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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 Belize 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.

2019-20 Programs


    Download the 2019-20 brochure here


    Sustainability Across Borders

    Don’t have plans for spring break? Join Chemeketa’s team to Belize this school year! Expect a rewarding program that mixes study, service, and travel. Students will spend winter term studying International Development. While in Belize students will do Environmental and cultural conservation related service projects in the local villages with TIDE.

    The Belize based humanitarian agency TIDE focuses on cultural & environmental conservation and has built strong community ties that have endured over many years. Expect to build relationships with the locals while planting trees in the tropical forest, learning about Maya culture and exploring Belize.


    The total cost of the program is $2,300*, which includes deposit, tuition, air, lodging, meals, project fees, insurance and bus transportation.

    *Cost subject to change depending on airfare.


    Applications are now open for the 2019-20 school year 

    Important dates-

    Application Deadline: November 22, 2019
    Deposit Deadline: December 9, 2019
    Orientation Date: December 13, 2019
    Travel dates: Spring Break, March 19 - March 29, 2020


    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 $2,300*, which includes tuition, air, lodging, most meals, project fees, and insurance.

    *Cost is subject to change depending on airfare.


    Fill out the application 2019-20 Service Learning Application

    Application Deadline: March 2, 2020
    Deposit Deadline: March 9, 2020
    Orientation: March 13, 2020
    Travel dates: June 11-21, 2020 



    Otemae University Exchange: Japanese Language and Culture

    Download the brochure here

    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
    • Should be in the Second year of Japanese classes
    • 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.


    Applications are open for the 2019-20 year

    Important dates-

    Application Deadline: November 25, 2019
    Interviews: December 4, 2019
    Orientation: December 12, 2019
    Travel dates: March 23 - July TBD, 2020

  • Chemeketa students at Monte Alban ruins

  • Tiny international flags decorate a table