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:

Morocco Flyer

Study Abroad in Morocco: Part of HUMN-251-DL

Learn Arabic, visit the Middle East, and earn four college credits!  This summer Ocean County College, with support from a U.S. Department of Education Under-graduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant, will offer a Study Abroad in MoroccoSummer 5 weeks.  Open to the community. 

This exciting program starts with a weeklong online orientation and introduction the language and culture of North Africa/Middle East.  Then participants will fly to Morocco for an immersion program in language, culture, and history with three weeks of living and learning.  Upon their return, participants will engage in a weeklong online conclusion to the course, which will be a time to reflect and share what they gained from the experience.

While in Morocco, participants will:

  • Live with a host family. Moroccans are noted for their exceptional warmth and hospitality. Living and eating with a host family will allow participants to experience the culture of North Africa from the inside.
  • Engage in language instruction, from beginner to intermediate, which will provide a head-start in learning Arabic or improve established skills.
  • Participate in field trips to local cultural institutions, art exhibits, musical performances, historical sites, and nearby cities, including Casablanca and Fez.
  • Relax on beautiful beaches, dine at excellent restaurants, or take in the nightlife.

About the Program: The abroad part of the program is arranged by AMIDEAST (America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc.), the leading U.S. organization for education and research in the Middle East with over 50 years of experience in arranging study-abroad opportunities for U.S. students.

Participation: Students and community members are welcome to attend.  Ocean County College faculty and administrators will participate as advisors and facilitators to ensure each participant’s experience is exciting and beneficial.

College Credit: This is a four-credit course. Students from other colleges and universities, planning to transfer these credits, must receive prior approval from their home school.

To learn more, an Information Session on the Study Abroad in Morocco program will be held on Monday Feb. 8th at 11:00am, Bartlet 203 and Tuesday Feb. 23rd at 5:00pm, Bartlet 203. Ocean County College Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Interested individuals may also contact:

Dr. Maysa Hayward, Dean of Instructional Outreach, at or 732-255-0400 ext. 2176.

Maria Potter, e-Learning & Middle Eastern Studies, at or 732-255-0400 ext. 2495.

Pre-Trip Orientations:

  • May 9th at 5:00pm, Bartlet 203
  • June 17th at 4:00pm, Gateway 401 (tentative)
  • July 7th at 11:00am, Bartlet 203.

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