Study Abroad

Lone Star College System is proud to offer Study Abroad opportunities to students who are interested in studying abroad. Study abroad programs are available for students who are interested in studying in different countries around the globe.

Student Scholarships Now Available

What is Study Abroad?

Study abroad is a program that allows students to take one or more classes in a country other than the United States for academic credit. Study abroad offers valuable opportunities to visit another country, experience another culture firsthand, build your cross-cultural skills, enhance your resume, immerse yourself in another language, challenge yourself in new ways, and make new friends.

About Lone Star College Study Abroad Programs

Lone Star College study abroad programs are:
  • Short-term: Programs take place either during the May minimester or the summer semester. Time abroad varies between 1 week to 1 month depending on the program.
  • Led by LSC faculty: Study abroad courses are taught by the same great faculty that teach on campus. Faculty also organize the programs.
  • For-credit: Study abroad participants complete coursework while in Texas and in the foreign country and earn a grade for the course(s).
  • In a variety of courses: The majority of our study abroad courses each year are in non-language subjects such as Art Appreciation, Creative Writing, Geography, Government, History, Physical Education, Philosophy, and Psychology. Non-language courses are conducted in English so no previous foreign language knowledge is required. Our language classes are at the beginner’s level or the previous levels may be taken prior to the trip.

For information on the study abroad programs being offered and available information sessions, please visit the Programs Offered page.

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Studying abroad offers unparalleled opportunities to:
  • Visit another country
  • Discover a new culture
  • Immerse yourself in a new language
  • Build your cross-cultural skills
  • Make new friends
  • Challenge yourself in new ways - Whether it's trying to navigate the local public transportation system or finding creative ways to overcome the language barrier, study abroad offers countless opportunities to discover new skills and build existing ones.
  • Set yourself apart - Study abroad experience is valuable when applying for jobs or transfer admissions

This is what past LSC Study Abroad Participants said about their experiences:

"This program was more than just a trip. The way that the curriculum was designed created and applied to the trip really made it an experience of a lifetime. I was able to think about my life in ways that I had not done so before, and I have learned lessons past the class and into my life.”                                                                                                                                                                                     
2013 Great Britain Program Participant

“Truly being able to learn in a new way and apply the knowledge! So different from studying in a classroom with 4 walls and desks.”                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                         -2013 Tanzania Program Participant  
                                                                               (in response to the greatest value of the program)

“Besides it being an educational trip, because I literally learned new things every day it became an experience that changed my views of the world, broaden[ed] my horizons, and had me refle[ct] on my beliefs as a student and a person. It was an incredible experience emerging in a new culture that has made me grow as a person.”                                             
-2013 Ireland Program Participant

 “My most favorite [experiences] were my professors and classmates. The people made the trip so worth it!”    
-2013 Great Britain Program Participant

“Well I sincerely feel like I’ve seen and experience a whole new world. This trip was humbling, life-changing, and incredible more than anything, even academically. It had an extremely personal effect. I want to adopt, I want to build an orphanage/school, I want to give a year of my life to fill needs I saw, all because of this trip.”     
                                                                                            -2013 Tanzania Program Participant
                                                                               (in response to the greatest value of the program)

Ten Myths about Study Abroad 



#1: Community colleges do not offer study abroad programs.

Lone Star has been offering SA for the last 10 years.  Students have explored Chile, China, Costa Rica, England, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, the Philippines, Scotland, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania and taken courses in Accounting, Art Appreciation, Biology, British Literature, Chinese, English, Ethics, Geology, Geography, History, Kinesiology, Logic, Psychology, Spanish, and Speech.

#2: Community college students don't participate in study abroad programs.

In the past eight years, approximately 350 Lone Star students completed study abroad programs. Here is what one of them had to say about their experience: “This program was more than just a trip. The way that the curriculum was designed created and applied to the trip really made it an experience of a lifetime. I was able to think about my life in ways that I had not done so before, and I have learned lessons past the class and into my life.”                   -2013 Participant

#3: International experience is not important for employers.

