  •  Short Term Faculty-Led programs
  •  Semester Abroad programs
  •  Summer Abroad programs
  •  Internships and Service Learning Abroad programs

HCC works with a variety of third party affiliates with an array of programs to choose from.
The Study Abroad Office will help you select the program that is right for you and your academic needs. To get started, see the "student information" section of the HCC study abroad website.

To see what programs are available - refer to the following websites; (Students are not limited to the programs on the following websites, however, they are a good place to start when looking for the right study abroad program.)

Information for Students

There are many options for students to take advantage of study abroad. If you are interested in studying abroad, we suggest that you plan far in advance. To begin your journey abroad, make an appointment with the Study Abroad office to discuss your options.

For appointments, please email

Eligibility Requirements

All HCC students who fit the following requirements may participate in Study Abroad:

  1. Student has a GPA > 2.5
  2. Student is working towards the completion of a specific program plan
  3. Student has completed 2 semesters at HCC prior to the study abroad program
  4. Student is enrolled at HCC during the semester directly prior to the semester of their study abroad program
    - if the study abroad program is during the fall semester, enrollment in the previous spring semester satisfies this requirement
  5. Student plans to enroll at HCC after the completion of the study abroad program to complete their program plan
    exception: the credits earned abroad will complete the final semester of your program

Interview Process

All students wishing to study abroad will be interviewed by the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad office reserves the right to deny a student participation in HCC sponsored study abroad programs if they do not prove to be prepared to take on the challenges of studying abroad.

* Requirements may vary for faculty-led study abroad programs.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

Eligible students on Financial Aid may use their grants and loans to help fund their study abroad program if the program fits the following requirements:

  1. The student will earn academic credit for the course(s) abroad
  2. The academic credit earned abroad counts towards the student’s HCC program plan
  3. The student is enrolled in a minimum of 6 SCH for the semester

Study abroad credit transfer pre-approval process

In order to determine whether or not the credits earned abroad will count towards a degree plan, the student must have the courses abroad pre-evaluated and reviewed. For further instructions on how to get courses pre-evaluated for HCC credit, please see the Pre-approval Request Form.

*Note: Financial Aid students should not apply to a study abroad program before they have received pre-approval for the program.

Students who do not qualify for Financial Aid are not required to get pre-approval of academic credit transfer to HCC; however, if they desire to get credit towards their program plan at HCC, it is suggested that they follow the process outlined by the Pre-approval Request Form prior to applying for a study abroad program.


The importance of an academic experience abroad and the benefits of cultural emersion are acclaimed worldwide. Thus, an infinite number of scholarships are available to students wishing to study abroad.

Students are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Student and Faculty Resource Center to assist in researching the best scholarship opportunity for them.

Information for Faculty

Faculty members play an important role in increasing study abroad opportunities for HCC students. Short Term Faculty-Led Programs are the most affordable and convenient way for HCC students to experience different cultures. OISS&SA has created a centralized process for faculty to request the incorporation of study abroad into their course.

Faculty who are interested in developing and leading a Short Term Faculty-Led program should refer to the following available resources:

The OISS&SA is here to assist in the process. Please make an appointment to discuss any plans for creating a Short Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program.

For appointments please email or call Bianca Schonberg at        

Study Abroad Student and Faculty Resource Center

New to HCC is the Study Abroad Student and Faculty Resource Center. Located in the OISS&SA, students and faculty have access to the latest study abroad brochures. Computers and staff are here to assist you in researching the right program for your and your educational goals.

The resource center is open to all HCC students and faculty.

Please email prior to visiting the center.

Office of International Student Services & Study Abroad
3100 Main St. (street level of the garage)
Houston TX 77002
(713) 718-8521

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



The organizations/websites below are some of the many resources students can use to seek scholarships to help fund study-abroad opportunities:

Past HCC Programs

Salzburg Global Seminar

Each year HCC sponsor 6 students and 1 faculty member to participate in the Salzburg Global Seminar. Participants are given in class instruction at HCC prior to their departure to Salzburg, Austria, where they participate in a week long rigorous program that exposes them to the multiple international issues. Together with students from around the world, the HCC students are given group assignments and actively participate in academic debates that aim to broaden their understanding of what it mean to be a “global citizen.”

For more information on the Salzburg Global Seminar, visit their website at

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Global Exchange

HCC + Berufsbildende Schule Metalltechnik

The HCC + Berufsbildende Schule Metalltechnik program provides German visitors and their program directors the opportunity to spend three weeks studying at Houston Community College. Visitors study English through classroom instruction and practical immersion. During their say, the visitors and their directors live with HCC faculty and staff, who serve as host families, and immerse themselves in American culture and HCC student life. The goal of the annual exchange is to share ideas, perspectives, and cultures, and to promote the German culture and language.

The program allows visitors to partake in a cultural tour of Houston and the surrounding area. The students and their directors will visit museums, oil and gas corporations and NASA and tour other key sectors of the city, such as the Port of Houston. The visitors will also have an opportunity to partake in different types of American cuisine and tour notable landmarks in Houston.

If interested in becoming a host family for the 2017 program, please email OISS&SA at for more information.