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Types of Study Abroad Programs at WU
WU offers a wide range of study abroad program opportunities. Program types vary by academic discipline, credit hours, destination, cost, duration, and level of student support. An important part of selecting a program is understanding the many opportunities available, what makes each of them unique, and which program will best meet your academic needs, professional goals, and personal interest for study abroad.
Programs are categorized as follows:
- WU Faculty-led Programs are short-term study tours over breaks, or summer in which you learn and travel with a WU professor and students. WU Faculty and Staff develop, direct and teach these programs. Cultural activities and excursions are often included. These programs are typical introductory programs with a high level of student support from the Office of International Programs and the Faculty Leader.
- WU Exchange Programs allow you to pay WU tuition and fees while attending one of our more than 25 partner universities. These programs allow WU students to enroll in classes at the host institution and transfer credit to count towards their WU program of studies. These programs offer a more independent experience and are generally the most economical option for WU students to study abroad for the semester or academic year. Student support for these programs is offered through the Office of International Programs and through the host institution.
- Direct Enrollment Programs WU has agreements with a number of institutions abroad which enable WU students to study as visiting students at the foreign university for the summer, semester or academic year. Students pay the foreign university tuition and fees for visiting students. Students participating in this type of program remain enrolled at WU during the study abroad program. The credit and grades received for the coursework completed abroad counts towards the WU program of studies. Like exchange programs, they offer a more independent experience. Student support for these programs is offered through the Office of International Programs and through the host institution.
- Affiliate Programs: Program Providers/Student–Initiated Programs (SIP) WU students may participate in international study, internship, or research abroad programs sponsored by other accredited U.S. universities, foreign institutions accredited directly by the Ministry of Education of the host country, or third-party program providers when no direct relationship exists between a foreign institution and WU. Students participating in this type of program remain enrolled at WU during the study abroad program. The credit and grades received for the coursework completed abroad counts towards the WU program of studies. SIPs provide for a broader range of destinations and disciplines and can provide unique program components such as field work, internships, or research experiences. These programs are offered for various lengths of time during the year and provide a more structured experience, often with cultural activities and excursions. Student support for these programs is offered through the Office of International Programs and through the program provider / host institution.
- Volunteer, Service-learning, Internship, Research, or Teach Abroad Programs allow you to engage in other experiences for one week to one year, either for credit or not for credit. WU students may participate in independent study/research programs identified through WU faculty connections or offered directly through partner institutions, governmental programs or professional organizations. Students work directly with their WU academic departments to ensure oversight and credit for the independent study/research experience.