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Practical Learning Abroad

International Internships and Independent Study 

Your first step is to attend a 30 minute Western Abroad 101, offered frequently. You can search all of the approved WWU international opportunities on this website by clicking on "PROGRAMS" in the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Earn practical experience in your field through one of the options listed below.  These opportunities are excellent resume builders!

International Internships

Students can participate in an international internship that may range from a few weeks to six months of full-time work.  The internship integrates academic credit at Western Washington University with on-the-job experience, allowing students to gain valuable skills while working towards a degree.  Students should start planning at least two quarters in advance for an international internship.  You must work closely with a faculty advisor when doing an international internship.  

Please view the International Internship Guidelines or for Health and Human Development (HHD) majors, the International Internships Guidelines - HHD for more information about requirements and procedures.  

To search for internships visit our Programs page and The Intern Group website.  If you select an internship that is not available through our Programs page, you may apply through the generic International Internship application.  

Students participating in the EducatorsAbroad Worldwide Student Teaching program will complete this application and follow the Educators Abroad Procedures. Note: This program not offered after summer 2019.

Dong Dinh - Estonia Internship

Photo Title: Breaking barriers in the class 
Photographer: Dong Dinh 
Description: During my 5th week as an international intern for Education USA, I had the chance to visit schools and do presentation on U.S. culture and education. Tallinn school no. 21 was my first stop and all I can say is that I was blown away by their enthusiasm, competency, and engagement. I presented on history, culture, diversity, and higher education, hoping to spark the interest of higher education and international exchange to the U.S. in their future. The thrill of teaching, engaging, and shaking hands with the generation who will change the world is an experience that I hope to continue with my time in Estonia.
IE3 Global Internship, Fall 2016

Independent Study Abroad

Independent Study is a self designed study abroad that allows students to pursue an educational experience not available through regular Western Washington University catalog course offerings.  Students can participate in an international independent study through a WWU department and the Education Abroad office.  Students should start planning at least two quarters in advance for an independent study abroad.  Please view the Independent Study Abroad Guidelines for more information about requirements and procedures.  For more information and to apply for Independent Study Abroad, click here.

Fairhaven Adventure Learning Grant recipients complete this application.

Non-credit International Experience

Students pursuing an international experience not for credit must register their travel with the Western Washington University Education Abroad office.  Students can participate in an non-credit international experience through various means and the Education Abroad office.  Students should start planning at least two quarters in advance for an non-credit international experience.  

WWU provides a secure website through the Education Abroad for students to record international travel plans and contact information.  All information provided by travelers will remain confidential.  The Non-credit International Experience is a convenient, one-stop service that supports emergency communications, access to University approved travel abroad health insurance and travel resources.  Students are encouraged to register their travel, even when it is not credit-bearing.  This registry is not for faculty and staff.  Faculty and staff should use the Travel Registry.

Why register through the Non-credit International Experience?
• Emergency Communications – In the event of an emergency at home or overseas, the Non-credit International Experience will help the University get in touch with you and will support your ability to reach us for urgent health, safety and security-related information.
• University Approved Travel Abroad Health Insurance – The Non-credit International Experience provides information and instructions for obtaining University suggested travel abroad health insurance.  This coverage commonly includes medical evacuation, repatriation of remains, and emergency evacuation in the event of political instability or a natural disaster.
• Trip Summary and University Emergency Contact Information – The Non-credit International Experience provides a summary of the information you enter, along with emergency contact information at home and overseas, and a travel itinerary, which can be printed or emailed.
• Travel Resources – Important health, safety and logistical updates will be available before, during, and after your international trip.  Other resources include the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and country-specific information through the U.S. Department of State.  Please see the EdAbroad Health & Safety webpage.

Countries with Travel Advisories: International Travel Warning Policy

For questions about the Non-credit International Experience and developing a travel safety plan, please contact Ryan Larsen, Director, Education Abroad or Paul Mueller, Risk Manager.

For more information and to register your trip, click .  You will be prompted to indicate the term you will be going abroad.  We understand that you may not be going abroad for the entire term, however please indicate the term in which the majority of your travel abroad falls into.  


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