Faculty led Global Learning Programs

Western Abroad 101

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

Group of students on a trek in the mountains of Nepal

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.


Krista Mantello, MBA

Program Manager

Office: Remote/Miller Hall 205C

Develop a Program

Faculty interested in developing a Global Learning Program can visit the Institute for Global Engagement and contact Ashley Hollenbeck, EdAbroad Director to discuss your program proposal.

Program Options

Faculty-led Global Learning Program

  • WWU faculty organize and lead academic programs abroad
  • Quarter, summer, and academic breaks
  • Earn WWU credits and learn from WWU faculty abroad while studying with other WWU students
  • Pay tuition and fees at WWU in addition to a program fee for onsite costs

Research, Fellowships & Grants

WWU Foundation Scholarships

WWU Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships are available to WWU students participating in an approved study abroad, exchange, or internship program during the academic year. These scholarships are not applicable to summer quarter. 


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Award amount: Varies

Liz Partolan-Fray Memorial Scholarship for Education Abroad

This scholarship is designed to support underrepresented students to participate in international education. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to WWU students who are participating in a summer Global Learning program led by WWU faculty member. 

Award amount: $500

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

For Pell Grant eligible students

Award amount: Grants averaging up to $3,000 for Summer, $5,000 for Semester/Quarter, $8,000 for Critical Language Study