Students who study abroad gain a unique perspective on the world they carry for the rest of their lives.

Study Abroad

Sierra Nevada College encourages all students to include studying and living abroad in their undergraduate experience.

Immersion in another culture helps develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes which foster success in our global society, and leads to profound academic, personal, and professional growth.


Study Abroad Options

The USAC/SNC Specialty Program

This simple and economical program gives SNC students the opportunity to study abroad at one of 25 universities in 15 countries while remaining enrolled at SNC throughout the program’s duration. All courses completed under this program are applied directly to the student’s SNC transcript – no need to transfer units from one university or college to another. Contact Chris Anderson for details.

USAC/SNC Partnership Programs

USAC currently has over 45 study abroad programs in which a student enrolls directly at the foreign university, with locations in 26 countries. There are traditional semester and year long programs, and 3 – 6 week programs during the summer and in January. Contact Chris Anderson for details.

Customized Programs

Students who have connections to a specific location, friends, or family abroad can design custom programs. Chris Anderson can help you design a program.

Prepare Before You Go

Study-Abroad-Preparation-Culturally-Confident-American-Ambassadors-420ELEC 111 Global Academics and Culture is a self paced online university class for undergraduate students. Prepare for your experience abroad by understanding the cultural and academic differences – and similarities – between your home and host cultures. Develop accurate expectations to ease your transition, and learn communication, networking, and small talk skills to succeed in your new country.

Qualifying students can receive a special scholarship for this class. Email canderson@sierranevada.edu for details.


SNC Travel Courses

Students combine cultural immersion and academic credit, often with a service learning component, in courses taught by SNC Tahoe faculty. Recent destinations include South Africa, Japan, and Arctic Village Alaska, bordering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Contact Chris Anderson for more information.


Ask A Question

Christopher Anderson Assistant Professor; International Programs and ELL Coordinator

Phone: 775-831-1314 x7555

Plan Ahead

IMPORTANT! Students interested in studying abroad must meet with the following early in the semester before they hope to go abroad:

  • The International Programs Coordinator
  • Their Academic Advisor
  • The Director of Academic Support Services
  • The Director of Financial Aid
  • The Assistant Registrar
Study Abroad Policies

Students must be accepted into the Study Abroad Program by both Sierra Nevada College and USAC. It is the student’s responsibility to fill out the appropriate forms and gather all necessary signatures.

For appropriate study abroad programs, students must fill out Transfer Credit Approval forms which are approved by the Registrar before leaving SNC, to ensure credits taken abroad will transfer back to SNC. The Transfer Credit Prior Approval form is available on the FORMS page.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide Sierra Nevada College with an official transcript for any courses they wish to receive credit. SNC- approved international credential evaluations are available for a fee from WES (World Education Services) at www.wes.org. Students will only receive credit for courses in which they receive a C or above; a student will not receive credit for a grade of C- or below.

Students must meet with Financial Aid in advance to discuss the impact of study abroad on their loan and scholarship packages, and to complete a consortium agreement with the sponsoring institution.

SNC student health insurance is not valid for students who are not enrolled in SNC courses.

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