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.

Please see the International Programs and Exchanges page for all international programs starting fall 2015.

Summer 2015

Study CanadaCanada

K-12 Study Canada
C/AM 410


3 credits
Travel dates: June 22-26, 2015

Earn 3 Western credits or 40 WA state professional development clock hours this summer. Witness history and trans-border cultural connections come to life during special activities in both Seattle and Victoria. Develop your own standards-based lesson plan on Canada and discuss curriculum with peers. And participate in a series of core content sessions at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle and the B.C. Legislative Assembly.

Info Session:


Tina Storer 


Learn More

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.

Info Session:


Christina Keppie


Learn More

BarcelonaCanada - Salish Sea

Redfish School of Change: Sustainability in the Salish Sea
ENVS 482, ENVS 498C,

12 credits
Pre-departure session dates: July 8, 2015
Travel dates: July 8 - August 15, 2015

Join us for an extraordinary six-week field course as we cycle, kayak, boat and walk, visiting the coastal communities of the Salish Sea in British Columbia and Washington State.  Explore strategies for creating ecological sustainability and social equity with passionate educators and other inspiring change-makers on both sides of the international border. Then get ready to take effective action
in your community

Info Session:

Nick Stanger

Learn More

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:


Nicholas Margaritis

Learn More

BarcelonaItaly - Florence

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 in the renowned sensory taste science laboratory of Caterina Dinella and Erminio Monteleone of the University of Florence and Johannes Wirz (Natural Sciences section of the Goetheanum, Switzerland excursion) as well as with Western professor, Gigi Berardi.

Info Session:


Gigi Berardi, Ph.D.

Learn More

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.

Info Session:


Trish Skillman


Session 2
Session 3
Session 2 & 3

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:


Vernon Johnson
John Korsmo


Learn More

BarcelonaUSA - New York City

Metro Art Access
ART 497




6 credits
Committed Students info session dates: 4/8, 5/6, 5/27
Travel dates: June 23 – July 3, 2015
Return session dates: 7/8 (B Gallery Exhibition Dates in Fall 2015 TBD)

This 6-credit course offers Art/Non-Majors the opportunity to visit New York City with two practicing artists and faculty members familiar with the city. Students will participate in a variety of activities ranging from touring major public museums and institutions, such as The MET, MoMA, and the new Whitney Museum of American Art designed by Renzo Piano (opening spring of 2015), to exclusive visits with artists, curators, and gallery owners. Using NYC as the classroom, students will learn by experiencing celebrated historic and contemporary art in one of the world's largest art centers. Repeatable. No prerequisites required.

Info Session:


Garth Amundson

Pierre Gour


Learn More

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.

Info Session:


Paul Stangl


Learn More

Page Updated 05.27.2015