Wilkes University

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Wilkes Colonels Abroad!  You can be one of them! 

As a liberal arts institute, Wilkes University values scholars that are broadly-trained, critical thinkers, and skilled communicators. The Study Abroad Office works to give all students opportunities to have experiences abroad whether these experiences are a week, summer, or semester-long. The Study Abroad Office is here for you!

Mission and Goals of the Study Abroad Office

Pursuant to the GATEWAY TO THE FUTURE STRATEGIC PLAN, the mission of the Wilkes University Study Abroad Office is to encourage and support study abroad experiences that are safe, immersive, and academically sound.

The goals of the Study Abroad Office are to:

What is the student exchange program?

Wilkes University hosts students from all over the world! In return, the student exchange program allows Wilkes students to visit host institutions at the same cost they pay at Wilkes University

Spain | University of Navarra
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona Spain. This program offers courses in business, economics, management and agriculture. Courses are in English and Spanish. You can even take Spanish 101 there as well!  Applications for the Fall semester start in early May and end in June.  Watch a video here!
Colombia | Icesi University

ICESI University is a private university in Cali, Colombia and offers courses in business, natural sciences, humanities and health. Courses are in Spanish but this internationalized campus has students from all over the world. 

UK | University of Wales at Trinity St. David 

University of Wales at Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in the United Kingdom has several campuses that are available to students. This program offers courses in business, education, cultural studies, history, creative writing, social justice, sports health, outdoor education, environmental science, and many more. UWTSD offers a pick up at airport, cultural trips, housing (information here), and academic services. Interested students work with the Wilkes University Study Abroad Director and academic advisor to select courses within one area. Deadline for the Fall semester is May 1 and October 1 for the Spring semester. Please note that majors and classes in the UK are referred to as courses and modules, respectively.  A Tier 4 Visa might be required but these rules change often. 

UK | University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham, England offers a study abroad program with a long-standing reputation for attracting high quality students from across the world. The University of Birmingham offers a wide array of courses in engineering, environmental science, biology, business, and many more (information on majors available here). Please note that majors and classes in the UK are referred to as courses and modules, respectively. A Tier 4 Visa might be required but these rules change often.
Dominican Rupublic | Universidad Iberoamicana (UNIBE)
UNIBE is a private university located in the heart of Santo Domingo.  Classes across a wide range of curricula are offered in both Spanish and English.

For more information on these programs and how to apply, contact Dr. Jeffrey A. Stratford at jeffrey.stratford@wilkes.edu

Costa Rica

Dr. Andrew Miller (3 credits)

As an international service-learning course, this class will work with the El Coco community of Northwestern Costa Rica on their ecotourism development plan. Students will assist the El Coco Chamber of Commerce with a variety of tasks including an ecotourism business plan, sustainability projects and improvement of green areas in and around the town.

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Vienna, London, Kent, Beckenham, extension to Amsterdam

Dr. Robert Bohlander (3 credits, meets once/week)  

 Explore the origins of psychology in Europe and investigate the sensational role that Freud played in the late 19th century. An Austrian native and graduate of the esteemed University of Vienna, Freud's groundbreaking ideas around psychoanalysis were most influential in London. A short stroll through Freud's home reveals how he and the likes of Carl Jung changed the face of the doctor-patient relationship. Students can do the tour and then take PSY 398 History of Psychology in Europe course the spring.  

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Tropical Ecology

Dr. Jeff Stratford 

BIO 398 (3 credits for course and trip and 1 credit for trip only) 

During the semester, students will learn about ecological and conservation issues related to the tropics. This course covers lowland rainforest, seasonal tropical forests, paramo (high altitude) vegetation, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. Throughout semester, students will be introduced to various foods native to Latin America. At the end of the semester, one week will be spent in lowland forest and another week in a different habitat (the Galapagos Islands, for instance). This course runs every 3 to 4 years. Estimated cost: $4500. 

Munich, Zurich, Vienna

Dr. Wagiha Taylor

BA 464 International Business Experience
Spring Break – (3 credits) variety of European countries.

The International Business trip is offered in the spring semester. You will explore business strategies and cultures of the countries visited; which will introduce you to an exciting learning opportunity.

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Dr. Paula Bianco
SP 298/398 (6 credits)
This experience combines classroom and experiential learning in Cuzco, Peru. Spanish curriculum is customized to match individual learning goals associated with the experiential learning choice. Students are able to participate in a variety of opportunities including ESL, health sciences, and child services. Excursions to Machu Pichu, Rainbo Mountains and more!  Course runs every other year. Estimated cost is $2700 including flight.    


Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison  

 HST 298: Malaysia’s Modernity (3 credits) 

Steeped in tradition yet technologically advanced, multicultural Malaysia is the ideal place to study a non-western but English-speaking culture. This 3-credit semester long course concludes with an optional 2-week faculty-led trip [at an extra fee] that includes the futuristic capital Kuala Lumpur, the relaxing beaches of Penang, the elephant reserve, holy caves, temples and mosques—and 3 days in the oldest primary rainforest on earth.  Students have described the experience as “unforgettable” and “eye-opening.”

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Learn more about the application process, application requirements for each program, and more including information.

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To begin the application process, please discuss your plans with your academic advisor. Then come in and talk to the study abroad director.  

Summer and Semester Abroad

(without Wilkes Faculty) 

Global| American Institute for Foreign Study

American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers study abroad programs during the semester, summer and winter break, including internships and volunteer opportunities in more than 20 countries

Global| The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University

The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University offers courses, internships, and research opportunities around the globe.

Global| CAPA The Global Education Network

CAPA The Global Education Network offers courses and internships in 7 international locations. Wilkes students receive a $600 scholarship off semester programs and $300 scholarship off summer programs.

Global| International Studies Abroad

International Studies Abroad (ISA) offers courses around the world. All Wilkes students recieve a $200 scholarship. 

Spain and Peru | Dr. Paola Bianco

6 credits transferable to Wilkes University. Courses can be used to fulfill Spanish Concentration. Please contact Dr. Bianco for more information. The Spain experience requires a Consortium Agreement form if a student is requesting financial aid. Both Spain and Peru experiences require the Request-to-Tranfer-Credit form to be completed.  

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