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Study Abroad

Travel is transforming. We invite you to explore the world with faculty from Macomb and other colleges and universities. The following study and travel opportunities are available to Macomb students, for college credit and/or the experience of a lifetime!

Current Study and Travel Abroad Opportunities at Macomb

Granada, Spain
Granada is home to the Alhambra palace and citadel, built by Moorish monarchs in the 13th and 14th centuries, and the Capilla Real, final resting place of Columbus’ sponsors: Fernando and Isabella. Spend two weeks in the summer studying Spanish at the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, Universidad de Granada, and live with a host family. May be audited or taken for Spanish language credit. Contact Professor Susanna Williams: or 586.445.7287.

Guadalajara, Mexico
Guadalajara, often called the “Pearl of the West,” is Mexico’s second largest city and home to many museums, theaters and galleries, as well as a Spanish Renaissance cathedral that dates back to the 1500s. Spend two weeks in the summer studying Spanish at the Centro de Estudios para Extranjeros, Universidad de Guadalajara, and live with a host family. May be audited or taken for Spanish language credit. Contact Professor Maria Ramos: or 586.286.2117.

Select Sites, Europe
From Medieval through Beaux Arts and beyond, the art and architecture of Europe is best appreciated in person. Spend two weeks in late spring traveling across Europe (France, Italy, Germany and Switzerland in 2017) visiting cultural landmarks, world renowned museums and sites that have inspired creative geniuses for centuries. May be taken for college credit - Art Appreciation Abroad - or for the experience alone. Contact Professor Todd Mitchell:

London, England
London is an easy town in which to both navigate and communicate, with Big Ben, Tower of London and Westminster and St. Paul’s cathedrals among its legendary landmarks. Spend spring break in March following in the footsteps of Shakespeare, Dickens, the Beatles and Duchess Catherine on the annual trip led by Phil Barrons, retired humanities faculty. Accommodations will be at a centrally located London hotel. College credit is not available. Contact Professor Emeritus Phil Barrons:

Rift Valley, Kenya
Kenya is located in Central Africa and while rich in dramatic landscapes and exotic wildlife, it is a country burdened by great poverty.  In this two-week study abroad opportunity, students will live and work at three orphanages in the Rift Valley, interacting with children of the Pokot Tribe whose only chance for a better life is through education. College credit for directed study is available. Contact Professor Rochelle Zaranek,            

Pompeii, Italy
Pompeii, three hours from Rome, was a bustling city with restaurants, bakeries and wine shops before Mount Vesuvius buried it in ash and rock in 79 AD. Since being unearthed in 1748, it has become the longest excavated archaeological site in the world. But there is more to be done. Spend one to three weeks in the summer on an international team analyzing the ancient city’s food culture and stay at the Villa dei Misteri Motel as part of the Pompeii Food and Drink Project. College credit for directed study is available. Contact Professor Mary Meier:

Select Culinary Tours Abroad

Every country has a distinct culinary heritage.  France is known for its cheeses and wine, Spain for its tapas and paella, and Japan for its sushi and ramen.  Tasting tours, which include cooking lessons/demonstrations and visits to local farmers’ markets, are being offered by Macomb’s Culinary Arts department to these and other destinations. Open to all students, they occur after the end of the winter semester in May and may be taken for college credit.  Contact Professor Scott O'Farrell at

Study abroad trips to Granada and Guadalajara include a required on campus component.

Assistance with Travel Expenses

Macomb’s Study Abroad Fund
Because Macomb faculty and staff want you to have the opportunity to experience other countries and cultures, the Macomb Study Abroad Fund has been established to help with the cost of travel outside the U.S. Awards of $500 are available to students to help pay for their travel expenses.

Travel must be connected to an academic program, a Macomb study abroad program or an MMII (Macomb Multicultural International Initiatives) approved activity, and you must be at least 18 years old and have completed two semesters or 15 credit hours at Macomb.
Applications are available from the Macomb Community College Foundation, 586.445.7302.

Gilman International Scholarship Program
Community college students receiving Pell Grants are eligible to apply for these substantial study abroad scholarships. Go to the Gilman Scholarship Program page for more information.

Other Study Abroad Opportunities

University-level study in Europe
The European Commission invites students from outside Europe to study in the European Union and have created a website that provides information on study opportunities in more than 30 countries. The Study in Europe site offers eight convincing reasons for studying in Europe.

Macomb Community College students study abroad.