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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

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 or Elizabeth Sexton at

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 

salt lake city, utah | january 11-January 16, 2019 (winter break)

PRM 435 (4 credits)

In this course, students will develop an understanding and appreciation of the snowsport industry through site visits, interviews, skiing/riding at different resorts, and reflection on experiences. This course will feature ski resorts in the Salt Lake City, Utah region with a focus on economic impact, area management, continuing education opportunities, and interviews with prominent industry leaders.

For more information, contact Dr. Callie Schultz at or Professor Debby Singleton at

costa rica, various regions | March 9-17, 2019 (spring break)

TRVL 300 (No credit)

This travel course is part of an English 206 Literature and the Environment course which focuses on ways assigned texts represent the natural world and issues of the environment.

For more information, contact Professor Rachel Bridgers at

london, england and amsterdam, netherlands | May 12-24, 2019 (summer Break)

ACCT 693 (3 credits)

This travel course offers an opportunity to learn about international accounting and business. While in London, students will visit an  office of Mazars, an international provider of audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services, as well as the International Accounting Standards Board and other business and accounting organizations. In Amsterdam, students will visit Euronext Amsterdam (Amsterdam Stock Exchange) Other possible locations may include the Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadiu, Fuller's Brewery, Wimbledon and the Royal FloraHolland Aalsmeer.

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Livingstone at or Dr. Marco Lam at


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


Tokyo, nagoya, hiroshima, osaka, kyoto, nara, japan | may 15-june 4, 2019 (summer break)

The undergraduate students will enroll in ENGR 365 (3 credits) and SM 350 (3 credits) for 6 credits total.

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

SM 350 (3 credits)

This course explroes sport and culture within Japan. Students meet with and learn from sports entrepreneurs, managers and administrators in business areas of marketing, operations, management, law and others. Students also partake in tours and events related to the core product of the sporting competitions themselves. Through these experiences, students learn about the role that sport plays within the culture, as well as business principles and practices that guide sport managers' decisions.

For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at

The graduate students will enroll  in SM 672 (3 credits)

After participating in activities during the trip in Japan, each student will research and write an in-depth paper about the management of sport in a specific global context of the student's choosing.

For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at

Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, Naruto, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe, Japan | May 15, 2019-June 5, 2019 (Summer Break)

JPN 493 (3 credits)

This course is designed for students to not only enjoy life in Japan for several weeks but to gain intercultural knowledge and experience. The ultimate goal is to provide students with the opportunity to utiliz3e this course as a means to become citizens and leaders in the local and global communities.

For more information, contact Dr. Soichiro Motohashi at

Switzerland, Italy & France | May 16-May 28, 2019 (summer Break)

IDES 465 (3 credits)

Pre-trip, students will meet 6 times during the spring semester to discuss assignments due prior to departure, behavioral expectations, travel arrangements, etc. While traveling, students will participate in lectures, walking tours and museum visits. 

For more information, contact Dr. Erin Adams at or Professor Heather Mae Erickson at

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-Marulanda at

valencia, spain | may 20-june 17, 2019 (summer break)

SPAN 394 (6 credits)

These courses are designed to acquaint students with the city of Valencia, Spain and to learn about the history, art, literature, gastronomy and architecture. Classes will be taught entirely in Spanish and students will also improve their oral and written proficiency of the language.


For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido at


GER 240/493 (3 credits)

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

ODORHEIU secuiesc, romania | may 31-june 29, 2019 (summer break)

This class involves the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvanian village of Văleni (Hu: Patakfalva). Students will explore how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of the individuals interred within the church walls and associated cemetery. This field school project is part of a broader investigation of the abandonment of medieval churches in the area and provides significant opportunities for students to get involved in international bioarchaeology, multi-institution networking and collaboration, and addressing biological, archaeological, and cultural questions. Over the course of several weeks, students will acquire skills in broad and small scale excavation, drawing, mapping, and note taking; thereby, developing the strategic skill necessary to acquire jobs working for both archaeological and forensic organizations around the world.

For more information, please contact Dr. Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua at


SPAN 102 (3 credits)

Students build on their basic functional proficiency in Spanish as they build on their cultural and real­ world knowledge of the Spanish-speaking world.This course is taught in Costa Rica at the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica campus in Cmiago, Costa Rica. Students are expected to complete all required parts of the course. Students must also be physically able to walk long distances, as we will be traveling frequently.

For more information, contact Dr. Garrett Fisher at

Munich, nuremburg, berlin Germany & amsterdam, netherlands | june 6-june 20 (summer break)

PSY 393 (3 credits)

This course examines the social, historical and psychological factors that give rise to prejudice, discrimination and genocide using the Holocaust as an example.

For more information, contact Dr. David Solomon at or Dr. L. Alvin Malesky at

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

orvieto & rome, italy | june 15-june 25, 2019 (summer break)

MUS 493 (3 credits)

Orvieto Musica Trumpet Festival

For more information, contact Dr. Brad Ulrich at

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