Study Abroad Program History

Program History

Green River College is part of a consortium of Washington State community colleges (WCCCSA) formed more than 25 years ago to jointly send groups of students to study abroad. The groups are accompanied and typically taught by tenured faculty from participating institutions. The consortium has a long, successful history starting with the London Quarter and then over time other programs were added such as Costa Rica, Italy, Spain, Germany, Morocco, Chile Germany and France.

Independent of WCCCSA, Green River developed a Study Abroad program in Australia/New Zealand in the year 2000 and has continued to operate successfully. Students spend four weeks in Melbourne, Australia and then four weeks in Auckland, New Zealand. Our partners are Newman College/University of Melbourne and Te Pukenga-UNITEC in Auckland. As part of the WCCCSA consortium, other colleges in the state participate by enrolling their students in this program. 

Green River also developed a Study Abroad program in Japan in 2009. The program was developed in partnership with Kanagawa University in Atsugi, Japan, but later moved to the Tokyo area. The program has been offered each fall quarter and continues to be very popular with students.

Benefits for Students

A study abroad experience for students is highly desirable as part of their development and education. Students develop a broader perspective, learn to appreciate cultural diversity, and are enriched by this opportunity to live and study in another country. Typically students return with increased confidence and maturity and full of exuberance and excitement about their studies and experiences abroad.  Students can develop the skills they need for success in today‚Äôs global workforce.

Benefits for Faculty

Teaching abroad is a vastly positive professional development opportunity for faculty, who return from the experience more energized and also more knowledgeable. Developing increased cultural sensitivity is also helpful in working with the international student population at Green River. Over the years, many Green River faculty have had the opportunity to teach in WCCCSA and other Study Abroad programs.

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Study Abroad Staff

Megan Swanson, Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Megan Swanson, Assistant Director of International Education
Office Location: IVD 114      Phone: 253-931-6845


Andres Montano Leal, Study Abroad, Program Assistant
Andres Montano Leal, International Education Program Manager 

Office Location: IVD 116        Phone: 253-931-6976

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Detailed brochures and applications are available for each program. Information meetings are arranged as needed. Group orientation sessions are scheduled prior to departure.


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Green River College
12401 SE 320th St.
Auburn, WA, 98092


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