DMACC Study Abroad Students in front of Big Ben  

​Spring 2020 DMACC semester in London

  • Scholarships available​
  • Financial aid is available
  • Send program and scholarship applications to Professor Lauren Rice lrrice@dmacc.edu

Attend one of these information sessions and learn more about studying abroad:

  • Ankeny Campus 
    • Thursday March 28, 3:30-4:30 Bldg 2 Room 10
    • Wednesday April 10, 12:15-12:45 Bldg 2 Room 10​
  • Boone Campus​
    • Wednesday April 17, 12:15-12:45 Room 152
  • Carroll Campus 
    • Monday April 8, 12:15-12:45
  • Newton Campus
    • Wednesday March 13, 12:15-12:45 Room 110B​
  • Urban Campus 
    • Monday April 15, 12:15-12:45 Bldg 1 Room 107​
  • West Campus
    • Monday March 11, 12:15-12:45​ Room 118E


Lauren Rice lrrice@dmacc.edu

Study Abroad Q & A

What are some of the advantages of studying abroad at DMACC?
We have a 10 week program that consists of spending two weeks at Ankeny Campus and then 8 weeks in London, so since the program is compact it's much less expensive than a four year school. 

What does studying abroad do for a student?
It changes the way they understand themselves and the world. Suddenly they see broader horizons and abilities in themselves. It also looks great on a transcript and résumé because employers see that you've challenged yourself and developed cultural competency.​

How do students acclimate to London?
When students arrive in London the first full day, they make their way on the tube down to where they take their classes. Along the way, they tour the city with a guide, seeing major sites like Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Millennium Bridge, the Globe Theatre, and more. This allows them to familiarize themselves with the area so they know where to go when they start classes the day after.

Can students go into other countries while they're there? 
Absolutely. One thing students love about studying abroad is the four-day week of classes, allowing them a three-day weekend to travel. Students can get on the Eurostar and be in Paris in three hours, fly to Europe for a weekend excursion, or travel all over England. 

What are the classes abroad like?
Typically the classes are humanities, literature, and writing taught by an English instructor. The compact, ten-week courses are often overlapping, and project-based, so instead of sitting in a classroom and getting a lecture, students are taking their classmates on a trip and maybe doing a presentation in the Sky Garden or going to a cathedral. This experiential learning allows history to come alive because it's all around.​

What feedback to students have after studying abroad?
They enjoy it and wish they had more time abroad. The experience is so enriching that often students find that it takes time to realize how it shaped them. Many find themselves looking for more opportunities. 

Who should study abroad?
Liberal Arts students are the best fit, but often we can find ways to make it work if students in other programs have electives. Because we send an English instructor, sometimes we can't accomodate students in specific programs, like nursing. 

What do the instructors like about going with the students?
They like seeing students making connections with things. Studying abroad is challenging for students because they're out of their comfort zones and away from their families, so to see them put themselves out there like that is inspiring to instructors because they're changing their lives, improving themselves, and seeing the big picture. 

How can a student apply?
The first step is to explore this study abroad website. When you have questions or are ready to connect with staff, email Lauren Rice at lrrice@dmacc.edu​. She'll help you with next steps like getting connected with an academic advisor and Financial Aid. Many students are intimidated by the price, but we can work with scholarships and other ways to help with funding. ​


DMACC Scholarship Opportunities Available