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.
NEW Short-Term offerings
College of Arts and Sciences
- International Perspectives on Intercultural Communication—led by Dr. Mark Orbe
- Amazonia: Culture and Environment in Ecuador—led by Dr. Nicholas Padilla
- Conflict & Diplomacy in Europe—led by Dr. Joyce Busch
College of Education and Human Development
- Exploring Higher Education in Canada—led by Dr. Ramona Lewis and Dr. Louann Bierlein Palmer
- Off the Beaten Path: Education and Culture in Europe—led by Dr. Tetyana Koshmanova and Dr. Richard Zinser
- International Pedagogy in Italy—led by Dr. Luchara Sayles Wallace
- Discover Croatia and Venice: Education, Culture and Sport—led by Dr. Zeljka Vidic
- Education in Ireland—led by Dr. Paul Vellom
College of Health and Human Services
- Pura Vida: Health and Healthcare in Costa Rica—led by Dr. Pamela Wadsworth
- Exploration of Health Care and Culture in Japan—led by Dr. Diana Powers-Foltz Dirette
- Culture, Diversity and Social Justice in Spain—led by Dr. Dee Sherwood and Dr. Hector Luis Diaz
Haworth College of Business
- Leadership and Strategy in Italy—led by Dr. Derrick McIver
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