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The office of Global Opportunities works directly with Rockland Community College students, faculty, and staff to internationalize the college experience. Go global with faculty-led trips, study abroad, virtual exchange, campus events, and practical work experiences.

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International Scholar Services

International Scholar Services (ISS) is proud to support students from around the world! The ISS Team is dedicated to RCC’s international students and provides a variety of academic and non-academic resources, including advisement, advocacy, educational workshops, support for practical training experiences, assistance maintaining your status, and more. RCC embraces and celebrates diversity, and the ISS Team can connect you with groups and provide opportunities for you to immerse yourself in the College’s culture.

We encourage you to visit the International Student Lounge, located in Academic II, Room 2303, where you can seek advisement, browse resources and meet other students.

Need assistance or to reach out to the ISS Team?
Book an Appointment with ISS
Complete the International Scholar Services Form

Your campus Designates School Officials are:
Dana Caponong
Principal Designated School Official (PDSO)
Coordinator of International Scholars and Global Opportunities
[email protected]
Academic II Room 2303

Additional Resources for International Students
International Admissions Page

If you need assistance in another language, please visit our International Language Resource page to find contact information for employees who speak different languages and can help direct you.

Resources from Student and Exchange Visitor Program

Study Abroad

Explore the world with RCC!

Study Abroad and Academic Travel opportunities at RCC provide students with a variety of long-lasting benefits. Students who participate develop their cross-cultural communications skills and can focus on academics and the real-life experiences that make education relevant. These opportunities help students to build their resumes and earn higher starting salaries, all while seeing the world!

RCC Academic Travel courses are generally offered during spring and summer sessions and involve a travel period of up to two weeks. Qualified students may use financial aid to pay for these courses, and those not interested in receiving college credit may still attend in a non-credit format with a low administrative fee.

Generally, the courses will include some on-campus or virtual classes before and/or after travel. Students enrolled for credit will be mandated to meet all of the course requirements. Courses are also open to adult members of the community.

RCC supports traditional semester-length Study Abroad. Credit will be given to students who participate in accredited study abroad programs offered by other institutions with prior approval. Information on additional SUNY study abroad options can be found on the SUNY Study Abroad website.

Permission to study abroad through another institution

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Connect with RCC GO Today!

Complete the Study Abroad Interest Form to stay in the loop!

Learn more about the Cambridge University Program.

Upcoming Opportunities

British and American Courts

May 15 – 24, 2024 
Get ready to embark on an exhilarating journey through the thrilling world of British and American Courts at RCC’s Criminal Justice department! Spring 2024 brings you an extraordinary opportunity to delve into the similarities and differences our judicial systems have to offer. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience as we unravel the secrets of the British Court system and compare it to the legendary US Court system, spanning from the mighty Magistrate to the awe-inspiring Crown Courts. Study Abroad in Summer 2024 to see:

  • Big Ben, an iconic London bell at the Palace of Westminster
  • Houses of Parliament, home to England’s governing body
  • Piccadilly Circus, a five-way intersection
  • St. Paul’s Cathedral, a domed church which has hosted many royal events
  • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity. Contact Patricia Szobonya at [email protected] to learn more!


Art in Barcelona

March 10 – 17, 2024 (Spring Break)
Art in Barcelona includes visits to the La Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter, Miro Museum, Picasso Museum, The Cathedral of Barcelona, Park Guell, MNAC Fine Arts Museum, Casa Batilo, WT Ciutadella Park, Las Rambla, Flamenco workshop and more.

Gain the learning experience of a lifetime

  • Earn 3 Humanities credits
  • Begins online (Flex I course) and culminates with a final week in Barcelona over Spring Break
  • Open to the public and can be taken on a non-credit basis
  • All course and trip content provided in English
  • Limited spaces, enroll soon! Must be 18 or older
  • Financial aid available for eligible students and may be applied to Spring semester fees.
  • RCC registration fee not included in the cost
  • Led by dedicated and experienced RCC faculty
  • Costs start at $2,075, will be based on number of students traveling (Airfare not included. Group rate will be available.)

What’s Included

  • Accommodations
  • Regional-style meals
  • Guided sightseeing
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Expert local guides
  • Transportation
  • Entrance fees
  • Worldwide Health Insurance

Learn More

To schedule an appointment to register or for more information about registration, contact Dana Caponong at [email protected] or 845-574-4350.

If you would like more information about the course and itinerary you can email [email protected]

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Clubs and Organizations

Global Opportunities Events

Contact Information

Dana Caponong
Coordinator of International Scholars and Global Opportunities
[email protected]
Academic II, Room 2303