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Students on a study abroad trip Published June 05, 2023

At 46, Zachary Boles is older than the traditional college student, and he always thought the chance to study abroad was out of reach. After learning about the study abroad opportunities at College of Lake County (CLC), he’s now daydreaming about seeing the sights of Germany.

“I’ve always wanted to study abroad, but there were very little opportunities available to me during my younger years,” Boles said. “I love to travel, and I’m excited for everything.”

Boles is one of eight fortunate CLC students to receive full scholarships for summer study abroad trips.

Scholarship money covers program costs, airfare, lodging and meals.

“Many assume these programs are too expensive,” said Dean of Enrollment Services Erin Fowles. “Prices are kept low and scholarships and financial aid are available.”

This summer, trips are heading to Germany, Iceland and Panama.

Not all study abroad courses require students to be out of the country for an entire semester. Short-term programs can run anywhere between one to three weeks and are part of a semester-long course that has just a segment taught abroad. Long-term programs are abroad throughout the whole semester.

Long-term courses place a larger emphasis on the language, as students are in the country for a longer time. Courses, though they are typically general education, tend to relate to the country.

The locations differ every year, as CLC faculty are given the liberty to design their own programs, including the country and the courses.

The classes taken during these programs are typically general education courses that fit into anyone’s requirements. Students don’t even have to be pursuing a degree and can just take the courses for their own experience.

“We don't want to restrict any students' opportunity to take one of these courses,” said Department of Global Engagement Senior Administrative Assistant Violeta Ramirez.

Though covering just half the cost may not be enough for some students, those who receive Pell grants are eligible for the Benjamin Gilman scholarship through the U.S. Department of State for full-paid study abroad tuition.

Along with taking classes, students have the chance to explore the country by visiting cultural and historical sites, engaging with the community and culture and getting free time to explore on their own.

“It's important to offer study abroad programs because this is the first time many students are traveling out of the country,” Fowles said. “We want to create an affordable experience that’s also a fun, unique opportunity for students.”

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