Faculty-led Global Learning Programs

Study language, culture, and explore service learning as part of your Western experience with Faculty-led Global Learning Programs.

Faculty-led Global Learning Programs provides ways for students to travel and study with Western faculty and earn Western credits with various programs throughout the year.

 

Fall 2014

ChinaChina:
Changing China

SOC 437
Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship

 

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: September 24 - October 7, 2014
Travel dates: October 20 - November 12, 2014

Join Western faculty and Western students on this study abroad experience of a lifetime and gain a global perspective on one of the oldest civilizations with the fastest economic growth rate in the world. This course will serve as a window through which the students can experience and understand multifaceted nature of change and continuity in Chinese society today. 

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Contact:

Baozhen Luo

 

 

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Costa RicaCosta Rica:

RECR 337B: Eco-Adventure and Cultural Tourism

 

 

 

4 credits
Pre-departure Dates: Carver Gym 110; September 29, 2014 & November 2, 2014 from 3-5 p.m. (WWU AND ONLINE)
Travel dates: December 15 - 29, 2014

Join Western students and faculty for this hands-on international ecotourism. Students will participate in a variety of adventure and cultural activities illustrating how ecotourism is a useful tool for promoting local economic development, strengthening communities, conserving the environment, and empowering/preserving culture/heritage. 

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Contact:
Jasmine Goodnow

 

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Himalayas, India

India:
Global Health in the
Himalayas

FAIR 437d 
Medical Services in Rural Communities

 

15 credits
Pre-departure session dates: September 22-29, 2014
Travel dates: October 1 – November 30, 2014

Global Health in the Himalayas is an intensive two-month field program that encompasses studies in health care delivery and public health in an international context. Under the guidance of medical professionals, it will deepen your understanding of medicine and public health by facilitating its practical application in a field setting. A primary focus will be on how Himalaya communities respond to critical social and health challenges, in ways that promote sustainability and well-being.

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Contact:

Dr. Frank James
Charlie Ashbaugh

 

 

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Hawaii

USA:
Hawaii

ENVS 368  
Exploring Great Cities: Honolulu - Sustainability in Paradise

 

4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: TBD
Travel dates: December 14 – 21, 2014

Join Dr. Patrick Buckley, WWU Department of Environmental Studies faculty, for this 4-credit, winter break course to Honolulu Hawaii. You will spend 8 days and 7 nights exploring this tropical urban center.

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Contact:
Patrick Buckley

 

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Winter 2015

Kenya

Kenya: INTL 437H
Field Studies and Collaborative
International Service-Learning

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: January 6 - 16, 2015
Travel dates: January 19 - March 2, 2015

Join Western faculty and students this winter for a service learning program in Kenya. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences to gain an understanding of the culture and politics of the region.

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Contact:
Tim Costello

 

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IrelandIreland:
International Adult Education Service Learning In Ireland 

AHE 437 International Adult Education Service Learning In Ireland


5 credits
Pre-departure session dates: January 6 - February 17, 2015 (campus and online)
Travel dates: February 20 - March 2, 2015
Return session dates: March 3 - 10, 2015 (Online)

Travel to Dublin this winter with Western and participate in a service learning experience in an international adult education setting. Students will collaborate with international community and adult learning providers to design and/or facilitate adult education workshops to accomplish local educational goals. Pre-Fieldwork coursework also offers comparative analysis of international adult education policies and practices.   

Info Session:

5 p.m. Wednesday, November 19 CH135

Contact:
Deb Nelli

 

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ThailandThailand/Burma 2015

FAIR 437A
Discover SE Asia: Field Research and Service-Learning

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: January 5 - 9, 2015
Travel dates: January 13 - March 6, 2015

Discover Southeast Asia is an intensive two-month field program that explores environmental and social justice issues in Northern Thailand and Burma. It will introduce you to Southeast Asia’s incredible diversity of culture and environment; a place of a saffron clad monks, steamy tropical jungles and ancient civilizations.

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Contact:
Charles Ashbaugh

 

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Spring Break 2015

MexicoMexico/Arizona

FAIR 397J
US-Mexico Border Field Course


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Contact:
Shirley Osterhaus


IrelandNew Orleans:
Nature, Culture & the City

ENVS 368 Nature, Culture & the City


 

4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: January 12, February 27, March 2, 2015
Travel dates: March 20-28, 2015

Join Western faculty and students on this examination of New Orleans’ historic development & contemporary culture, focusing on the relationship between the physical city, its natural setting, its culture and industry. We will look particularly at how culture works as a mediating force shaping the use of nature as a resource, and attempts to reduce its threats to life and property, as well as the intended and unintended consequences of human activities and their impacts on culture.

Info Session:

3:30 p.m. Monday November 3 | CH137

3:30 p.m. Monday November 10 | CH137

Contact:
Paul Stangl

 

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Summer 2015

BarcelonaCanada:
French Language and Cultures in Montreal, Canada

FREN 337a French Language in Montreal & FREN 337b French Culture in Montreal

8 credits (4 credits each)

Travel/international location dates: July 11-August 1, 2015
Return session dates: First week of fall quarter

Join Western faculty and students on this faculty-led program to Canada for students of French. A 4-week program in Montréal, home to the second-largest French-speaking community in the world.  Students will be hosted by the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) which has had a strong relationship with our Canadian-American Studies Program for many years. Our UQAM contacts are graciously assisting us in the planning of student housing, meals, local transportation, and other program-related expenses.

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Contact:
Christina Keppie

 

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Germany:
Summer Design Abroad

DSGN 375
Summer Design in Germany & Switzerland

 

7 credits
Pre-departure dates: May 29, June 5, August 21 and 24, 2015
Travel dates: August 26 – September 13, 2015

The Summer Design Abroad: Germany & Switzerland course is offered as an opportunity for students to gain an international perspective on contemporary design and an understanding and respect for the influential history of design within these European regions. The course will be comprised of tours of modern art and design museums, street art and galleries, and design studios; hands-on workshops with design professionals; excursions to historic landmarks

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Contact:
Kacey Morrow
Brittany Schade

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Greece:
Athens
Its Culture and Literature

ENG 337

 

 

6 Credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 23 – July 18, 2015
Travel dates: September 1 - 14, 2015
Return session dates: September 28, 2015

Travel with Western faculty and students while investigating some of the most important works of ancient Greek literature including the famous Greco-Roman myths. Students will study major genres and styles of Greek literature as well as the relationship of this literature to social and political phenomena. During the two-week itinerary in Greece, students will travel to locales, which are incontestably the most significant archaeological sites in the country.

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Contact:
Nicholas Margaritis

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Greece:
Sustainable Ithaca

ENVS 437P Mediterranean Sustainable Planning Studio

 

 

10 Credits
Pre-departure session dates: (Spring Quarter) TBD
Travel dates: June 30- July 14, 2015
Return session dates: August 1-24, 2015

Explore Mediterranean architecture and culture while performing fieldwork in the Aegean Islands and on the small coastal Ionian Island of Kioni Village in Ithaca, Greece. This hands-on study abroad program will treat students as entry-level professionals.

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Contact:
Nicholas Zaferatos

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GuatemalaGuatemala:
Building Cross-Cultural Connections

CSD 437
Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Guatemala


10 credits
Pre-departure dates: May 8-10, 2015 and June 23-26, 2015
Travel dates: June 28 - July 29, 2015
Return session dates: July 30 - August 1, 2015

Explore Guatemala and expand your cultural competence by engaging in cross-cultural service and immersion. Students will participate in worthwhile and meaningful service while working with children and families in educational, health and food distribution projects.

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Contact:
Michael Frass

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BarcelonaItaly:
Art in Italy

ART 394 - Art Workshop in Italy

7 credits
Travel dates : June 26 – July 17, 2015

Art Workshop in Italy is an intensive course that takes place in Central and Northern Italy. In this class students will explore Italian art and culture with an international perspective on contemporary art. This year the course will integrate aspects of art and architecture in Rome, Florence and Venice. Readings and studio–based projects will reflect on visits to sites, exhibitions, museums and galleries. Students at all levels are able to take this course.

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Contact:
Cara Jaye
Cynthia Camlin

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BarcelonaItaly:
Study food this summer in Italy

ENVS 437L Ecogastronomy Intensive: Food Culture in Italy

10 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 14-15, 2015 (with additional 2-5 meetings)
Florence, Italy: June 21-July 5, 2015
Optional excursion: Switzerland (June 18-21, 2015)
Return session dates: (July and August field trips – optional, individual meetings with Gigi, class  reunion in October)
Note: Course readings are completed (and students are examined) before the Italy portion; Course work is due in August

This food course begins with a culinary intensive in Bellingham, also available online, then moves to Florence, Italy, where students study Italian and food culture of Italy. Students also study at the prestigious University of Florence sensory taste sciences department.

Study is with renowned European faculty, Erminio Monteleone,Caterina Dinella, and Johannes Wirz (Switzerland excursion) as well as with Western professor, Gigi Berardi.

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Contact:
Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.

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BarcelonaMexico:
Mexico – Queretaro: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

 

 

9-14 credits, TESL Classes

Earn Western credits towards your degree AND a certificate that will qualify you to teach English around the world. Start TESOL courses at Western this spring and early summer (online or face-to-face) and complete the program with a four or eight-week cultural immersion and teaching experience in the beautiful Mexican city of Querétaro.

Info Session:


Contact:

Trish Skillman

 

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BarcelonaNepal: Religion, History, and Modernity in Nepal

LBRL 437: Kathmandu at the Crossroads Religion, History, and Modernity in Nepal

 

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 15-18, 2015
Travel/international location dates: July 27-August 31, 2015

Join us for an exciting immersion experience in the mountains of Nepal. Visit ancient temples, participate in timeless festivals, and learn conversational Nepali as we explore the Kathmandu Valley, a crossroads of culture and history.  The highlight of the trip is a two-week trek into the “forbidden kingdom” of Upper Mustang, a striking landscape where Tibetan Buddhism and the Bön religion flourish in caves and monasteries.  We will engage with the people there and learn about their struggle to balance tradition and a rapidly encroaching modernity.

Info Session:

4 p.m. Tuesday
December 2 | CH 135

Contact:
Michael Slouber

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South Africa:
Nongovernmental Organizations in Development

PLSC 437G and HSP 437G5

 

12 credits
Travel/international location dates : July 5 - August 20, 2015
Return session dates : September 30, 2015

Explore the growing role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in bringing social development to South Africa. Engage in a rich experiential learning opportunity highlighting the history, culture, and politics of the region, while exploring the challenges that South Africans face and their many assets that contribute to community development. Examine grassroots and (NGO)-initiated approaches to community development and apply these perspectives to your own academic area of interest. Contribute to the well-being of our host community, Kurland Village, in the Crags region of South Africa.

Info Session:

3:30 p.m. Thursday November 20 | MH258

 

Contact:
Vernon Johnson
John Korsmo

 

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