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Interested in studying Linguistics abroad? The following programs offer significant coursework and performance immersion opportunities for Linguistics. This is meant to highlight a variety of programs by region. Please note there are many 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. Students must apply to both the provider through the links below, and to WWU Education Abroad

University Catalog: Linguistics BA requirements and Linguistics Minor, all other courses in Linguistics (and other related departments such as English or Anthropology) can be found using the Course Description search feature.

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Kristin Denham

Advisor for Linguistics

Office: BH 418G

Advising Info

Students may fulfill the language requirements for the Linguistics major in a variety of study abroad programs.

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. 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.  

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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

Western Exchange

  • Bilateral agreements between WWU and universities abroad to exchange students
  • Chance of placement is high
  • Semester and year-long options
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid onsite
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • Eligibility requirements vary
  • More independent and less services

ISEP Exchange

  • ISEP stands for International Student Exchange Program
  • Students can choose from over 135 universities in 36 different countries
  • Students provide ISEP with a list of preferred sites. Chance of placement varies from site to site.
  • Semester & year-long options only
  • Pay WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees
  • Room & board paid to WWU
  • Take courses with international students at universities abroad
  • More independent and less services provided

Research, Fellowships & Grants

U.S. Dept. of State Critical Language Scholarship

Award amount: Summer $Full Tuition, Airfare, Accommodations

NSEP David L Boren Undergraduate Scholarship

Award amount: Up to $8000 for a summer; $10,000 for a semester and $20,000 for a full academic year

Freeman-ASIA (Freeman Awards for Study in Asia) Grant

Award amount: up to $3,000 for Summer, $5,000 for Semester/Quarter, $7,000 for Academic Year

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




Hong Kong





  • USAC - University of Reading, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter
    • Introduction to Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Intercultural Communications, Analyzing Speech, Child Language Development, Discourse Analysis, English Language and Society


  • ISEP Direct - University of Tartu Estonia, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter, Academic Year

    $4750 per quarter/ $16,995 Academic Year

    • Fall/Winter Semester - Spans Fall and Winter quarters.
    • Winter/Spring Semester - Spans Winter and Spring quarters

    Courses in English. Recommended for Genetics, Linguistics, Language Study, Health, International Relations









  • ISEP - University of Regina - Pay In-State Tuition & Fees!, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter
    • Phonetics and Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Semantics and Pragmatics, Language and Society, the Ethnography of Communication, Sociolinguistics, Language Acquisition, Structure of Indigenous Languages, Historical Linguistics, Topics in Linguistics

South America



  • ISA - Lima, Spring Semester, Fall Quarter

    *Students need 1 year of college level Spanish.