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Peralta Study Abroad Programs

26 February 2018

The Peralta Colleges are offering upcoming programs abroad led by faculty in Belize, Iceland/New Zealand, England, Germany, Egypt, Ghana, China, Japan/Taiwan, and Mexico.

Deadlines are quickly approaching for certain programs!
Click here to fill out our Pre-Travel Information Form to learn more about the program you are interested in:

JAPAN Principles of Retailing (May 24-May 31, 2019) – Merritt College, Simon Chan (
CHINA Study Abroad in China (May 27-June 7, 2019) Laney College (Pending Approval)
COSTA RICA Physical Geography (May 31 – June 15, 2019) College of Alameda – Gary Hasbrouck ( – (Pending Approval)
ICELAND Anthropology Field Studies (June 1-7, 2019) – College of Alameda, Jayne Smithson (
LONDON Cosmetology (June 1-11, 2019) Laney College, Cosmetology – Petra Maria (
MEXICO Nauatl/Spanish (June 1-16, 2019) Laney College, Arturo Davila-Sanchez (
BELIZE Critical Thinking (June 5-15, 2019) – Merritt College, Egbert Higinio (
GERMANY History of Western Art (July 5-21, 2019) College of Alameda, Maria Guzman (
TAIWAN Principles of Retailing (July 26-August 1, 2019) – Merritt College, Simon Chan (
EGYPT Beginning Conversational Arabic (Dates TBD Summer 2019) Berkeley City College  – Gaye Walton-Price ( PENDING COLLEGE APPROVAL
GHANA Dance, Intercultural Communications and African American Studies (July 23 – August 9, 2019) – Laney College/College of Alameda, Andrea Lee (, Kwesi Wilson (, Jody Campbell (
NEW ZEALAND Anthropology Field Studies (August 1-12, 2019) – College of Alameda,Jayne Smithson (

For more information, please contact Drew Gephart at or visit the Study Abroad website at

Drew Gephart
International Services Manager
Peralta Community College District
Office of International Education
333 East 8th Street
Oakland, CA, 94606
Tel: (510) 587-7834; Fax: (510) 663-0937

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Peralta Recognized for Commitment to Study Abroad

20 November 2015

IMG_0461The Office of International Education for the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) was recognized in the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) “Generation Study Abroad Year One Impact” report for its commitment to increase awareness and advocacy of study abroad. (

Founded in 1919, IIE is a private, not-for-profit leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. In collaboration with governments, foundations and other sponsors, IIE creates programs of study and training for students, educators and professionals from all sectors. These programs include the flagship Fulbright Program and Gilman Scholarships administered for the U.S. Department of State. IIE also conducts policy research, provides resources on international exchange opportunities and offers support to scholars in danger..

This past summer, 2015, PCCD offered four study abroad programs to Europe, Haiti, Ghana and Jamaica. In 2016, PCCD is offering courses in Cuba, Iceland and Ghana.

As part of the effort to expand awareness of study abroad, the Office of International Education hosted its second annual study abroad fair at Berkeley City College on September 23, 2015. The fair included a special presentation on Cuban Animation by popular Cuban animators, Mario and Daniel Rivas, that was facilitated by Paul Bardwil of Global Education Foundation, the organization assisting the Spanish Study Abroad in Cuba Program at Berkeley City College, which is scheduled to run in May 28 to June 4, 2016. Facilitated by Drew Gephart of the PCCD Office of International Education, the event was well attended by students from all levels, including international students who are also eligible to join in the study abroad program of their choice. Several vendors, including those from the Peralta Colleges, as well as the Office of International Education, were present to showcase and to answer questions about their study abroad programs.

“As a local travel company based here in Berkeley, Go Overseas was proud to participate in the Peralta Study Abroad fair. We’re committed to making international education accessible for all students and this event was an excellent opportunity to promote awareness and drum up enthusiasm for community college students here in the Bay Area,” said Anna Morris, Study & Intern Abroad Director, Go Overseas.

The Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today by the Institute of International Education (IIE), shows that five percent more American students – a total of 304,467 – studied abroad for academic credit from their U.S. colleges and universities in 2013/14, as compared with the prior year. This is the highest rate of growth in study abroad in five years, and reflects building momentum after the two percent growth reported last year. While study abroad by American students has more than tripled in the last two decades, still only about 10 percent of U.S. students study abroad before graduating from college.

The Peralta Community College District has focused on increasing study abroad participation this year, as a commitment partner in the IIE Generation Study Abroad initiative to double the number of American students who go abroad each year —

600,000 individuals — by 2020, and to diversify that group. Currently, fewer than 10-percent of American college students participate in international study programs, and less than 25 percent of those students are from underrepresented minority groups. At PCCD, there is an emphasis on the importance of global awareness, and a belief that a study abroad experience enhances a student’s global outlook and overall education.

