Office of International Programs and Services

Faculty-Led Travel Courses

Faculty Led Study Abroad Courses - Africa

 

A Faculty-Led program refers to a study abroad program led by a Western Carolina University Faculty member in an international setting for anywhere between one to eight weeks. You'll earn course credit, experience life abroad and build lifelong relationships with fellow students.

After completing a Faculty-Led Travel Course, many students pursue a study abroad exchange. Faculty-Led Travel Courses are different from Study Abroad, which is with another University and lasts anywhere between a semester and a year.

Costs vary depending on a number of factors including length of the course, location, travel expenses, etc. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available and there are courses to meet almost any budget.

Please Note: To be eligible for a Faculty-Led Travel Course you must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and meet any course specific criteria based on the instructor.

2018-19 Faculty-Led Courses

Explore the upcoming opportunities for next academic year.

taulabe, honduras | October 5-13 (Fall Break)

PT 880 (3 credits)

The purpose of this independent study is to prepare students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy to optimize the delivery of care to individuals with disabilities in a remote area of Honduras, enhancing both clinical skills and cultural competency through an interdisciplinary perspective. Some Spanish preferred, GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Watson at twatson@wcu.edu

Montego Bay, Southfield & Black River, Jamaica | October 5-13, 2018 (Fall Break)

TRVL 300 (0 credits)

Nursing students travel to Jamaica to experience an alternative fall break working with clinics, schools and charitable organizations. For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Clark at cclark@wcu.edu or Elizabeth Sexton at ehsexton@wcu.edu

Nairobi and wongonyi, kenya | september 28-October 14, 2018 (Fall Break)

EDPY 493 (3 credits)

The aims of this course are to gain knowledge of world cultures, understand the historical, geographic, economic, political, cultural, and environmental relationships among global reficitions and peoples, examine the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems, learn to act to influence the public policy and private behavior on behalf of international understanding, develop tolerance and empathy, demonstrate a passion for and love of learning about the world, and express an understanding  of what it means to be a global citizen.

For more information, contact Dr. Russell Binkley at rbinkley@wcu.edu 

LINVILLE GORGE, pisgah national forest, nc| MAY 14-mAY 22, 2019 (SUMMER BREAK)

PRM 427 (3 credits)

This is an expedition style course taught in a wilderness environment.  Expedition skills are taught experientially to enable students to lead others safely using minimum impact techniques that preserve the environment.  Modes of travel include activities from the following: Backpacking, mountaineering, and canoeing.  National certification is possible through the Wilderness Education Association and Leave No Trace.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Bobilya at ajbobilya@wcu.edu

 

tokyo, nagoya, hiroshima, naruto, osaka, kyoto, nara, japan | may 15-june 5, 2019 (summer break)

MKT 407 (3 credits)

For more information, contact Dr. Scott Rader at srader@wcu.edu

Tokyo, nagoya, hiroshima, naruto, osaka, kyoto, nara, japan | may 15-june 5, 2019 (summer break)

ENGR 365 (3 credits)

Focus is given to effective communication (across different cultures and either synchronous or asynchronous), clear understanding of engineering standards, knowledge of project development process, commitment to ethics, professionalism, interdisciplinary team-work and equality, and appreciation for global inter-connectedness of various practices.


 For more information, contact Dr. Yanjun Yan at yyan@wcu.edu

San Jose Limon province & Guancaste province, costa | rica-may 18-june 2, 2019 (summer break)

ENGR 365 (3 credits)

Students will gain fundamental skills and cultural responsiveness in sustainable development and appropriate engineering technology, while being part of a multidisciplinary team in a global context. Focus is given to effective communication across different cultures, a clear understanding of sustainable energy technology, environmental responsibility, service learning, social equity, knowledge of project development process, commitment to ethics, professionalism, interdisciplinary team-work, and appreciation for global inter-connectedness of various practices.

 For more information, contact Dr. Nelson A. Granda-Maruland at ngranda@wcu.edu

STUGGART, GERMANY | MAY 31-JUNE 20, 2019 (SUMMER BREAK)

GER 240/493

Students will develop a basic knowledge of the German-speaking world, and through that content, acquire functional proficiency in German. Three hours in the morning will be spent working in the classrooms and afternoons will be spent undertaking various activities in Stuttgart that put classroom knowledge to real, authentic use in a German-speaking environment.

For more information, contact Dr. Will Lehman at welehman@wcu.edu

 

Rome, Tivoli, pompeii, sorrento, italy | june 9-25, 2019 (summer break)

HIST 308

This course is split between classroom lecture/discussion and full immersion in the city of Rome. This requires a certain level of dexterity and open-mindedness on the part of the student. The first week will be an intensive introduction to the history of the city of Rome from antiquity to the present, on campus. The next two weeks will be full-day excursions throughout the city of Rome, and the final week will be a wrap-up of the course and discussions of our experiences in Rome, on campus.

For more information, contact Dr. Robert Clines at rjclines@wcu.edu

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