The first step to studying abroad is to review the Western Abroad 101 session information.

Global Learning

Due to COVID-19, Global Learning Faculty-led Programs are cancelled through Summer 2021. Individual student study abroad we hope to resume in January 2021 to US Department of State Level 1 and 2 countries, inasmuch that such countries would permit a US traveler to enter with a student visa. University updates can be found: https://www.wwu.edu/coronavirus

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 eight weeks. What makes these programs special is that you will get to study your academic discipline in an applied way with your professor and a cohort of ten to 15 peers.

Instead of studying art history from slides, you would stand in front of the original pieces in Japan. Instead of practicing Spanish in a Miller Hall classroom, you would spend an immersive month in Guanajuato, Mexico engaged in community-based learning. Instead of just reading West African literature, you will go to Senegal and interact with gritos, scribes, and marabouts.

Most of these programs are offered in the summer, with a smaller selection offered during fall, winter, and spring terms. You will be charged Western tuition and earn Western credit. These programs fill quickly, so secure your spot as soon as possible with your $1,000 down payment toward the total cost.

Explore programs here.

EdAbroad Advisor

For GLP advising, please contact the faculty director and/or Krista Mantello.

Develop a Program

Faculty interested in developing a Global Learning program can visit the Institute for Global Engagement and contact Dr. Ryan Larsen, Director of Education Abroad, at 360-650-7970 to discuss your course proposal.