Study Abroad

Ocean County College offers exciting Study Abroad opportunities to promote cross cultural understanding and awareness of global perspectives.  All OCC study abroad seminars are led by OCC faculty members and are open to students and the community.  Eligible OCC students may apply for a Study Abroad Scholarship through the OCC Foundation (see information below). 

Our superb international travel experiences include:

Travel In France 2016

Travel to France with OCC!

The Battlefields of Europe Travel Seminar (HIST 251) provides an incredible nine-day guided historical and cultural adventure throughout France and Luxembourg. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the two World Wars by visiting numerous “hot spots” (featuring D-Day beaches and memorials including Omaha and Utah Beach; Airborne Museum; and Coleville American Cemetery.) The trip will continue through Normandy with a guided tour of Mont. St. Michel, followed by three days in Paris, where participants will enjoy a cruise on the Seine and dinner in the Eiffel Tower, in addition to guided tours of the Louvre Museum; the Chateau of Versailles; and Montmartre.

The seminar will conclude in Luxembourg with stops at the Douaumont Ossuary in Verdun and the Bastogne War Museum.

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The travel portion of this seminar is scheduled over the OCC Winter Intersession; specifically January 4-14, 2016. Students can earn 3 credits in History/the Humanities. Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.

For information or an application, contact Robert Marchie, OCC Lecturer of History, at 732-255-0400 X2956, or

Registration Deadline: August 15, 2015.



Travel to London with OCC!

The Theatre in London Travel Seminar (THRE 296) provides an 11-day immersion into British Theater, including live performances in the city where modern theater was first established.  Participants will see ten or mor plays in London (at the West End, the Royal National, and the Fringe.)  They will also take backstage tours, and join talk-back sessions with actors, director, and playwrights; with ample free time in London for sight seeing, shopping, and museums. 

A day trip to Stratfor-Upon-Avon features a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company and an introduction to the landscape of William Shakespeare,

View the Theatre in London page.

The travel portion of this seminar is scheduled over OCC's Winter Break. Students can earn 3 credits in Humanities.  Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.

For information or an application, contact Gary Shaffer, OCC Professor of Communications, at 732-255-0400 X2296 or

Registration Deadline: September 2015

Rave Reviews from Past Participants:

"This trip is an incredible treat for theatre lovers."                              Carolyn Schuham, Boulder, CO

"This trip is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about every aspect of theater and have great fun while doing it."                                      Cyndee Gary, Toms River, NJ

"I have seldom had a more enjoyable time meeting and being with such a nice group of people."                                                                               Nick Suhr, Little Egg Harbor, NJ


Travel to Mexico with OCC!

The World of the Maya – Mexico Seminar (ANTH 239)
provides an eight-night guided archaeological, cultural, and ecological journey through the Maya world. Led by a Maya archaeologist, participants will explore magnificent ancient Maya ruins, living Maya villages, traditional markets, Spanish colonial towns, and wild flamingo and sea turtle sanctuaries. They will experience a blessing ceremony with an authentic Maya shaman, climb ancient Maya temples, and swim in sacred cenotes and the Caribbean Sea.

The travel portion of this seminar is scheduled over OCC’s Spring Break. Students can earn 3 credits in Anthropology/Social Science. Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.

For information or an application, contact Christine Kitchin, OCC Professor of Anthropology, at 732-255-0400 X2421, or at

Registration Deadline: January, 2016.

View the World of the Maya page.

Testimonials from Our Students:

“The World of the Maya travel seminar was actually a life-changing experience.  It introduced me to a culture and lifestyle that I barely knew existed.  It gave me a love for travel, and a particular love for history and culture, which I know I will continue to have for the rest of my life.”

Lisa M. Nyman
AA, OCC, 2012

“The World of the Maya Mexico Travel Seminar was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my college career thus far. I met some wonderful people and learned so much about the history of a lost civilization that I couldn't have learned by reading a book or sitting in a traditional classroom. It was the experience of a lifetime. I truly recommend everyone to take advantage of it.”

“Being able to learn in an unconventional way was so exciting. Walking along a sacbe, exploring caves, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Yucatan has left such a memorable impression on me. I truly benefited from the experience in a way I couldn't have done in a traditional classroom. I highly recommend The World of the Maya Mexico Travel Seminar.”

