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Education Abroad

Explore the World of Learning Opportunities through WWU!

Studying abroad is one of the most challenging and exciting experiences that every Western Washington University student can benefit from. Students are able to acquire skills and knowledge that can impact lifelong career prospects as well as develop a better understanding of the world and one's own culture. WWU values diversity and encourages students to understand and participate in different cultures and diverse societies.

Western ABROAD Information Session Prezi - view this presentation to learn more about the world of learning opportunities through WWU! 

Western ABROAD Student Blogs - check out what other WWU students are experiencing abroad by viewing their blogs!

Video: 5 Easy Steps to Study Abroad:

  1. Explore your options through this website and the WWU Education Abroad (EdAbroad) Miller Hall 208 resource library.

  2. Review the Types of Programs available through WWU.  Narrow your options by defining your goals for studying abroad and identifying programs of interest to you.  Do you want to learn another language?  Do you currently speak another language?  Do you want to live in a home stay, on-campus or independently?  Do you want to be immersed in a culture and/or a language?  Consider the climate and other specifics of your host destination.  Your study abroad/exchange program courses may apply towards your major, minor or as electives towards graduation at WWU.  However, you do not have to be a declared major or minor prior to your study abroad or exchange program.

  3. Find out about costs.  Programs and exchanges vary in price.  If you have financial aid, your grants, scholarships and loans may be applied to approved study abroad programs through EdAbroad.  The only financial aid that does not apply are Tuition Waivers, Work Study, Western Grants and the Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE).  Guaranteed Education Tuition (GET) funds may be applied to Exchanges and some applicable programs. Scholarships are available through WWU & Education Abroad, affiliate programs and various other organizations. 

  4. Inform yourself by learning about the country or region where you wish to study.  Look through our resources and returning student evaluations for more information, talk to other students who have gone on study abroad/exchange and check out the web for more information. 

  5. Once you have decided on a program, apply to both the program and to WWU Education Abroad.  It is best to start the application process EARLY!  Deadlines vary depending on the program, start planning a year in advance in order to explore all of your options and to meet the deadlines.