gilman scholarThe U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad. The program is committed to reshaping study abroad to make it more accessible and inclusive for students who, due to financial constraints, might not otherwise participate. Its goal is to increase opportunities to live and learn abroad to build mutual intercultural understanding between students and their host communities.

The SMCCCD Study Abroad Program at Skyline College is committed to making high-impact practices like study abroad and global internships accessible for all students who wish to participate. In 2017-2018, Skyline College was ranked as the #1 community college in California and #3 community college nationwide for Gilman Scholar recipients.

This month, the Study Abroad Program launched a new advising appointment software, shared by the Skyline College Passport Acceptance Facility, which allows students to schedule one-on-one advising sessions with a study abroad advisor. Over the last several weeks alone, the Study Abroad team has met with nearly 50 students who are in the process of completing study abroad scholarship applications. The next deadline for the Gilman Scholarship Program is Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 9:59 pm PST.

SMCCCD Study Abroad is the district-wide study abroad program housed in the Global Learning Programs and Services Division at Skyline College. For more information about studying or interning abroad, faculty teach abroad opportunities, community travel for lifelong learners, visiting international faculty presenters and student scholarship opportunities, please contact Zaid Ghori at or (650) 738-7088 or Stephanie Wells at You can also learn more by visiting the SMCCD Study Abroad Facebook page or Instagram page @smcccd_study_abroad.

Article by Hein San and Stephanie Wells

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