study abroad students pose for pictureThe San Mateo County Community College District Study Abroad Program, housed at Skyline College, participated in the Northern California Study Abroad Consortium (NCSAC) to send a total of 31 students to London, England of which four students were from Cañada College, sixteen students from College of San Mateo and ten students from Skyline College.  This is the highest participation in two decades of the program and more than double the number of students who studied in Barcelona, Spain in fall 2015.

The total cohort of 108 students in the NCSAC departs for London on September 8, 2016 for a semester-long study abroad program and returns back stateside December 9, 2016. A pre-departure orientation was held for all students and had over 200 students and their families in attendance on August 6, 2016 at Skyline College.

Cañada College Instructor Salumeh Eslamieh from the Humanities/Social Sciences Division will teach four courses in London. Other participating districts in the NCSAC include Contra Costa Community College District, Los Rios Community College District and Sonoma County Community College District. The program is offered in partnership with service provider American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS). San Mateo County Community College District has participated in the consortium since 1986.

For more information on the Study Abroad Program, please visit the district-wide website or contact Zaid Ghori at

Article by Zaid Ghori | Photo by Emma Briones