* First Year (Freshman) & Options for GURS

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These pages are currently under revision, and may not have a complete list of programs. Please contact Hannah Nevitt to explore all program options.

First Year (Freshman) students are able to pursue Education Abroad (EdAbroad) through Study Abroad Providers and WWU Global Learning Faculty-led Programs

Below are some program options for First Year (Freshman) students to consider. We have chosen a set of programs and locations ideal for a first year experience, based on a variety of factors:

  • Availability of 100/200 level coursework 
  • Onsite logistics, structure, and support
  • Short term & quarter length options
  • Do not require letters of recommendation, or flexibility for the letters to come from High School instructors or administrators
  • Do not require a visa in advance
    • Visa/immigration documents can be obtained onsite, or for programs that do require a visa, the provider has a batch processing service

Please note there are other options available beyond what is listed. 

This is not a guaranteed list for credit transfer. Students must obtain department advisor approval for fulfilling degree requirements. 

Explore Programs


Krista Mantello, MBA

Program Manager

Office: Remote/Miller Hall 205A

Advising Info

First Year (Freshman) Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be fully admitted to WWU before beginning the EdAbroad application.
  • Students can participate in EdAbroad the second quarter at WWU. For students admitted in Fall quarter, the earliest term for EdAbroad participation is Winter quarter.
  • Participation limited to Study Abroad Providers and WWU Global Learning Faculty-led Programs, cannot participate in WWU Exchanges or direct enroll options.
  • Must be prepared to submit an updated WWU transcript before departure confirming Satisfactory Academic Progress. Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress requirements may result in revoking program acceptance.

After you decide on a program and the courses you will take abroad, you must complete the Departmental Academic Advising Esign Form with your academic advisor. Please do not contact departmental advisors prior to being fully admitted to WWU. The form must be completed before your program commences.   

Review Your Degree Works  

Web4U > Student > Student Records > Degree Works. Follow steps to see what you have completed, and what you still need for your degree plan. At least 50% of the credit hours required for the major/minor must be earned at Western.   

An official transcript from your program must be sent to Education Abroad for processing upon completion of your program.  

Additional Info  

Program Options

Study Abroad Provider

  • Independent organizations that facilitate or administer study abroad programs for students
  • Quarter, semester, academic year, calendar year, and summer
  • Pay a program fee that includes tuition, housing, etc. (varies)
  • More services provided
  • Often includes excursions, onsite pickup, varied housing options
  • Part time internships can be available for credit

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



USAC - Chengdu, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter


Central America

Costa Rica



API - Croatia - Business, Communications, STEM, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter, Academic Year

Czech Republic


CIEE - Summer in Copenhagen, Summer Quarter








North America


CIEE - Open Campus Yucatan, Spring Semester, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter



South America



ISA - Cusco, Spring Semester, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter


CIEE - Open Campus Multi-Destination - Global Institute Network, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter

West Indies