For students majoring in a foreign language or an international field, the answer to this question is evident. For other students, it may not be as clear. Studying abroad provides the opportunity to learn from another perspective. While broadening one's education one also achieves personal growth, increased self-reliance, and appreciation for different cultures as well as one's own. View the Student Learning Outcomes for Study Abroad.
site. Western students who find another accredited study abroad opportunity not currently offered by WWU, may work with the Education Abroad (EdAbroad) office to receive approval. There are many factors to take into consideration such as type of program, location, and coursework to name just a few. In order to help with the process, EdAbroad has compiled a list of questions for you to consider when reviewing the program options, check out Things to Consider.
Education Tuition (GET) funds may be applied to Exchanges and some applicable programs. Scholarships are available through WWU & EdAbroad, affiliate programs and various other organizations. Western students can also consider programs such as Global Learning Faculty-led, the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) and WWU Direct Exchanges, which do not cost much more than remaining at WWU. There are also work abroad programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities that may provide affordable options, check out our Cost Effective Programs document for a list of opportunities. Study abroad programs such as the School for International Training (SIT) and the School for Field Studies match student's Federal Pell Grant funding when participating in their programs.
Tips for Students on Financial Aid
Departmental Academic Advising Form assists you, the academic department and the EdAbroad staff in understanding how the credits will be applied to your WWU degree upon completion of study abroad. Please read and follow the instructions on the form. You may need to provide a course description, syllabus, reading list, and/or the host college catalog. See your departmental advisor for information.
online or distance learning course while studying abroad. Students should consider the following factors when contemplating registering for additional coursework:
- Is the additional course work term-based or self-paced? Term-based online courses require internet access and weekly interaction amongst instructors and students. Self-paced Independent Learning courses are available online through Canvas but do not require online interaction. Sometimes students need to arrange for exam proctors while abroad which could result in additional fees for the student.
- There may be additional tuition costs of registering for a main campus or online course.
- Can you verify that the host destination has the appropriate infrastructure to support the student taking additional coursework, i.e. consistent online access, Wi-Fi, time differences?
- Be realistic about the necessary time-commitment of additional coursework in the context of study abroad. Will you be able to get the most out of your study abroad experience if you have committed to additional coursework requirements?
- Full time WWU students for at least one quarter prior to departure. For example, if you plan to study abroad fall quarter, then you need to have been enrolled full time during the prior spring quarter.
- In good academic standing with at least a 2.5 GPA or above.
- Have sophomore status by the beginning of the program (excluding running start).
Program handouts, catalogs and informational brochures are available in the Education Abroad office, located in Miller Hall 208. You can phone us at (360) 650-3298 or e-mail us at EdAbroad@wwu.edu. Most program applications are available on-line through this website.
Travel Resources page.
Some other helpful travel abroad resources include: