The faculty members of the Department of Modern Foreign Languages strongly encourage students to participate in a study abroad program. Being immersed in the language is a fulfilling experience—not only linguistically, but culturally and personally as well. Students may be surprised at how economically feasible study abroad can be, since most forms of financial aid may be applied to these programs.
For students wishing to study one of the languages regularly taught at WCU, one excellent option is to participate in one of the faculty-led summer programs offered through our department. For these programs, which can range from 2 to 6 weeks, students are directly registered for WCU courses during the summer term, so there are no issues of transferring credit, finding WCU equivalent courses, etc. Furthermore, these courses are taught or directly supervised by regular WCU faculty members, whom the students will often already know and trust! We regularly have summer programs in Japan, Germany, and Spain, as well as other countries in Latin America.
For those looking to spend a full semester or academic year abroad, or for those interested
in summer programs in places where we have no faculty-led programs, WCU offers a variety
of other exchange programs through International Programs and Services, which is now located in the Cordelia Camp building (next to the Office of Admissions).