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.
Explore the courses below and discover a destination to start your journey abroad...
TRVL 300 (0 credit)
Travel to Jamaica with faculty members Cheryl Clark and Elizabeth Sexton from nursing to work with schools, medical clinics, orphanages and charitable organizations. Total trip cost: $1845For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Clark at email@example.com or Elizabeth Sexton at firstname.lastname@example.org
SPAN 493-01 (3 credits)
This special topic class is designed to help students to learn about Cuba culture, history, lecture and people. Total trip cost: $1819For more information, contact Dr. Lori Oxford at email@example.com
TRVL 600 (0 credit)
Learn more about international accounting and business. Students will visit an office of Mazars, an international provide of audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. We will meet with the International Accounting standards Board (IASB) and other business and accounting organizations, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA). Experience international business by visiting locations possibly including: Arsenal Football Club's Emirate Stadium; Fuller's Brewery; and / or Wimbledon. Additional , students will experience cultural and historical sites. Total trip cost: $3300For more information, contact Dr. Jane Livingstone at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Elizabeth Jones at email@example.com
EDL 793 | USI 393 ( 2 credit)
The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to study--on a basic level--the functioning of school, universities and colleges in Ghana and ways in which thee institutions interact with (are affected by and affect) other Ghanaian institutions. Total trip cost: $2978For more information, contact Dr. Kofi Lomotey at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDPY 493 / 593 (3 credits)
This course is designed for students to gain knowledge of world cultures, to understand the historical , geographic, economic, political, cultural, and environmental relationships among global regions and peoples, to exam the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems, to act to influence public policy and private behavior on behalf of international understanding, tolerance and empathy, and articulate the influence of history, geography, and politics on the country of Kenya. Total trip cost: $3741For more information, contact Dr. Russell Binkley at email@example.com
PT 880 (3 credits)
The purpose of this independents study is to prepare students, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, 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. The focus of the independent study is on introduction to global health with various triage, medical screen and direct patient care interventions requiring complex clinical reasoning performed in small group for an ambulatory (walk-in) clinic. Total trip cost: $2238
For more information, contact Dr. Todd Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
CJ 460 (3 credits)
NSG 406/508 (3 credits)
A comprehensive exploration of global nursing issues within a travel study opportunity to collaboratively build leadership skills and establish learning partnerships. Total trip cost: $3604For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Metcalfe at email@example.com or Dr. Bonnie Garner at firstname.lastname@example.org
TRVL 300 (3 credits)
This course explores the changes that have taken place in the Central and Eastern European region and the lessons that have been drawn from experiences such as regime transition, state-building, economic reform, nationalism/ethnic violence as well as struggles for statehood and peace. The course is a travel component of Political Science 493 and Communication 493. For more information, contact Dr. Ingrid Bego at email@example.com or Dr. Katerina Spasovska at firstname.lastname@example.org
SM 350,(3 credits) SM 672, (3 credits), MKT 407 (3 credits)
These courses focus on exploring sport across the world, meeting and learning from entrepreneurs, managers and administrators in the areas of marketing, operations, management, law and others. The course also focus on aligning organizational and communication strategies with current and emerging communication technologies, including first generation internet applications such as email and websites, with emphasis on social media tool, understanding the convergence of the process of human communication with the constantly evolving development of communication technology.
For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at email@example.com or Dr. Scott Rader at firstname.lastname@example.org
MKT 407 (3 credits) & BUS 304 (3 credits)
Course is open to sophomores and above only. Application, interview and instructor
approval required. At the end of this course, the student should be able to reflect
on consumption-related phenomena as a result of experiencing the highly developed
economy of Japan, understand the current global economic and political environment
in East Asia, articulate the importance of cultural disparities and similarities in
consumer behavior, understand issues related to modifying marketing research effort
and understand the synthesis of socio-political and economic, as well as cultural
factors, in terms of consumer culture in East Asia.
For more information, contact Dr. Scott Rader at email@example.com
ENGR 365 (3 credits)
This course focuses on fundamental skills and cultural responsiveness in engineering and technology in a global context. 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, team work and appreciation for global inter-connectedness of various practices. For more information, contact Dr. Yanjun Yan firstname.lastname@example.org
PRM 427 (4 credits)
This is an expedition style course taught in a wilderness environment. Expedition skills are taught experientally to enable students to lead others safely using minimum impact techniques that preserve the environment. Activities include 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 email@example.com
CSD 594 (3 credits)
The College of Health & Human Sciences and the College of Education & Allied Professions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Botswana, Africa, propose a four-week Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) in Botswana for graduate students and public school teachers from North Carolina. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org
PSC 358 (3 credits), PSC 324 (3 credits), SOCW 251 (3 credits)
The Western in Washington program, now in its second year, offers three three-hour courses over two weeks in Washington, DC with some required work before and after travel. Students will take a combination of two courses (6 hours) to fit their academic needs. Track 1 is PSC 358 - U.S. Foreign Policy and PSC 324 - Political and Organizational Leadership. Track 2 is SOCW 251 - Social Issues, Policies and Programs and PSC 324 - Political and Organizational Leadership.
EDCI 201 (3 credits)
Developing a vision for teaching, learning and leading in the 21st Century school; understanding the philosophical, historical, cultural and social framework of schooling. Field experience and subscription to TaskStream© required. Total trip cost: $4331For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Winter at email@example.com
SPAN 394 (6 credits)
Students are expected to improve their oral and written proficiency as well as expand their vocabulary to include precise terminology on a number of topics Students will also gain an enhanced appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world, particularly the city of Valencia, Spain, in which they will reside for the duration of the course. Total trip cost: $5570.21
For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido at firstname.lastname@example.org
EDEL 446 Digital Literacy Methods (3 credits)
This course explores the issues, trends, skills and practices related to digital technologies in the classroom as well as the larger context of education as a profession. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Luke at email@example.com
HPE 305 Adventure Based Health & PE (3 credits)
Upon successful completion of this course, the teacher candidate will be able to value an interdisciplinary focus through integration of adventure-based physical education across the school curriculum, identify key learning theories and understand the Experiental Learning Cycle, as well as other learning outcomes. For more information, contact Dr. Dan Grube at firstname.lastname@example.org
BIOL 493/593 Comparative Temperate-Tropical Ecology & Biogeography (5 credits)
This course is offered through WCU's Highlands Biological Station and the Wildsumaco Biological Station in Ecuador. Most of the time will be spent at the Wildsumaco Biological Station with brief overnight stays near the Quito airport at the beginning and end of the trip. The field-based course takes aim at a comparative approach to exploring Southern Appalachian and Amazonian Andean montane ecology and biogeography in the spirit of explorer-naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries.
For more information, contact Dr. James Costa at email@example.com
PT 880 (3 credits) & HSCC 493 (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 email@example.com or Elizabeth Sexton at firstname.lastname@example.org
CHEM 101 (3 credits)
For more information, contact Dr. Channa DeSilva at email@example.com
EDL 793/USI 393 (3 credits)
The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for participants to study - on a basic level - the functioning of schools, universities and colleges in Ghana and the ways that these institutions interact with - and are affected by and affect - other Ghanian institutions.