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.

Spring Break 2014

MexicoMexico/Arizona

FAIR 397J
US-Mexico Border Field Course


2 credits
March 20 - 29, 2014

Learn and understand what life is like for migrants in borderland communities. You will have the chance to study, learn and interact with many different groups and organizations on both sides of the Arizona and Sonora, Mexico border.

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Faculty:
Shirley Osterhaus

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New OrleansNew Orleans

ENVS 368
Nature, Culture and the City


 

4 credits
March 21 - 30, 2014

Immerse yourself in the local ecology and culture of New Orleans during this hands-on investigation. Find out about New Orleans' newly released 21st Century plan and its vision for livability, opportunity, sustainability and becoming a "green" city.

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

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Summer

Study Canada

C/AM 410
Study Canada

 

 

 

 

3 credits or 40 clock hours
June 26 - July 1, 2014 in Ottawa, ON and Montréal QC (2N)

Learn about Canada, its capital, and the distinct cultures that have formed the second largest nation in the world. Witness parliamentary democracy with special sessions in the Parliament Buildings and learn about the importance of Canada-US relations at the US Embassy. Develop a lesson plan on Canada that meets NCSS/state standards and receive multiple classroom materials that will help you improve curriculum connections to Canada.

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Contact:
Tina Storer

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Barcelona

Montreal, Canada

FR 337a and FR 337b French Language and Cultures

 

 

 

8 credits (4 credits each)
Pre-departure session dates: June 23-24, 2014
Travel dates: July 7-July 25, 2014

Join Western faculty and other students for a magnifique 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.

Info Session:

Tuesday, April 8
3:00 PM | CH 135

Faculty
Christina Keppie

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China

CHIN 237/CHIN 337 Chinese Language and Cultural Studies


 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure session dates: August 8, 2014
Travel dates: August 15 - September 13, 2014

Join Western faculty in an intensive study of Chinese language and culture in Beijing, China. Improve your language skills and advance your cultural competence further than you could accomplish in regular classroom teaching.

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Contact:
Janet Xing

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Greece, Ithaca

ENVS 437P Mediterranean Sustainable Planning Studio

 

 

 

10 Credits
Pre-departure session dates: (Spring Quarter) May 15 – June 14, 2014
Travel dates: July 6 - July 21, 2014
Return session dates: August 1 - August 31, 2014

Explore Mediterranean architecture and culture while performing fieldwork on the small coastal 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

CSD 437
Building Cross-Cultural Connections
 

 

 

10 credits
June 30- July 29, 2014

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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Himalayas

FAIR437b
Himalaya Culture & Ecology: Field Program in Ladakh, India

 

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: Orientation (Bellingham) June 16 - 20, 2014
Travel dates: June 23 – August 5, 2014

Join Western faculty and students on this remarkable journey to Himalayas. Western Washington University in association with the Institute for Village Studies offers students an in-depth, cross-cultural educational program in the Himalaya communities of Ladakh.

Info Session:

Tuesday, April 15
4:00 PM | CH 135

Wednesday, April 16
4:00 PM | CH 135

Contact:
Charlie Ashbaugh

Liz Mogford

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India - Business

IBUS 437 International Business Study Abroad in India

 

 

6 credits
Pre-departure session Dates: (Bellingham) June 24, 2-4 p.m.
Aug 25, 26, & 27; 9 a.m. -12 noon
Travel dates: September 1-17

 

Explore the interaction between business and the environment using India as a laboratory. Travel and study with students from business, Huxley College of the Environment and other WWU students. Learn to apply business skills in the changing economics and social environment of India.  Business principles cannot be learned and experienced without the context of a sustainable environment.

Students concerned with the environment will meet the business imperatives of a developing country.   By studying together, you will learn that many principles apply to both areas, and better understand the relationships between business and natural systems.

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Contact:
Dr. Joseph Correa

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https://studyabroad.wwu.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=11815Italy

ENG 337
From Text to Fresco: The great age of art in Italy

 

 

 

6 credits
Pre-departure session dates:  June 25-July 11, 2014
Travel dates:-September 1 - 14, 2014

Learn about the great age of art in Italy from Late Gothic to the high Renaissance. Travel with Western Faculty, Nicholas Margaritis, through the fascinating cities of Padova, Florence, Arezzo, Assisi, Orvieto and Rome.

Info Session:

 

Tuesday, April 15
3:00 PM | CH 135

Contact:
Nicholas Margaritis

 

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BarcelonaFlorence, Italy
Study food this summer in Italy

ENVS 437L Ecogastronomy Intensive
 

10 credits
WWU: June 16, 2014 (online option available)
Florence, Italy: June 22 - July 6,2014
Optional excursion: Switzerland (June 19 - 22, 2014)

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.

Info Session:

Tuesday April 15
5:00 PM | CH 135

Wednesday, April 16
5:00 PM | CH 135

Tuesday April 22
3:00 PM | CH 231

Thursday, May 1
4:00 PM | CH 135

Contact:
Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.

