Things to Consider

There are many things to take into consideration when choosing a program. Type of program, location, and coursework are just the beginning. Check out this list of additional considerations when choosing a program.

Cost of Living

  • Access to more scholarship funding!
  • Cost of living is less in small cities vs. large cities
  • Consider cost of living around the world
  • Cost Effective Programs

Non-Traditional Locations

Studying in non-traditional locations can increase scholarship eligibility and be cost effective.

  • Asia
    • Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Japan, Nepal, Bhutan, Mongolia, South Korea
  • Africa
    • Morocco, Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Tunisia, Madagascar, South Africa
  • Middle East
    • Turkey, Jordan, Oman, UAE, Israel
  • Eastern Europe
    • Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Turkey, Poland, Latvia, Estonia
  • Northern Europe
    • Iceland, Greenland, Sweden, Finland, Norway
  • South America
    • Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina
  • Central America & West Indies
    • Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Turks & Caicos Islands

Graduation & Major Requirements

Review Degree Works in Web4U and consider completing courses for the following abroad:

  • Major
  • Minor
    • International Studies Minor
    • Latin American Studies
  • GURs
  • Honors/Fairhaven
  • Internship/Service Learning
  • Research/Field Study
  • Electives

Graduation Timeline

  • How flexible are my departments with study abroad?
  • Do I have a “tracked” major that may limit me?
  • Students are able to study abroad their last quarter before graduation

Goals for the Experience

  • Gain/Improve Language skills
  • Field Study/Research
  • Resume Builder-Internship
  • Service Learning
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Heritage Seeking


  • Better language skills & investment value the longer I am abroad!
  • Options are: Academic or Calendar Year, Semester, Quarter, Summer, Intensive Month, Short-term

Scholarships for Critical Need Languages

  • Arabic 
  • Azerbaijani
  • Bahasa Indonesian
  • Bangla
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Persian
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Swahili
  • Turkish
  • Urdu
  • Sign Language

Visit Gilman Critical Need Language Award, The Critical Language Scholarship, and search Federally Funded Language Programs.

Who do I want to study abroad with?

  • International students
  • A mix of US & International students
  • Primarily other US/American students
  • Other WWU students

Living Preferences

  • Large city or Small town
  • Large or Small University
  • Outdoor Field Study Experience

Housing Options