Study abroad is one of the options for Global Scholars, but it can be very broadly defined - a short trip alone or with other students, or a full semester or year at a foreign university. However, you must earn academic credit. Some programs have specific courses attached to them; in cases where there is no course, you can use Sinclair's HUM 2236, International Studies. Here is the brief course description:
Under the supervision of Sinclair faculty, students visit another country, and work on study and/or service learning activities related to specific academic majors or topics.
Some of the costs/benefits are discussed in this piece which is an interview with an academic who wrote a piece in the Chronicle for Higher Education: