The Education Abroad office is partnering with our study abroad providers, support offices, and departmental academic advisors to offer sessions highlighting resources, opportunities, and programs for students and faculty. This conference will feature some of the opportunities WWU students and faculty have to participate in education abroad, and resources available to help facilitate their international experience.
There will be a mix of live and recorded events, review the full schedule below. Be sure to register in advance for live sessions that require registration and be prepared to show your WWU COVID Pass for entry. All times listed in Pacific Time (PST).
Check back often as more events are scheduled. Many events will be recorded and available through this website after the conference.
Prepare with a Western Abroad 101 Information Session
Start with a virtual or in-person Western Abroad 101 Information Session to learn everything you need to know about education abroad through WWU!
Sign up to Learn More!
Complete the webform so you receive updates about international opportunities and follow-up from WWU Education Abroad and program providers!
Live Sessions: Join us for Live/In-Person Interactive Sessions!
Western Abroad 101 Information Session
12 pm | Miller Hall 112
Join EdAbroad advisor Hannah Nevitt for a in-person information session about all education abroad opportunities, scholarships, and travel in a COVID world! This session is appropriate for students, faculty, and staff and will cover all types of education abroad, how to find and fund an education abroad experience.
International Exchanges Info Session
GoinGlobal Training for International Jobs and Internships
1 pm | Register for GoinGlobal
Interested in finding a job or internship across town or around the world?
- Learn how to connect your career objectives with hiring opportunities by identifying key employers and industry contacts for informational interviews and professional networking.
- Get a realistic understanding of work permit and visa requirements, financial considerations and other prime factors critical to career success in a new location.
- Identify American employers seeking to hire international professionals for their U.S. operations through H-1B visa petitions - and learn how to connect this information to current job opportunities.
'Ask Me Anything' Study Abroad Alumni Panel
4 pm | Join Alumni Panel via Zoom
Connect with recent WWU participants of study abroad to hear what it was really like to travel, study, and intern abroad during the pandemic. Join this virtual event to get your questions answered from recent study abroad alumni!
Happier Together - with Jon Yates
11 am | Register for Happier Together
At this event, author Jon Yates will share important findings about how we have become so divided, but also why it’s vital we find ways to connect with people who are different to ourselves. Jon will explain how division makes us all worse off and how spending more time with people who are not like us can help our society become more tolerant and understanding. Jon will explain how the post-pandemic world is an opportunity to start a new set of conversations. We have the opportunity to decide what sort of society we want to live in and how we can build that together, in a way that works for everyone. We can be stronger - and happier - together.
Western Abroad 101 Info Session
12 pm | Miller Hall 114
Join EdAbroad advisor Dan Lindeman for a in-person information session about all education abroad opportunities, scholarships, and travel in a COVID world! This session is appropriate for students, faculty, and staff and will cover all types of education abroad, how to find and fund an education abroad experience.
Virtual Western Abroad 101 Info Session
3 pm | Register for Passport Party
Having a valid passport is one of the first steps in planning your international experience. Join EdAbroad advisors and CEA Study Abroad for a fun virtual event where you will receive information and assistance on applying or renewing a U.S. passport.
All participants who register will receive an application fee waiver for a future CEA program and one lucky winner will receive the full cost of a new passport!
Get to Know AIFS Abroad Global Education Centers
National Student Exchange Info Session
11 am | Miller Hall 154
Did you know that you can study abroad domestically?! In this 45 minute session, learn about your options to study at another institution in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, & U.S. Virgin Islands through the National Student Exchange!
Putin on the Blitz? A Wary Look at Today's Russia
1:30 - 3 pm | Join Putin on the Blitz Zoom, Meeting ID: 875 1695 4978. Passcode: 284005
David Fenner, affiliate faculty member at the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies will explore the current state of the Russian Federation from several angles: historical, economic, political, social and geopolitical. What factors – and what deft maneuverings - explain President Vladimir Putin’s extraordinary longevity in office? How did the failure of their “Afghanistan campaign” in the 1980s set the stage for the collapse of the Soviet Union, the spread of militant nationalism and the rise of (yet another) authoritarian Russian ruler? How much of a threat is Putin to Russia’s “near-abroad”? And finally, how might the West respond.
Webinar: I want to go abroad...in the summer!
3:30 pm | Register for API Summer
Interested in spending a summer abroad or a short-term program with API? Join us for an information session where we’ll cover the ins and outs of our summer and short-term programs.
One lucky attendee will also be selected to win an application deposit waiver!
Wildlands Studies Information Session
Experience the planet and learn how to help save it.
Explore domestic and international study abroad programs with Wildlands Studies where you can have a life changing experience and earn up to 15 College of the Environment credits!
Also check out the NEW Wildlands Studies Digital Brochure!
Advice from Alumni: Black Students Abroad
WWU partner, ISA invited recent study abroad alumni to join a panel discussion and share their personal experiences abroad as black students. We'll chat with them about challenges they faced before and while abroad, how they navigated their identity abroad, resources that helped them along the way, and how their experience has impacted their educational and professional journeys.
Identity & Diversity Abroad Resources
The WWU Education Abroad office encourages all students to consider studying abroad and is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options. Studying abroad can present students with rewarding lifelong experiences that can challenge perceptions on identity. We tend to define ourselves based using different features of our personalities, backgrounds and physical appearances, often identifying with several groups to distinguish who we are.
As you explore your study abroad options, you will want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in the cultures you are spending time in. How you identify yourself in the U.S. may not be how you are identified abroad. As a student on a study abroad experience, you may first be identified as a U.S. American by people in your host country which may be different than how you identify yourself in the U.S.
We encourage students to think about the parts that make up their identity (e.g. sister, student, Asian American, Jewish, queer, etc.). Parts of your identity may be more easily observed by others (such as gender, skin color, age, etc.) while other parts of your identity are less observable, such as sister. How will you talk (or not talk) about those parts of your identity with people in the host country? To decide what is important to disclose to your host community, you may want to think about what parts of your identity might create barriers for your experience in the host culture. The host community socio-cultural context may present some challenges or rewards, but being knowledgeable beforehand equips you with the ability to better adjust in your new environment.
Recorded Sessions: Review at Your Own Pace
Black Student’s Guide to Global Programs
This guide is written for Black students based on real experiences of living, working, and studying abroad while Black. These are the things that you may not otherwise be told but that you will be glad to know. In addition, check out Experiencing Japan as a Black Woman, Navigating Spain as a Black Person, and Managing Black Hair Abroad blogs.
SFS: A Different Kind of Study Abroad Program
Learn Japanese in the Heart of Tokyo with KCP International
Studying Abroad in Nepal with Institute for Village Studies
USAC 101 - Study Abroad With USAC
Bring the classroom to life with Wildlands Studies
SFS: Find Your Study Abroad Experience!
USAC Virtual Internship - Alumni Q&A: The Benefits of a Virtual Internship
Virtual Global Internships: Access to Resume Builders!
An internship provides valuable work experience, exploration of a career path, development of skills, networking opportunities, fulfilling of degree requirements, and more! The Intern Group, ISA Global Remote Internships and Career Semester, SIT Study Abroad and AIFS Global Experiences highlight both in-person and virtual international internships in this recording.
5 Easy Ways to Be Eco-Friendly While Studying Abroad
SAI Viva Experience Ceramics Workshop
Tips For Packing Your LGBTQ+ Suitcase For Study Abroad
Semester at Sea Info Session
Amanda Gorman Shares Her Study Abroad Story
"It was so life-changing and phenomenal; I don’t think that I would be who I am today without that experience.”
- Amanda Gorman
Artist, activist, study abroad alum, and more. These are just a few of the many descriptors for the first-ever U.S. National Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, who spoke at the inauguration of President Joe Biden. In this video Amanda shines light on her study abroad experience.
Alumni Perspectives on the SIT Study Abroad Experience
View the Recorded Webinar (Password: Conversations2021)
Discover what life is like on SIT Study Abroad programs from those who know best—our alumni. SIT alumni who studied in Switzerland, Tanzania, and Mongolia, and with the comparative IHP: Food Systems program, share their experiences with culture shock, coursework, budgeting, homestays, and more. They also share how their unique backgrounds and identities shaped their experiences abroad.
WWU Visiting Scholar Korean Cooking Class
Watch Dohun Kwon, visiting scholar from South Korea as he teaches how to make this delicious Korean recipe!
Cooking Gnocchi from Italy
Cooking Class: “Upside Down” with SIT Jordan
What's it Like to Live in a Homestay When You Study Abroad?
SAI Study Abroad in Florence
Graduate School Abroad 101
Translating your Study Abroad into Careers with the U.S. Department of State
Are you interested in pursuing a career abroad and in support of U.S. Diplomacy? The U.S. Department of State represents U.S. interests around the world. The Department’s employees, with their skills, character, and commitment to public service, are the backbone of America’s diplomacy. Diplomat in Residence discusses variety of career and student opportunities and how you can serve your country by working in any one of more than 270 U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions overseas, or in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of State offers excellent careers, professional growth opportunities, and benefits, and seeks to recruit a diverse workforce to represent the United States.
Teach Abroad Opportunities and Benefits
Stephen Bush, CIEE’s Director of Teach Abroad and TEFL Programs discusses how you can gain international work experience and build transferrable skills by teaching English abroad.
SAI Study Abroad: Informational Video
API Internship Information Session
Virtual/Remote Internships with The Intern Group
API Information Session
Remote Internships with The Intern Group
How Can Study Abroad & Intern Abroad Programs Help Your Career?
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Abroad
Academic Advising Center: Meet with an Academic Advisor regularly to ensure good progress towards academic goals and to stay current on Western academic policies and opportunities.
Modern & Classical Languages (MCL): Students in MCL can increase their language proficiency and gain intercultural competence through travel, work, and study abroad. Students should consult with the coordinator of the appropriate language section to discuss transfer credit well in advance. Explore education abroad opportunities for language and linguistic studies on our MAP’s: Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Linguistics, Spanish.
Departmental Academic Advising Form for Study Abroad: Use this form to facilitate a conversation about credit transfer with your Major, Minor, and/or WWU Honors College department advisor.
