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:
- Develop programs that increase the accessibility of study abroad for all students
- Increase the international footprint at Wilkes University by developing exchange programs
- Work closely with academic units to better match study abroad programs with discipline specific goals
- Partner with Wilkes University's Office of International Engagement, Civic Engagement, and the Center for Global Education and Diversity
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
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
For more information on these programs and how to apply, contact Dr. Jeffrey A. Stratford at email@example.com.
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.
Dr. John Hepp
Join Professor John Hepp for an interdisciplinary and intercultural experience studying history and culture in London, England, one of the great cities of the world. This is a spring semester course with up to three credits in history that includes seven days and six nights in London in March. There are two sections of this study tour. Wilkes students may take a section of this class (which is combined with online assignments) to fulfill the History 101 general education requirement. Another section, open to all majors, is History 398/498, "London as a Global City," which will consider how London's history has helped shape the modern metropolis we see today. To make the most of your experience, no more than sixteen students will be admitted to both classes. Be forewarned, we will be walking a lot on this study tour! Students will meet once for a pre-planning meeting at the end of the fall semester, on the day in March the trip leaves for London, every day whilst in London, and three times during the spring semester.
Dr. Jeff Stratford
BIO 398 (4 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.
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.”
Learn more about the application process, application requirements for each program, and more including information.
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 countriesGlobal| 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.