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: Culture, Community, and Citizenship
SOC 437

 

 

 

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

Eco-Adventure and Cultural Tourism
RECR 337B

 

 

 

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 - Himalayas

Global Health in the Himalayas
FAIR 437D
 

 

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

Exploring Great Cities: Sustainability in Paradise
ENVS 368  

 

 

 

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

IrelandIreland - Dublin  

International Adult Education Service Learning In Ireland
AHE 437

 

 


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.   

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Contact:
Deb Nelli

 

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Kenya

Kenya

Field Studies and Collaborative
International Service-Learning
INTL 437H

 

 

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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ThailandThailand & Burma

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

 

 

 

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

Thomas Rhoden

 

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Spring Break 2015

MexicoMexico & USA

US-Mexico Border Field Course
FAIR 397J


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Contact:
Shirley Osterhaus


IrelandUSA - New Orleans

Nature, Culture & the City
ENVS 368


 

 

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.

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Contact:
Paul Stangl

 

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Summer 2015

BarcelonaCanada - Montreal

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

8 credits (4 credits each)
Pre-departure session dates: June 23 - 24, 2015
Travel dates: July 6-August 1, 2015

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 and Switzerland

Summer Design
DSGN 375

 

 

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 - Ithaca

Mediterranean Sustainable Planning Studio
ENVS 437P

 

 

 

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 in Guatemala
CSD 437

 

 


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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India - Ladakh

Himalya Culture and Ecology
FAIR437b / INTL 437B

 

 

 

12 credits
Pre-departure dates: June 15-19, 2015
Travel dates: June 23-August 2, 2015

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.

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Contact:
Charlie Ashbaugh

Liz Mogford

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BarcelonaItaly

Art Workshop in Italy
ART 394
 
 
 

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 - Florence

Ecogastronomy Intensive: Food Culture in Italy
ENVS 437L

 

 

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 - Queretaro

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Session 2
Session 3
Session 2 & 3

 

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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Contact:

Trish Skillman

 

Session 2
Session 3
Session 2 & 3


BarcelonaNepal

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

 

 

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.

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Contact:
Michael Slouber

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Field Studies and Collaborative Intl. Service Learning in Rwanda Rwanda

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

 

 

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 23 - 26, 2015  
Travel dates:  June 28 – August 14, 2015

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.

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Contact:
Tim Costello

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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.

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Contact:
Vernon Johnson
John Korsmo

 

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BarcelonaSpain - Barcelona

Discover Language and Culture in Barcelona
LING 237T

 

5 credits

Pre-departure session dates: TBD
Travel dates: June 29- August 1, 2015
Return session dates: TBD

Explore the diversity and complexity of language. Examine the key building blocks of all human language—phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics. See these components at work in social contexts as we learn about and discuss various aspects of language variation, language change, and language acquisition. Question assumptions about language and consider the relationships between language and cultural attitudes. Barcelona will offer us a unique opportunity to explore aspects of language in a new environment and to compare English to Catalan and to Spanish throughout.

Experience Barcelona with BarcelonaSAE!

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Contact:
Kristin Denham

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San FranciscoUSA – San Francisco

Exploring Great Cities: Neighborhood Geography and Planning
ENVS 368

 

4 credits
Pre-departure session dates: June 15, 2015
Travel dates: June 18 – 27, 2015

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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