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. 

Info Session:

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.

Info Session:

 

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.

Info Session:

4 p.m. Thursday October 30 | VU 462B

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:

3 p.m. Thursday November 13 | 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.

 

 

Info Session:

5 p.m., Wednesday, November 5 | CH135

5 p.m. Wednesday, November 12 |CH 135

4 p.m. Thursday, November 13 | CH135

5 p.m. Wednesday, November 19 | CH135

Contact:
Charles Ashbaugh

 

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Spring Break 2015 - Tentative Programs

MexicoMexico/Arizona

FAIR 397J
US-Mexico Border Field Course


Info Session:

 

Contact:
Shirley Osterhaus


New OrleansUSA:
New Orleans

ENVS 368
Nature, Culture and the City

Info Session:

Contact:
Paul Stangl

Summer 2015

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

 


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.

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Nicholas Margaritis


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 27, 2015
Return session dates: July 28-31, 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.

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Michael Frass

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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.

Info Session:

2:30 p.m. Wednesday November 5 | CH137

5 p.m. Wednesday November 12 | CH137

Contact:
Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.

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Past Programs

Canada:
Study Canada Summer Institute

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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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)
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:


Contact:
Christina Keppie

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GuatemalaGuatemala:
Building Cross-Cultural Connections

CSD 437
Building Cross-Cultural Connections in Guatemala


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.

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Michael Frass

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India:
Himalaya Culture & Ecology

FAIR437b
Field Program in Ladakh, India

 

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: Orientation (Bellingham) June 23 - 27, 2014
Travel dates: July 2 – August 12, 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:

Contact:
Charlie Ashbaugh

Liz Mogford

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Italy:
Tuscan Language and Culture

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.

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Dr. Massimiliano
Tomasi

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Barcelona

Mexico:
Tropical Marine Biology

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. 

Info Session:

Contact:
Alejandro Acevedo Deborah Donovan Benjamin Miner

 

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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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Session 3
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Barcelona

Mexico:
ELLs in Mexico

ELL 437A Methods and Materials for Teaching ELLs in Grades P-12 and/or ELL 437B 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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Contact:

Jennifer Green

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Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda

Rwanda:
Field Studies and Collaborative International Service Learning

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:

 

Contact:
Tim Costello

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Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation in Peru

Peru:
Ecotourism: Community, Culture and Conservation


RECR 437B Ecotourism in Peru

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:

 

Contact:
Jasmine Goodnow

 

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BarcelonaSpain:
Discover Culture, Language and Philosophy in Barcelona

LING 237B Introduction to Linguistic Science; PHIL 237A Introduction to Philosophy: Moral Issues and Global Justice

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!

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Kristin Denham

Ned Markosian

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OregonUSA:
Ecological Methods and Research in Oregon

BIOL 408/409 Ecological Methods/Research Reptile Ecology

12 credits (6 credits each)
Course dates: June 17 - July 31, 2014
Travel dates: June 24 – July 18, 2014

Join Western faculty and students traveling to the Oregon Great Basin Desert. During this course students will obtain experience in theory and practice of field research, particularly in reptile ecology. Students measure distribution and abundance of a few focal species of reptiles in three habitats. Also in this course, students will work on small team research projects in behavioral and physiological ecology of reptiles.

Info Session:

 

Contact:
Roger A. Anderson

Travel Application

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San FranciscoUSA:
San Francisco Neighborhood Geography and Planning

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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WyomingUSA:
Wild 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.

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Contact:
Wendy Walker

 

 

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