Houston is a global city and the capital city for oil and gas industry.  The nature of business is becoming more global so many Houston employers are looking for employees with global competency.

#4: You have to study abroad for an entire semester or an entire year.

Lone Star study abroad programs are short-term and take place during the May minimester or the summer. Time abroad varies with each program but typically lasts anywhere from 1 week to 1 month. You will meet on campus/online for the remainder of your course. Courses typically last anywhere from 3 weeks to 6 weeks.

#5: It’s too early or too late to study abroad.

There is no early or late time to enroll in a study abroad program.  However, you can get a head start by studying abroad while at a community college. LSC students can study abroad as early as their first year provided they meet the prerequisites of the course being offered abroad or even near the end of the degree plan.

#6: Studying abroad is too expensive to study abroad and I can’t afford it.

Lone Star programs are short-term during the May minimester or the summer. Time abroad lasts between 1 week to  1 month which helps keep the cost down. LSC also offers a need-based scholarships for students to help pay for their programs. Planning early and budgeting your monthly expenses can help make your dream a reality. There are numerous outside scholarships also available. A Lone Star student received the Gilman scholarship, a prestigious national award:

#7: I can't progress with my AA/AS degree plan if I study abroad.

LSC students complete coursework as part of the study abroad program. Therefore, you will receive course credit which can be applied toward your core class requirements or electives depending on your degree plan just like with classes offered on campus.

#8: Only students with high GPAs can participate on a study abroad program.

LSC students with a variety of GPAs participate on study abroad.

#9: I don't speak a foreign language so I can't participate on a study abroad program.

Prior foreign language knowledge is not a requirement for any Lone Star study abroad programs. Most courses offered abroad through Lone Star are not foreign language courses. These courses are taught by LSC faculty who will communicate with you in English.

#10: It is not safe to study abroad.

Spending time abroad is just as safe as living in a large city like Houston if you exercise common sense and follow program policies. LSC ensures that program destination countries are safe before allowing students to travel there; countries currently under a Department of State Travel Warning for serious safety threats such as terrorism and war are prohibited.

Financial Aid & Student Scholarships



Financial Aid

Our college system has resources available to eligible students that help with the cost of studying abroad. Enrollment in a program of study abroad approved for credit by the home school may be considered enrollment in the home school for purposes of applying for federal student financial aid.

Study Abroad Student Scholarships

2014-2015 Study Abroad Scholarships were due by 5 PM on Monday, November 10, 2014. If funds remain, a second round of applications will be accepted in February 2015. Please check back in January for an update on whether funds remain.

Lone Star College System offers a limited number of need-based scholarships each year to help students pay for their Lone Star College study abroad programs. There are a few "need-blind" scholarships available for 2014-2015. The same application can be used to apply for either the need-based or need-blind scholarship and the deadline is the same.

Plan to apply for a Study Abroad Student Scholarship and explore the many avenues of studying abroad. Students may be awarded the Study Abroad Student Scholarship from Lone Star College System if they meet certain requirements.  See the Study Abroad Scholarship Application for requirements.

Study Abroad Scholarship Application Materials:

Study Abroad Scholarship Application

Printable Study Abroad Scholarship Recommendation Form

Online Study Abroad Scholarship Recommendation Form

Please submit all scholarship applications with supporting materials (except for the online recommendation form) to the faculty in charge of the program in which you will be participating by the deadline. If your recommender uses the online version of the recommendation form and you would like to confirm whether the office of International Programs & Services has received it, please contact us at or by phone at 281-290-2879.

Students are encouraged to obtain information regarding other financial assistance and scholarship resources for study abroad courses.

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Martha Ocampo, who is one of the Lone Star College students with the 2010-2011 Study Abroad Program to China. Martha is the first Lone Star student to receive the Benjamin A Gilman International Scholarship.

This national scholarship was very competitive with less than 20 percent of the students being awarded. The scholarship is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE).