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Getting Started

Your journey starts here! The WU Office of Study Abroad offers study abroad programs for students in every part of the world and in a wide variety of majors. 

Define Your Goals

Many students know that they want to study abroad but are not quite sure when, where, what, or how to study abroad.  Below are some questions and ideas to help you define your goals and narrow down what study abroad program(s) will work best for you. 

  • Why do I want to study abroad?
  • How long do I want to study abroad - a semester, year, summer, winter break or spring break?
  • Do I want to study a language?  What level of proficiency do I want to gain while abroad?
  • What kind of course requirements do I want/need to fulfill while abroad?
  • Do I want to go with a faculty member from WU or do I want to work with faculty from the host University?
  • Do I want to go abroad with many other WU students or do I want to go with only a few other WU students?
  • Do I want to study at a University or do I want to consider an internship opportunity abroad?
  • How will study abroad help me achieve my goals at WU, in my future career, and in my life?

Minimum Requirements for Study Abroad

  • At the time the application is submitted all WU study abroad participants must be currently enrolled, be in good standing, and have completed a minimum of 12 hours at WU with an average letter grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or higher.  However, some programs have higher GPA and/or additional eligibility requirements.
  • Students on academic probation may not participate.
  • Students may not be eligible to apply for a scholarship to a program that departs after graduation.
  • All non-faculty led programs must be credit bearing.
  • Students must work with an accredited institution.
  • Students may not travel to a country with a US State Department Warning.
  • Students must abide by the Study Abroad Code of Conduct during their program.

Find Your Program

WU offers a wide variety of study abroad options around the world. Programs vary in type, length, area of study, and cost. Explore the types of programs below to find the program that best meets your academic needs, professional goals, and personal interest for study abroad.
Programs are categorized as follows:


Virtual Study Abroad and Global Internship Programs are unique opportunities to develop your cultural competence and career readiness though online courses or remote internships with WU affiliates.  While these programs cannot completely replace an in-country experience, virtual and online programs can provide you with new global perspectives and invaluable new knowledge/skills.
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.  Students pay the host 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, Internship, or Teach Abroad Programs allow you to engage in other experiences for one week to one year, either for credit or not for credit.

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