Program Overview

​​Semester Abroad in England and International Travel/Study Courses

DMACC Spring Semester in England

DMACC offers students an opportunity to take selected classes during the Spring semester London Study Abroad Program. Students enjoy 8 weeks—yes, 8 weeks!—in London studying with a DMACC professor.

The program is a regular DMACC Spring semester compressed into 10 weeks. Students will start taking classes at the beginning of February at the Ankeny Campus and then in mid February will travel to London to spend 8 weeks living with British families while continuing with their DMACC program.

In the past, students have taken classes in composition, speech, history, literature, and the humanities,​ but specific course offerings are announced once the lead professor is selected. Additionally, British professors and scholars at the University of London offer "British Life and Culture," an essential lecture and fieldtrip series, covering such topics as the Monarchy and the Royal Family, World War II and the Blitz, and the History of London.

Classes are held at the University of London in the center of the city. In addition to lectures and class discussions, students tour museums, visit historic places, and attend live theatre performances in London and the surrounding area. For a real sense of living in London, students reside with British families.

Students enroll for twelve DMACC credits, which may include some independent study, one online course, and internships. Financial aid is available for study abroad. Program arrangements are made in conjunction with the American Institute for Foreign Study, specializing in study abroad programs for colleges and universities, which has an office in London. Join us for a life-changing experience!


Bethany Sweeney
Study Abroad Coordinator

Des Moines Area Community College
Carroll Campus, Room 170
906 North Grant Rd.
Carroll, IA 51401
Phone 862-354-3117
Maria Cochran
Ankeny Contact Person

Des Moines Area Community College
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard
Ankeny, IA 50023-8995
Building 2; Room 5BB
Phone 515.964.6482

​International Travel/Study Courses

DMACC faculty in a range of disciplines have traveled extensively, lived, or studied in countries around the globe. Wishing to share their interest in and expertise of a particular country or region of the world, these faculty members arrange international travel and travel/study opportunities for students.

Since the tours are educational travel, students may receive academic credit on designated trips. These international travel/study programs permit students to spend one or two weeks exploring a country, with additional time spent back home to read, write, and reflect about the country they have experienced. Most travel/ study courses are independent study credits issued under a GLOS (global studies) acronym.

For information on the international travel/study courses, please contact Maura Nelson, Global Education Chair, at 515-965-7032 or email