Global Engagement

SCC encourages its students to be GLOBAL LEARNERS to help prepare them for successful participation in our interconnected, global community. Thinking critically and learning about other cultures is accomplished by such things as infusing global learning in our classrooms, participating in International Education Week each November, collaborating on the annual Genocide Awareness Week in April and World Hunger Fairs in December and April, and providing faculty professional development through the Maricopa Office of International and Intercultural Education.

We invite you to explore the programs and resources we offer to students, faculty, and community partners listed below.

Community College Initiative Program

SCC is proud to host each year a cohort of international students who are part of the Community College Initiative (CCI) Program. This program has proven to strengthen our college in the global learning of our students and staff and has resulted in tremendous benefits for our community as well.

The CCI program is a U.S. Department of State-sponsored program that provides participants from underserved areas and underrepresented groups with a one-year, non-degree academic program at a U.S. community college. The program is designed to build participants’ technical skills in applied fields, enhance their leadership capabilities and strengthen their English language proficiency. The program also provides opportunities for professional internships, service learning, and cultural exchange through community engagement activities. CCI exchange participants contribute to their U.S. host communities by helping U.S. community colleges internationalize their campuses.

After completing the program, participants return home with a deeper understanding of U.S. culture and new skills to help them contribute to the growth and development of their countries. The CCI Program is administered by Northern Virginia Community College on behalf of the Community College Consortium, of which Scottsdale Community College, through the Center for Civic & Global Engagement, is a partner institution.

International Students

SCC welcomes students from all over the world! Learn more about how to be admitted to our college as an International Student.

Maricopa Global Leadership Retreat

Every fall semester, SCC students participate in the Maricopa Global Leadership Retreat, bringing together nearly 100 American and international students for a weekend of developing global leadership skills -- all while learning about other cultures! Download the flyer and application now!

Study Abroad 

Want to study abroad and obtain Maricopa credit? Learn more by picking up a current Maricopa Community Colleges Student Study Abroad Program Catalog in the Center for Civic & Global Engagement or checking out Maricopa’s Study Abroad website for helpful planning information. Further questions? Explore the idea of studying abroad by making an appointment with Jen Sydow and Go Travel the World!