Global Learning Programs

Western’s Global Learning (GL) programs are credit-bearing academic courses that take place at least partially in a country other than the U.S. and are codified in University policy POL-U2105.01. They are intended to be an integral part of a student’s learning experience at Western and to maintain the same level of quality as on-campus learning. Therefore, the program’s destination should be an integral part of the curricular design and be in alignment with the faculty member’s expertise and travel experience. These programs of study may involve classroom time, field projects, service learning, interning, data collection, or the interviewing of human subjects. As with any academic course, it is expected that there will be graded assignments, activities, or projects. It is also expected that no more than 20% of group time will be spent on activities unrelated to the academic goals of the program.

Global Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will demonstrate the relevancy of course study to a destination outside of the U.S.
  2. Students will demonstrate an awareness of differences that they encounter in the country they visit.
  3. Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of the culture(s) they visit.

Global Learning Program Deadlines

Please submit this Global Learning Program Proposal Form for any of the following deadlines.

For Programs Taught Abroad During Summer 2025
Early Bird Deadline: August 1, 2024
Regular Deadline: October 15, 2024

For Programs Taught Abroad During Academic Year 2025-26
Early Bird Deadline: October 15, 2024
Regular Deadline: January 15, 2025

Interested in Developing a Proposal

If you have questions or are interested in the possibility of developing a program, please reach out to Ashley Hollenbeck in the Education Abroad office at WWU.