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Sightsee and explore the world through a study abroad program

Service Learning & Study Abroad Opportunities

Studying abroad takes learning to another level. Whether you’re interested in international service learning or immersing yourself in another culture, you can make the most of your college experience through Chemeketa’s programs.

Chemeketa offers service learning abroad programs to Nicaragua and Mexico and one study abroad program to Japan. If you would like to pursue a different study abroad program, you can consult with Teter Kapan, Director of International Programs, to see how it would fit into your academic goals.

2017-18 Programs


    Download the 2017-18 brochure here

    Health & Hope Across Borders

    Don’t have plans for spring break? Join Chemeketa’s team to Nicaragua this school year! Expect a rewarding trip that mixes study, service, and travel. You will spend winter term studying International Development, and then travel to an AMOS compound in Managua, Nicaragua over spring break. While in Nicaragua, students will do health-related service in the local villages with AMOS. The Nicaraguan based humanitarian agency provides health services and health education and has built strong community ties that have endured over many years. Expect to build relationships with the locals while assembling water filters, eating community dinner, and playing games with the children.

    This program requires enrollment in HUM120 for the winter term. You’ll learn about international studies, community development and international health during six Saturday classes throughout the term, then put what you study in class to use improving the health of people in need abroad.


    The total cost of the program is $2,200*, which includes deposit, tuition, air, lodging, meals, project fees, insurance and bus transportation.

    *Cost subject to change depending on airfare.


    APPLICATIONA ARE CLOSED FOR THE 2017-18 YEAR. Please check back for 2018-19 dates.

    Application Deadline: November TBD, 2018
    Travel dates: Spring Break


    Download the brochure here

    Education Across Borders

    Learn about global issues and international development, with focus on education as community empowerment! Then travel to Oaxaca, Mexico to put theory into practice by building schools and serving kids in a very poor community near the city dump. It’s an eye-opening experience that will challenge your thinking and awareness! Participate in Spanish classes and put your new skills to use every day—it’s the best way to really learn a language. Also, experience the fascinating culture of Oaxaca, including climbing the pyramids at the ruins of Monte Alban, seeing the traditional arts of rug weaving and pottery, and we all live in an old hacienda family home together. Expect a rewarding trip that mixes study, service, and travel. This is an excellent opportunity for future teachers, and anyone who wants to gain deep understanding of global issues and participate in meaningful community service. Students will work with a Salem-based humanitarian agency called Friends of Pimpollo that provides educational services and scholarships in Mexico. Check them out on the web:

    For this program, students are required to register for HUM120 in the spring term. Six class sessions meet before the trip, and then students participate in a ten-day educational service learning project in Oaxaca, Mexico.


    The total cost of the program is $2,000*, which includes tuition, air, lodging, most meals, project fees, and insurance.

    *Cost is subject to change depending on airfare.


    Fill out the application 2017-18 Service Learning Application

    Application Deadline: February 26, 2018
    Travel dates: June 14-23, 2018 (right after spring term)


    Download the brochure here

    Otemae University Exchange: Japanese Language and Culture

    There is no better way to learn a foreign culture than to go there and experience it yourself! As a currently enrolled Japanese student, you will have the privilege to take Japanese classes in Otemae to enhance your language skill and at the same time use what you learn to interact with local students and community members in their native tongue.

    Students will stay in a residence dorm. The dormitories reside in Nishinomiya, Japan, a suburban city that is only 20 minutes away by train from Osaka, Japan’s third largest city. The duration of the trip will last approximately four months, from mid-march to the end of July. Students will have the opportunity to experience spring and summer in Japan as they visit many festivals and shrines as well as view the famous cherry blossoms in the spring.


    • Must have high school diploma or equivalent
    • Current Chemeketa student with minimum 3.00 GPA
    • 18 years of age at time of departure
    • Taking or passed JPN course with C or better
    • Must stay for the whole program


    Tuition and fees for the terms registration are the same as normal and paid for here at Chemeketa. Housing in the dorms has no cost associated because it is covered through the internship with Otemae University as a part of the benefits of the exchange. Students selected will need to plan on covering airfare and other expenses once they are in country. Expenses to plan for include airfare, meals, transportation, personal expenses, and books/supplies. Foundation scholarships, scholars program and federal financial aid are applicable to the program.

    Round trip airfare can be purchased in advance for as low as $800–1,000 US but costs will increase if purchased closer to departure date. After airfare, costs in country can range widely depending on what the student chooses to do for excursion travel, eating out and entertainment activities. Previous student budgets range from $2,000-$5,000 US.


    APPLICATION IS CLOSED FOR THE 2017-18 YEAR. Please check back for 2018-19 dates.

    Application Deadline: November TBD, 2018
    Interviews: December TBD, 2018
    Orientation: January TBD, 2019
    Travel dates: March TBD - July TBD, 2019

  • Chemeketa students at Monte Alban ruins

  • Tiny international flags decorate a table