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Siena, Italy

ITAL 137A
First Year Italian
INTL 305
Tuscan Language and Culture

 

5 credits each
Travel dates: August 4 -24, 2014

Join Dr. Massimiliano Tomasi from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages for this 10-credit, four-week program including ITAL and INTL courses. This is the only Faculty-led Global Learning Program at Western where students can learn Italian on site, in a formal academic setting, and earn Western credits for the class.

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Contact:
Dr. Massimiliano
Tomasi

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Japan Art

Art 396/AHI 396 Summer Art
Art History Program in Japan 2014

 

7 credits
Travel dates: June 19 – July 8, 2014

Join Western faculty on this introduction to both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukui. Students will visit historical sites, galleries, artists’ studios, markets, museums, and department stores (well-known as transmitters of contemporary popular culture). They will also participate in dyeing and papermaking.

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Contact:
Seiko Atsuta Purdue
Julia Sapin


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Barcelona

Mexico

BIOL 437A and BIOL 437B
Tropical Marine Biology
 

 


12 credits
Travel dates: June 28 – August 3, 2014

Learn tropical marine biology in the Gulf of California, Mexico, along with Mexican students.  The Biology Department will offer a 12-credit upper-division course called Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 437A&B) during the summer of 2014 (June 28 through Aug 3) in La Paz, Mexico. 

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Faculty
Alejandro Acevedo Deborah Donovan Benjamin Miner

 

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BarcelonaMexico-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.

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Faculty

Trish Skillman

 

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Barcelona

ELL Methods in Mexico

ELL 434 Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Grades P-12 and/or ELL 435 Methods and Materials for Academic Language Proficiency in Grades P-12

5 credits each
Pre-departure session dates: May 16 or May 17, 2014
Travel dates: July 20 – August 24, 2014
Return session dates: September 4, 2014

Explore ELL Methods in Queretaro, Mexico this summer. Take language classes based on your level of Spanish and live with a host family for 5 weeks. Visit Mexican schools and teach English to ELLs, and discover innovative approaches to the teaching of language and literacy. 

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Faculty

Jennifer Green

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Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda

Rwanda

INTL 437I
Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda 

 

 

15 credits
Travel dates: June 24 – August 15, 2014

Join Western faculty and students to explore the history and cultures of Rwanda through a 9-week program that include intensive pre-trip preparation and seven weeks in country. Students will actively collaborate with in-country experts in the implementation of selected field experiences.

Info Sessions:

Wednesday, April 9 3:00 PM | Wilson 271

Thursday, April 10 3:00 PM | Wilson 271

Friday, April 11
12:00 PM | Wilson 271

Contact:
Tim Costello

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Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation in Peru

Peru

RECR 437B Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation

 

5 credits
Pre-departure dates: June 25-July 12, 2014  (WWU and online)
Travel dates: August 30 – September 21, 2014

Join Western Washington University on this remarkable Exploration Seminar into Peru's Cordillera Blanca (White Mountains), the Sacred Valley of the Incas and the Amazon to explore and investigate the issues of tourism and ecotourism and its environmental and cultural impacts and its power to help preserve natural area and the well-being of the people.

Info Sessions:

Thursday, April 17 3:00 PM | CH 135

Contact:
Jasmine Goodnow

 

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BarcelonaBarcelona

LING 237B
PHIL 237A
Discover Culture, Language and Philosophy in Barcelona

10 credits (5 credits each)
Travel dates: June 23 - July 25, 2014

Study philosophy and the diversity and complexity of language in an international environment and complete 10 GUR credits

Experience Barcelona with BarcelonaSAE!

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Contact:
Kristin Denham

Ned Markosian

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WyomingSan Francisco

ENVS 368
Exploring Great Cities
 

 

 


4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 16, 2014
Travel dates: June 19 – 28, 2014

Join Western faculty and students to explore neighborhoods in the San Francisco area and learn concepts and themes in urban geography and urban planning.

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

 

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WyomingWild Wyoming: Place-Based Environmental Learning

ENVS 496 Environmental Stewardship
ENVS 498C
Senior Project

10 credits (5 credits each)
Travel dates: September 3 - 17, 2014

Join Western faculty and students for an amazing  experience on a working guest ranch in Wyoming.  Students will work with a small learning community to develop a vision for a future environmental learning center.

Info Session:

Wednesday, April 16
3:00 PM | CH 135

Contact:
Wendy Walker

 

 

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Fall 2014

ChinaChina

SOC 437
Changing China: Culture, Community, and Citizenship

 

 

 

 

15 credits
Pre-departure dates: September 24 - October 7, 2014
Travel dates: October 14 - November 28, 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:

Luo Baozhen

 

 

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Himalayas, India

Himalayas, India

FAIR 437d 
Global Health in the Himalayas: 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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Winter 2015 - Tentative Programs

Kenya

Kenya/Rwanda:

INTL 437H
Field Studies and Collaborative
International Service-Learning

Info Session:

 

Faculty:
Tim Costello


ThailandThailand/India

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

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Faculty:
Charles Ashbaugh

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