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Catamount Gap Abroad

Due to Covid-19, Catamount Gap Abroad 2021 has been cancelled. We look forward to offering this program again in Summer 2022.

Catamount Gap Abroad


Can't wait to start college, and looking for a unique opportunity? If so, Catamount Gap Abroad might be for you! Catamount Gap Abroad is a 5-week abroad experience with WCU faculty at Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts in beautiful North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Students earn six credits toward graduation, live as a learning community in downtown Dortmund, and experience what Germany and other parts of Europe has to offer. Financial aid is available. Enrollment is limited to 20 students.

Why Catamount Gap Abroad?

Catamount Gap Abroad


  • Inexpensive 5-week study abroad option
  • Scholarships available
  • Cost includes round trip flight ($1,500+ value), housing, and day and weekend excursions to cities such as Amsterdam, Cologne, and Berlin
  • Get a unique introduction to college learning and expectations
  • Make good friends and great connections with other WCU students and faculty
  • Participate in FH Dortmund courses with German students and faculty
  • No German language experience necessary, both courses are taught in English
  • Increase your self-confidence, adaptability, and communication skills
  • Broaden your perspectives on U.S. society and yourself
  • Increase your understanding of culture and how it impacts our lives and perceptions through first-hand knowledge

        *Excursion locations are dependent upon availability.

  • Earn 6 credits toward graduation - courses will be PSY 190 and ENGL 101.
  • German language course: The German language course will be led by FH Dortmund faculty, is free of cost, and carries no credit. The purpose of the course is to immerse students in to the German culture. Students will learn to communicate effectively and function independently during their time in Dortmund.
  • Courses complete WCU freshman seminar requirement and count toward liberal studies requirements
  • Intimate course setting: 20:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Experienced WCU faculty
  • Courses count toward graduation, no matter your major

The total cost for the 2021 program is $4,000.00. This includes 6 credits of tuition, textbooks, lodging for the duration of the program, flight, a weekend excursion and day trips, and some ancillary costs such as student health and travel insurance, a metro pass, and transportation to and from the airport. The largest cost not covered is meals (breakfast is included in stay at hostel). Please call MAPS or attend the webinar for more information.

Chosen applicants will be asked to make $500 a non-refundable deposit in order to secure their seat in the program, due no later than March 1, 2021.

Please view the Catamount Gap Abroad informational webinar from 2018 for more information.

Enrollment is limited to twenty students, please apply as soon as possible. Not all students who apply will be selected to participate. The deadline to apply is approaching and applications could close earlier if twenty qualified students are selected prior to the deadline. If you think you might participate, secure a valid U.S. Passport ASAP. We do not control how long it will take to obtain the passport.

Application Process

  1. Students must be new, incoming students to WCU already admitted for the Summer or Fall term
  2. Fill out the Electronic Application Form.
  3. Submit a personal statement, not more than 2 pages double spaced, to Please answer the following:
    • Why you are interested in Catamount Gap Abroad.
    • What you would like to experience during the trip.
    • What makes you a top candidate to participate. 
  4. We will confirm receipt of your application and personal letter, students selected to interview will be contacted via email provided on the application.
  5. Following the interview, a review committee will review applications (materials submitted for application to WCU) and contact students selected to participate.
  6. Students confirm their seat in the program by submitting a $500 deposit (deposit information comes in admission letter).

Required documents:

  1. Electronic application form and personal statement
  2. Valid U.S. Passport (Valid for no less than 6 months from the date of travel): Apply or renew (collected after admitted to program)
  3. Catamount Gap Abroad Enrollment documents (after admitted to program)
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