Summer International Study Programs

There are a number of ways to travel and study during the summer. Western's Summer Study Abroad programs are affordable, ranging from $3000 to $6000 for 3-4 week courses. Summer Programs that you find through an Internet search can be more expensive. Financial Aid will cover summer programs as long as you are registered for six (6) credit hours in the summer. Financial aid for summer school is typically in the form of student loans.

ISEP Summer Programs

Spend your summer in Asia, Europe, Latin America,  or The Middle East, with the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), immersed in another culture, learning a foreign language, and at the same time, earning 3-6 undergraduate college credits towards your degree.

UNCEP Summer Programs

The Copenhagen Business School in Copenhagen, Denmark, offers summer programs for graduate and undergraduate business majors.

Western's Direct Enrollment Summer Programs

Learn Spanish for 4-8  weeks with the Intercambios Lingüisticos y Culturales (ILYC), Granada, Spain. Working with instructors from the University of Granada, students learn Spanish, live with a host family, have excursions to Seville and Cordoba, and tour the sites of Granada.

London Internship Program

Through the Center for Academic Programs Abroad (CAPA), Western is offering a 6-week unpaid internship for ALL majors in London. Students sign up for Coop credits, work with Career Services and IPS on the application, and spend 6 weeks working in their field of study in one of the most exciting cities in the world.  CAPA also runs internships and summer study abroad programs  in many other parts of the world.

Non-Western Direct Enrollment Summer Programs

An internet search of programs offered by companies, NC universities, or other state universities may be of interest to you. If so, contact IPS to discuss your options.

Here are some links to some of WCU's affiliated summer program providers:


API Internaitonal

International Studies Abroad (ISA)

CIS Abroad

Summer Travel Courses,- Faculty-Led Programs at Western Carolina University

Each summer, Western's faculty lead groups of students to various locations overseas for 3-4 weeks. Students enroll in a Western summer course for which they receive 3-6 credit hours.

University of North Carolina / China Abroad Program

The China Abroad program will run concurrent with most UNC school’s first five week summer session. Students will be able to take one or two courses in business, Chinese language and culture, or Asian history. All courses will have an online component before and after the trip so classroom time in China can be focused and relevant.

Fudan University will be our host institution. Fudan is one of the top universities in China and has more than 36,000 students. It is located on the outskirts of Shanghai, a city with a population of over twenty million. Fudan’s international resident halls and classrooms are designed to meet the needs of western students.


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