MarthaJean Rioux
AS, OCC, 2012  

Spend your summer in Wroxton, England with OCC!

Ocean County College students are invited to earn six undergraduate credits at Wroxton College, located in southern England, as visiting students of Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Students will live in a restored 17th-century manor house in the rural heart of England while participating in a superb academic program and enjoying a completely integrated, four-week study-abroad experience. The Wroxton Experience provides a sample of the best of Britain—traditional university living within a country village setting, with access to major cultural centers and historic sites. Students will have the opportunity to visit London, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Bath, Salisbury, Stonehenge, and more.

All participants will take two courses—in the Humanities and/or Social Sciences— and earn 6 undergraduate credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University, which can be transferred back to OCC.

This seminar is scheduled over OCC’s Summer Session I.

For information or an application, contact Dr. Marilyn Kralik, OCC Study Abroad Coordinator, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2276, or

Registration Deadline: March 2016


Travel to the Middle East/North Africa with OCC!

The Study Abroad in MENA (Middle East/North Africa Region) Travel Seminar (HUM 251) provides an unforgettable immersion into the cosmopolitan culture of a highly westernized, Muslim majority nation. Students will live and eat most meals with host families, experiencing Islamic culture from the inside. They will attend daily Arabic/Hebrew Language lessons as well as lectures on topics relating to immigration, human rights, women’s rights, minority rights, and issues of Muslim/Jewish identity. There will be guided tours of major cities; musical performances and art exhibitions; visits to mosques, synagogues, and museums; and special lunches at excellent pre-selected restaurants as well as a “weekly souk” activity.

This seminar is offered with support from a US Department of Education Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program Grant.

The travel portion of this seminar is scheduled over OCC’s Summer Session I. Students will earn four credits and participate in a course (Morocco: Language and Culture) that meets both Humanities and Diversity requirements, and relates to the Middle Eastern Studies Certificate program that has been established at OCC.  Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis. 

For information or an application, contact Dr. Maysa Hayward, Dean of Instructional Outreach, at 732-255-0400 X2176, or

Registration Deadline: March 2016.

Travel to Spain with OCC!

SPA 279: Spanish Language, Culture, History & People provides an incredible eighteen-day cultural immersion into Spanish Society.  Living with a Spanish family, OCC students will participate in daily coursework at the University of Granada while enveloped in the Moorish-influenced history, culture, and gastronomy of Andalucia.  Cultural visits will include both the sties associated with the Muslim foundatios of Granada and those of the Christian Reconquista.  Participants will have the opportunity to enjoy excursions to nearby cities and villages --Malaga, Almeria, Cordoba, and Nerja -- as well as ecological and cultural expedeitions (including hiking, dinners, tapas tours, and flamenco lessons.)

The travel portion of this seminar is scheduled over OCC's Summer Session I & II.  Students can earn 3 credits in Humanities.  Members of the community are welcome to participate on a non-credit basis.

For information or an application, contact Candice Bland, OCC Adjunct Instructor of Spanish, at; or Marilyn Kralik at  732-255-0400 X2276

Registration Deadline: April 2016

Further travels with OCC!

At this time, we are actively investigating possible new Study Abroad adventures for our students—experiencing History in Greece; Art in Italy; Politics in Cuba…

If you are interested in any of the above possibilities, or have other suggestions and itineraries in mind, please contact Dr. Marilyn Kralik, OCC Study Abroad Coordinator, at 732-255-0400, ext. 2276, or


Community Colleges for International Development (CCID)

Ocean County College is a proud member of Community Colleges for International Development.  CCID provides an international network for community colleges to further their internationalization initiatives and to enhance the development of a globally competent workforce for the communities they serve.

CCID also offers study abroad opportunities through its Troika program.  These short-term, faculty-led travel opportunities take students around the globe to study global business, culture, science, economics, healthcare and more.  Students earn college credits while experiencing a trip of a lifetime!

For more information about CCID, please visit

Scholarships For Study Abroad

OCC Foundation Scholarships:  The OCC Foundation frequently offers partial scholarships for full-time OCC students to participate in OCC-sponsored travel seminars and study abroad experiences.  Students should contact the professor leading the travel seminar for information on OCC Foundation scholarships available for that particular study abroad trip.

Outside Programs & Scholarships:  The US State Department lists study abroad programs and scholarship opportunities at