Using Student Fees to Support Education Abroad

  • Michael Giammarella
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


In 1989, the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) developed an innovative initiative that provides student scholarships for short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs through funds generated by student activity fees. The initiative, the first of its kind in The City University of New York (CUNY), and for any US community college, was done in accordance with the university’s by-laws. However, given the peripheral status of education abroad programs, very few community colleges have repeated this effort. The life-altering benefit of education abroad is well documented and is the cornerstone for many community college internationalization efforts (Raby 2008). The following pages document the process at BMCC to facilitate the implementation of a similar program at other colleges and universities.


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  1. Giammarella, Michael. 2005. “Financing Community College Education Abroad: Best Practices.” Paper presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, May 29 to June 3, 2005.Google Scholar
  2. Raby, Rosalind Latiner. 2008. IIE Study Abroad White Paper Series Issue Number 3: Expanding Education Abroad at U.S. Community Colleges. New York: Institute for International Education.Google Scholar

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© Stewart E. Sutin, Daniel Derrico, Rosalind Latiner Raby, and Edward J. Valeau 2011

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