Major Advising Pages (MAP's)
Explore programs based on your major, minor, area of study, and finances on our MAP's!
Global Learning Programs
Western’s faculty-led study abroad programs are called Global Learning Programs. Most programs average two to three weeks, but some are as short as one week and as long as a quarter. What makes these programs special is that you get to study your academic discipline in an applied way with your professor and a cohort of ten to 15 peers.
Upcoming Global Learning Programs:
- Berlin: City of Remembering and Forgetting, Spring 2022
- Community, Environment and Development in SE Asia, Spring 2022
- Literature, Migration, & Language in Ireland, Spring 2022
- Bahamas: Climate Action and The Island School, Summer 2022
- Canada - Summer in Montreal, Summer 2022
- US/Canada Field School, Salish Sea Biodiversity, Culture & Conservation, Summer 2022
- Honors in Ecuador, Summer 2022
- Applied Studies in Mediterranean Sustainable Development in Greece, Summer 2022
- Business and Food Cultures of Switzerland and Italy: Entrepreneurship, sustainability, and heritage in Tuscany, Summer 2022
- Guanajuato, Mexico: World Heritage City, Summer 2022
- International Business and Environmental Sustainability in Mexico, Summer 2022
- Peacebuilding, Sustainability & Development in Vietnam, Summer Quarter
- Biocultural Diversity in Nepal, Fall 2022
- Senegal, Winter 2023
- Dominican Republic, Culture, Language, and Public Health in the Caribbean, Winter 2023
Scholarships for Education Abroad
Do you know the #1 reason students are not awarded scholarships? It is because they don't apply! There are a wide variety of scholarships available to fund education abroad. Check out some of these amazing funding resources and apply by the deadlines!
Scholarships & Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Tips For Financing Study Abroad & the Gilman Scholarship by Kylund Prior
Study Abroad Without Breaking the Bank
My Time in Prague by Kyra Bruce
"I studied abroad in Prague, Czech Republic thanks to the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. The Gilman Scholarship is a federal grant program that helps lower-income students study abroad."
5 Tips for Applying for the Freeman Scholarship by Alicia Prokopenko
"The Freeman-Asia Scholarship encourages students with financial need to study abroad in East or Southeast Asia. Because of the generosity of this scholarship I was able to study abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand! It was the best school semester of my life. I have learned so much about Thai culture, cuisine and Thai language."
- Benjamin Gilman Scholarship
- Critical Language Scholarship
- Benjamin Gilman Critical Need Language Award
- Diversity Abroad Inclusive Ireland Scholarship
- Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship
- Freeman ASIA
- Fulbright UK Summer Institutes
- Fund for Education Abroad (FEA)
- NAFSA Tamara H. Bryant Memorial Scholarship
- Point Foundation (Point) The National LGBTQ Scholarship Fund
- Rainbow Scholarship
- The Diverse International Women Of Color Scholarship
- WWU Education Abroad Scholarships
WWU Student Shadia Amir Studied in Thailand funded by Scholarships
How to Find and Win Competitive Fellowships with Dr. Vicki Johnson
Making Study Abroad Affordable with USAC
How to Fund Your Study Abroad Experience
SIT Study Abroad & Critical Language Scholarships
EdAbroad Advisor Krista Mantello and SIT Study Abroad (School for International Training) University Relations Manager Shun Yanagishita discuss opportunities to study critical need languages abroad!
Connect with Student Alumni: Travel Writing Program
Traveling with Anxiety by Samantha Cook
Portugal: Mid-Program by Jeremy Caldeira
"Now that I have a routine here, I will describe my daily routine on a typical day. I will also reflect back on the goals I set for myself, and how those have been going lately. What has surprised me along the way? What have I learned so far? Find out by reading onward."
South Korea: End of Program by Brooke Chong
International Experience and Your Resume
Connect with International Students: Buddy Program
The International Buddy Program is coordinated by International Student & Scholar Services and pairs international & exchange students with domestic (U.S.) students at WWU, based on common interests. US students can help international students get to know Western and Bellingham. Buddies can share their cultures, languages, and participate in activities together.
Connect with Global Ambassadors Club
Want to stay internationally engaged at WWU? Join the WWU Global Ambassadors Club!
Attend monthly “socials,” coffee series, and professional networking events. Check out all events on WIN. Global Ambassadors provides a safe space for students who have been abroad, or international students studying here at WWU, to share their experiences with other students whom have also been abroad, as well as aim to connect with other internationally focused groups to promote an understanding and appreciation of global perspectives.
Program Provider Contacts
WWU EdAbroad Advisors
EdAbroad advisors are available to meet with you virtually to get your questions answered!
Hannah Nevitt: General, Study Abroad, Virtual, Scholarships, Global Ambassadors Advisor
Dan Lindeman: Western and ISEP International Exchange, National Student Exchange (NSE), KCP International
Krista Mantello: Study Abroad, Global Learning Faculty-led programs, Internships, Independent Study, Virtual, Scholarships
Anna Sutherland: Peer Advisor
Rachel Lewis: Peer Advisor, USAC Ambassador