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. 

2017-2018 Faculty-Led Courses

Explore the courses below and discover a destination to start your journey abroad...

montego bay & southfield, Jamaica | October 13-21, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

 

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: $1845

For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Clark at cclark@email.wcu.edu or Elizabeth Sexton at ehsexton@email.wcu.edu

Havana, Cuba | October 14-21, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

 

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: $1819

For more information, contact Dr. Lori Oxford  at ifoxford@email.wcu.edu

London, UK | October 14-22, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

 

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: $3300

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Livingstone at jrlivingstone@wcu.edu or Dr. Elizabeth Jones at bjones@wcu.edu

aCCRA & cAPE COAST & aGONA dUAKWA, gHANA | October 14-22, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

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: $2978

For more information, contact Dr.  Kofi Lomotey at klomotey@wcu.edu

Nairobi & Wongonyi, Kenya | October 14-29, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

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: $3741

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

Taulabe, Honduras | January 2-12, 2018 (Winter Break 2018)

 

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 twatson@wcu.edu

 

Christchurch, new zealand | January 2-15, 2018

CJ 460 (3 credits)

Students will explore criminal justice approaches to drug use in New Zealand. For more information, contact Dr. Albert Kopak at amkopak@wcu.edu or Dr. Cyndy Caravelis at caravelis@wcu.edu

Edinburgh, Scotland | March 3-10, 2018 (Spring Break 2018)


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: $3604

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Metcalfe at metcalfe@emai.wcu.edu or Dr.  Bonnie Garner at garner@mahec.net

Vienna, austria & prague, czech republic | march 3-11, 2018 (spring break 2018)

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 ibego@wcu.edu or Dr. Katerina Spasovska at kspasovska@wcu.edu

cusco, peru | May 14-23, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

 ND 410, HSCC 493 (6 credits), MHS 693, ND 693 (6 credits)

These courses introduce nutrition and dietetic students to healthcare in a global environment. They will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments. For more information, contact Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett at ewbassett@wcu.edu

 

Shanghai, hangzhou, nanjing & suzhou, china | May 15-29, 2018 (summer break 2018)

SOC 494 (6 credits)

This course aims to provide students with a rare opportunity of personally observing and experiencing what China is truly like through intensive reading of, writing about and traveling in China. This course examines topics such as culture, education, and family in China and invites students to consider challenges, opportunities, fears and hopes that characterize everyday practices in Chinese urban life. For more information, contact Dr. Yiqing Yang at yyang@wcu.edu (Include SOC 494 in subject line).

Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, kyoto, nara, Osaka, Japan | May 17-june 4, 2018 (summer break 2018)

JPN 493 (3 credits)

The Japanology Beyond Borders course is designed for students who are eager to explore beyond their comfort zones. This requires a profound understanding of language, culture and people you encounter in Japan. Throughout the travel course, you will learn about yourself in a way you have never experienced. For more information, contact Professor Soichiro Motohashi at smoothashi@wcu.edu

Beijing, shanghai, suzhou & Chengdu, China | May 18-June 1, 2018 (summer Break 2018)

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 interconnectedness of various practices. For more information, contact Dr. Yanjun Yan atyyan@wcu.edu

Minnesota Boundary waters canoe area Wilderness | May 24 -June 4, 2018 (Summer break 2018)

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 ajbobilya@wcu.edu

Gaborone, Botswana | May 30 - June 28, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

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 ajrose@wcu.edu

Lima & Pisac, peru | June 4-15, 2018 (summer break 2018 )

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: $4331

For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Winter at kkruebel@wcu.edu

ludwigsburg, stuttgart, munich, Berchtesgaden, germany| june 26-july 12, 2018 (summer break 2018)

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 ncluke@wcu.edu

 

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 dgrube@wcu.edu

 

 

 

Taulabe, honduras | august 2-August 12, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

HSCC 493 (3  credits)

Preference given to Doctor of Physical Therapy students, some Spanish preferred, GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Watson at twatson@wcu.edu

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