“There is a great need to grow the study abroad program at The Peralta Colleges. Due to the necessity for international exposure in the global economy, we are working hard so that Peralta students are better situated to be successful in their careers and in lives,” said Drew Gephart, International Services Manager of the Peralta Community College District..

“International experience is one of the most important components of a 21st century education,” said IIE’s President Dr. Allan E. Goodman. “Studying abroad is one of the best ways undergraduate and graduate students gain the international experience necessary to succeed in today’s global workforce. And studying in another country prepares students to be real contributors to solving key global issues in the world we share.”

Launched in March 2014 with 156 partners, Generation Study Abroad has grown to include more than 600 partners that have pledged a total of $185 million in support to make study abroad more accessible to all students. Partners include 350 U.S. colleges and universities, 100 from outside of the United States, study abroad organizations and education associations, as well as 14 country partners around the world – including the U.S. Department of State. In addition, 500 K-12 teachers from 50 states have pledged to take action to encourage their students to develop a global perspective and consider studying abroad when they are in college.

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Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshop at Laney College, November 5

28 October 2014

Study Abroad Financial Aid Workshop (November 5th)If you are interested in studying abroad but not sure how you can afford to, or how to assist students, come to this very important information STUDY ABROAD FINANCIAL AID WORKSHOP.  Representatives from Financial Aid will speak to PCCD faculty, staff and students about how to apply for financial aid to help cover the costs of studying abroad.  You don’t want to miss this event!

Date: Wednesday, November 5th
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Laney College (Room E-254)

For more information contact Drew Gephart at (510) 587-7834 or

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A Student Guide to Study Abroad eBook

4 September 2014

imagePacked with user-friendly “how to” information offered in a fun and engaging style, A Student Guide to Study Abroad includes 100 practical, easy-to-follow tips and more than 200 real-life stories from students, advisers and professionals.  Written by three leading study abroad and career experts, this guide makes it clear that study abroad is more flexible, affordable and accessible than ever before, and that there is a study abroad option for just about everyone. The guide addresses the needs of all students as it offers targeted advice for students from diverse backgrounds and different fields of study, and addresses practical considerations related to topics such as disabilities, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, and financial need.


Topics include:

  • Deciding how to choose the right program
  • Figuring out the financials
  • Making the most of your time abroad
  • Immersing yourself in the culture
  • Staying safe and healthy
  • Transitioning back to life in the States
  • Incorporating the study abroad experience into a winning job search


For more information about the book, visit: For more information about the Generation Study Abroad campaign, visit


You can download your free copy of A Student Guide to Study Abroad from any computer, phone, or e-reader.  Just go to and select the file format that works for you.

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Study Abroad Fair at Laney College, October 1

27 August 2014

Would you like to design a study abroad program in conjunction with one of your classes?  Are you interested in learning how you can integrate an international experience into your curriculum?  If so, come meet with representations from study abroad programs and organizations that can help you design a tailor-made program!


Study Abroad Fair Flyer (October 1st at Laney)

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Peralta’s International Education Office Joins Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative

3 June 2014


The Peralta Community College District’s Office of International Education has joined the Institute of International Education’s Generation Study Abroad Initiative to double the number of American students who study abroad by the end of the decade. The initiative is also focused on increasing the diversity of students who study abroad, ensuring quality and removing barriers to participation.

In the last two years, the Peralta Colleges has had 56 students study abroad. This year two programs are being offered through the Laney College Dance Department for Summer 2014: Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad (Havana, Cuba – July 11-18, 2014) and Travel to Haiti (Haiti – July 26-August 17, 2014). More information, visit

A total of 308 partners have joined Generation Study Abroad to date. They include 241 United States colleges and universities and other associations and organizations, including the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

“I believe all students should have the opportunity and access to study abroad,” says Drew Gephart from Peralta’s Office of International Education. “I am excited to join the Generation Study Abroad initiative, and committed to making a difference in the lives of our students through our study abroad program,” added Gephart, pictured with Wagaye Johannes, Project Director at the Institute of International Education, accepting a Certificate of Appreciation to the Peralta Colleges.

Peralta’s Office of International Education is committed to finding new and creative solutions to enable students to participate in the study abroad experience. Study abroad improves student learning by integrating knowledge with real life experiences, creates a lasting learning experience for everyone, promotes the colleges and their programs on a global level, and provides an opportunity where students and faculty develop a greater appreciation for other cultures and become more globally aware.

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Laney College Presents: Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad

5 February 2014

Cuban Culture and History through Dance Study Abroad-1

Explore the rich culture of Havana, Cuba through the lens of dance, music, and spiritual traditions. Study Cuban dance forms with local Cuban teachers and dance partners. Tour historical sites, visit eco-communities and experience the life and rhythm of Cuba. The program, through the Laney Dance Department, is open for all levels of participation and will give you a unique view of the Cuban dance world and lifestyle.

Where: Havana, Cuba
When: July 11-18, 2014
Cost: $2,685 from Miami

For more information click here!

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