Student Study Abroad Opportunities


January 2018 – Paris and the Loire Valley, France

West Valley College Study Abroad Program has organized a nine-day educational study tour to France during January 2018. The itinerary includes Paris, Normandy, St. Malo, and the Loire Valley. Highlights in the itinerary include: major sights, museums, and Versailles in Paris; the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and Mont Saint Michell Abbey in Normandy and St. Malo; troglodyte cave dwelling and the Château de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley.

Students may sign up for the trip at the EF College Study Tours webpage for this trip

Once students sign up at the EF College Study Tours webpage, they must contact Dr. Gray for further instructions:

Students may complete up to 6 units in this France Study Abroad Program Learning Community. That is, there are 3 courses available, and students may complete up to 2, but they must complete at least one. Fees for registering for the class/es are not included in the fees for the trip. Students may use their financial aid to pay for the courses.

The classes meet at WVC on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25. Departure from San Francisco to Paris is on January 10, and the return is on January 18.

These are the three courses:

Dr. Dulce María Gray will be teaching WGQS 002 Women and Gender Studies: Women in the Arts, Multicultural Perspectives. This course introduces students to the study of women's creative work in literature, the visual arts, and the performing arts, especially in France. This course fulfills the Cultural Diversity requirement for the AA degree. Pass/No Pass option. Transfer UC/CSU. This class meets from 5:00 PM to 8:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.

Dr. Brichko will be teaching Basic and Intermediate French Conversation and Culture 50A/B and 51A/B. Designed for those desiring a basic practical conversational approach to learning a language, this course emphasizes conversation and vocabulary-building with a minimum of grammar. A variety of classroom activities will permit the student to use the language while studying it. Cultural topics will center on everyday life in France today (food, customs and traditions, the family, etc.). A variety of audiovisual aids will be used in the presentation of this course. This course may also appeal to the growing number of people conducting business with foreign companies. Pass/No Pass option. Transfer CSU. This class meets from 9:00 AM to 12:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.

Ms. Burrill will be teaching English 49/49 Honors Modern Fiction. This course focus on reading and analyzing fiction from the Modern Period (1895-1945). It also covers Pre-modern literary movements and Postmodern texts. It fulfills general education requirement for literature. The Honors version uses pedagogical methods common to all Honors courses: interdisciplinary, writing-intensive, collaborative and experiential instruction. This class meets from 1:00 PM to 4:50 PM on the WVC campus on January 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 25, and in France from January 11 to January 17. Travel dates are January 10 and 18.

There are a limited number of full scholarships available for WVC students. The application is here. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Wednesday 11 May 2017. (Registration fees for the courses are not included in the scholarship, but students may use their financial aid.)

Students without a scholarship may join the trip and pay the $3,200+ expenses.


Students May Tranfer to Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic

Students may complete their bachelor's degrees in Prague for less than the cost of attending a CSU or UC in 1.5 to 2 years. AAU is a WSCUC accredited University. Majors include: Business, Visual Arts, and Politcial Science/International Relations.

Service Learning

Service Learning trips abroad and in the United States are being planned. Please keep checking this page.

Salzburg, Austria

This trip has truly challenged me and helped me become better prepared for my intended career in International Law. Mikela Lazari, Fellow of the 2017 GC Seminar

WVC students are invited to apply to attend the Global Citizenship Seminar, which takes place in Salzburg, Austria at the beginning of summer 2018. Applications will be made available at the beginning of the spring semester. Students may also apply for scholarships to attend the GC Seminar, or they may choose to pay the fees. For additional information, students may contact Dr. Tim Kelly, the Faculty Advisor of this program.

The GC Seminar is an intensive seven day international experience that aims to help students to develop a better understanding of the processes and effects of globalization. Participants learn about the core values inherent in being Global Citizens, and about how to integrate those values into their actions. The goal of the program is to instill the desire, ability, and sense of empowerment that a Global Citizen needs in order to affect positive change in their college campus, as well as in their local and global communities. 

The GC Seminar is organized by the Global Citizenship Alliance, which since its founding in 2004 has worked with more than 3,300 students, faculty, and administrators to make Global Citizenship the foundation for knowledge and action in the 21st century. The seminar takes place at the historic Schloss Leopoldskron , a palace (originally built for the Archbishop of Salzburg in 1736) that overlooks the Alps and Hohensalzburg Castle

Each year the seminar focuses on a particular theme (i.e., international disparities or world conflict), and is conducted using three pedagogical modules:

Plenary Lectures that explore understanding the Contemporary world, followed by questions and answers and discussions.

Small Group Work that explore, in depth, a specific topic related to globalization and global citizenship.

Cultural Exchanges that facilitate interaction with other cultures through cultural activities and off-site visits (to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site outside of Munich, Germany).

West Valley College students admitted to this Study Abroad Program work under the direction of the Faculty Advisor, Dr. Tim Kelly, and should expect to participate in a pre-departure orientation and mandatory meetings to discuss required readings and prepare for the seminar.

For further descriptions, see Dr. Kelly's entry in the WVC Global Citizenship blog. Dr. Kelly writes this about the GC Seminar in 2017: 

Throughout the conference students debated a number of issues specific to the refugee crisis happening not just from Syria but nations in turmoil around the world. Is the Travel Ban imposed by the Trump administration based on national security? Race? Religion? What are the myths regarding illegal immigration into the U.S.? Students were asked a question, asked to take a stance, and to defend it.

So what’s the point of sending students to Austria to debate issues of race/ethnicity, class, and gender that they no doubt discuss in many classes at West Valley College? The difference is in the location and nationality of the speakers. The conference presenters are mostly European. They provide an “outsider’s” perspective that our students simply are not going to get in an American classroom. When a European scholar in American history gives a presentation on how countries around the world view the United States, that has resonance with students when they are hearing it outside of America.

Tim Kelly Dr. Tim Kelly

Dr. Tim Kelly is a Political Science and U.S./California History Instructor at West Valley College. He received a Master’s Degree in United States Studies (Politics and Foreign Policy) at the University of London, and a Ph.D. in History (U.S. Foreign Relations and Asian American History) at UC Irvine. He was a Rotary Scholar to Great Britain and a participant in the White House Internship program in the Office of Political Affairs during the Clinton Administration. Dr. Kelly is a longstanding member of the West Valley College Academic Senate, and serves on numerous committees, including the Study Abroad Program Advisory Council, the AA degree in Cultural and Global Studies, and the Global Citizenship Committee. Whether inside or outside the classroom, he is committed to fostering international understanding and to making the world a better place for all.

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