International classes

Are you interested in learning another language for fun or transfer credit? What about taking an international studies course? Elementary and intermediate Spanish, international studies and international relations classes are offered at Sandburg. Check out the college’s course schedule for more information on meeting days and times for these classes as well as learning communities combining these courses with trips.  


Study abroad

Carl Sandburg College offers the following study-abroad opportunities:

Semester opportunities

  • Austria
  • China
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Spain

Summer opportunities

  • Austria
  • Costa Rica
  • Cuba
  • England
  • France 
  • India
  • Spain

View study-abroad eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


Faculty-led opportunities 

We offer seven- to 10-day cultural trips to various countries, which vary from year to year. These faculty-led trips introduce students to the culture and everyday life abroad. Cultural trips give you an opportunity to practice another language, taste international cuisine, explore diverse flora and fauna, enjoy local art and music, visit museums and historical sites, serve local communities and much more. Many of these opportunities are attached to Sandburg courses.


Past Trips

Experiencing the Holocaust in Germany and Austria (March 2019)

History and Culture of Italy (March 2018)

Biology in Belize (January 2018)

Exploring China (March 2017)

Experiencing the Holocaust in Germany, Czech Republic and Poland (March 2016)

England, Germany, and Austria (2013)

Nursing in Costa Rica (2013)

Spanish in Ecuador (2012)


Professional development abroad

Carl Sandburg College offers a two-week professional exchange for faculty and administrators to China, Finland and the Netherlands. In addition, Sandburg faculty are welcome to apply for summer assistant director positions in Costa Rica and semester visiting faculty positions in Austria, China, England, Ireland and Spain. Those interested in participating should contact James Hutchings for eligibility requirements and application deadlines.


International Education Week

International Education Week is celebrated during the third week of November. The purpose of International Education Week is to celebrate various cultures around the world, international education, and international exchanges for both faculty and students. Past events have included free international food, information tables (Study Abroad, Spanish classes, Culture Club, etc.), speakers, cultural activities, international displays, “Pack the Place” at El Rancherito, and raffles. Please contact James Hutchings, if you would like to participate in this year’s event.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the Sandburg study abroad coordinator to help you get involved in international programs at Carl Sandburg College.