Study Abroad

Students often describe their international adventures as life-changing, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

You will not only enjoy the culture when you travel to a foreign country, but you will also continue to learn. Students can practice their proficiency in modern languages, and those majoring in history can experience global heritage sites firsthand. Foreign travel through a college study abroad program is also an excellent addition to your resume and can aid you during your academic pursuits and future career.

Oakton travels to four countries as part of our study abroad programs, which are India, Italy, the Netherlands and Peru. We've also partnered with the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP) to increase our study abroad offerings to other locations around the world.

Academic Concentration in Global Studies

Oakton offers a special program concentration in global studies. Students who seek to dig deeper into foreign cultures, international relations and more can pursue this 18-credit-hour academic program in conjunction with their study abroad plans.

About the Global Studies Concentration


Oakton Study Abroad Programs

Hyderabad, India

Study the history and cultures of India during the summer, with the option of taking a course in the Indian language. You will spend a month in Hyderabad, India in provided housing with free Wi-Fi access and a full meal plan. Scheduled cultural visits and field trip excursions will enrich you and other students from around the world during your studies. You will also have tutorial assistance, an on-site library and study areas available. You will earn six credits at the end of this study abroad program by completing two courses. Courses offered during the Hyderabad study abroad program vary year by year. Scholarships are available for this program.


Buongiorno! Soak up the art, history and culture of Italy while studying the humanities. Humanities disciplines cover a range of concentrations in the liberal arts including, language, history, the arts and more. Italy's long history of advancements in art and science–and also the birthplace of the Renaissance–make it a perfect location for students of the humanities to grow. You will earn three Oakton credits for this program.

Den Bosch, the Netherlands

This program focuses on the educational system of the Netherlands, which has been ranked by UNICEF in the top five education systems in the world. You will visit local schools as well as Amsterdam and the Hague for two weeks. The corresponding course is worth three credits–EDN 290: Topics in Educational Foundations: Dutch Educational System and Outcomes-Based Learning. Scholarships are available for this program.

Cusco, Peru

Study the educational system of the Andes and how it compares to American education for two weeks in June 2021. Highlights of this program include visits to the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the legendary Machu Picchu, which is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. You will complete the three-credit course EDN 290: Topics in Educational Foundations: Peruvian Educational System and Indigenous Influences. Scholarships are available.

ICISP Study Abroad Programs

Oakton belongs to the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs. Through ICISP, Oakton is able to offer the programs listed below in addition to our own study abroad programs. Browse the ICISP website at the links below to learn more about the countries and curricula that await you.
Interested in learning more? Contact the Global Studies coordinator for ICISP program application forms.

Requirements for Study Abroad

To study abroad with Oakton, you need a minimum of 12 hours of college-level work, at least a 2.75 GPA, and have completed English 101 before you travel.

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Contact Us

Ready to get started with a study abroad program? Contact Katherine Schuster.

Katherine Schuster
Coordinator, Global Studies Program