International Studies

Every year dozens of Central Arizona College students do something that most other college students never do.  They step out of their comfort zones and they study abroad.

Central Arizona College offers several travel study programs to fit the educational interests, scheduling limitations and financial needs of our students.

We invite all CAC students and members of the Pinal County community to explore our current international studies opportunities.


  • Italy: A Taste of the Roman Countryside

    Castro dei Volsci, Italy (November 2019)

    Italian Cultural and Culinary Immersion

    Spend a week in Castro dei Volsci, a medieval stone village south-east of Rome.  Experience daily culinary excursions to the surrounding countryside and seaside, then return to the Casa for afternoon riposo (rest).  Report to the main kitchen each evening for hand-on cooking instruction with an Italian English-speaking chef.

    Questions? Please contact Professor Kolette Draegan at

  • Greece: Intercultural Studies from Communication Studies

    Athens, Greece (March 2020)

    Explore the settings, structures and cultures that remain of the once-mighty ancient Greek civilization.

    Gaze out from Pericles’ greatest vision after two thousand years of war, bombardment and reconstruction. Discuss the feats of Michael Phelps and company at the site where the modern Olympics were born, and ponder life’s great questions in literal molds of Socrates, Plato and other great philosophers.  Download the Greece Study Abroad Program Flyer HERE.

    Sign up at www.EFCST.COM/2209142JW

    Questions? Please contact Professor Michelle Young at

  • Additional Travel Programs Offered Via our Humanities Department

    Humanities Tour of Spain (March 2020)

    The CAC Community Education Department is pleased to offer Humanities Tours to Europe. You will travel with Humanities Professor Alyson Hanson and other CAC students and community members on active, educational tours arranged by ACIS, the American Council of International Studies.  Academic credit is available.

    Questions? Please contact Professor Hanson at

  • Ireland: 10-Day Culture & Language Program Over Spring Break

    County Donegal & Dublin (Future Dates TBD)

    Spend Spring Break in Ireland!  Central Arizona College is offering a 10-day study abroad program in the lush, green countryside of County Donegal, Ireland with an overnight excursion to Dublin.  Students will participate in a World Literature class during the spring semester, exploring stories, poetry & novels from around the world with a special focus on Irish authors.

International Scholarship Opportunities

These scholarships are offered by third party providers, not all programs or students will be eligible for all scholarships.

Click below to learn more:

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship


The Gilman Scholarship Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs is an undergraduate program for U.S. citizens of limited financial means to enable them to study abroad, thereby internationalizing their outlook and better preparing them to thrive in the global economy.

Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

The Frederick Douglas Global Fellowship (FDGF) program is a product of a partnership between CIEE and the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI) established to break down the barriers of cost, curriculum, and culture to make study abroad accessible to students from MSIs.

Selected Fellows will travel to London, England in summer 2019 for a credit-earning study abroad program. Scholarship funds will cover 100 percent of all program fees and travel costs for a cohort of 10 freshmen and sophomores from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

Diversity Abroad Scholarships

Explore diversity study abroad scholarships and grants from Diversity Abroad connects talented diverse and underrepresented students and graduates to international education and career opportunities that will prepare them for leadership in an interconnected world.

Fund for Education Abroad

The mission of the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) is to provide scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented among the US study abroad population. Click here to download info on the Spring 2020 FEA Scholarship.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program

The CLS Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 15 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.

2019 Japan Study Abroad Blog

Professors Sandy Rath & Michelle Young lead a group to Japan for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Follow their amazing adventure in their blog.

2018 Ireland Study Abroad Blog

Follow along with Professor Tatiana Keeling and Central Arizona College students on their 2018 spring break adventure to Ireland!

2017 Ireland Study Abroad Blog

Central Arizona College students embarked on our first European study abroad program to Ireland during spring break 2017. Professor Karen Hindhede blogged about the experiences on this exciting adventure. #cacireland

Check out some of the amazing places our students visited in France on the Humanities Tours (May, 2018):

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