WMU Study Abroad offers 12 new faculty-led programs

Contact: Raine Kuch

Group of WMU students sightseeing abroad.KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Twelve new short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs are available to Western Michigan University students in 2019. This is the greatest number of new programs WMU Study Abroad has added at one time.

"The growth of short-term programs indicates the dedication of Study Abroad staff to increasing educational opportunities for students and the staff's willingness to complete the hard work necessary to bring those programs to fruition," said Dr. Lee Penyak, director of Study Abroad in the Haenicke Institute for Global Education.

Short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs are designed, hosted and accompanied by WMU faculty representing various disciplines and generally range from one to 10 weeks. They offer academic credit to participants ranging from one to six credits. Content and locations are designed to offer experiential learning within a faculty member's field of expertise through a global lens.

These shorter-term study abroad programs allow students to take credit-bearing coursework with approved academic objectives under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced WMU faculty members.

"It is a privilege to be able to travel and study with a WMU faculty member and other students," said Joseph Rasich, assistant director of Study Abroad.

"Because it's a WMU course led abroad, the students benefit from academic expectations that are similar to on-campus study, and from experiential learning that they wouldn't receive if they traveled on their own."

Scholarships and program deadlines

Program costs vary due to factors such as destination, number of credits, program length, room and board, and transportation.

Scholarships are available for short-term study abroad programs through Study Abroad, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, the Haworth College of Business, and the Lee Honors College. Scholarships are available to students based on their financial need, academic college, academic performance and study abroad destination.

The application deadline for summer I short-term, faculty-led programs is Jan. 31 and the deadline for summer II programs is Feb. 28. Students can learn more about these programs at one of three Study Abroad Expos being held in January.

For information about student scholarships, visit the Study Abroad website. More about the Study Abroad Expos also can be found online.

NEW Short-Term offerings

College of Arts and Sciences

College of Education and Human Development

College of Health and Human Services

 Haworth College of Business

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