Study abroad will transform your college experience, your future career, your life! It is never too early to plan your study abroad.
Generation Study Abroad
In 2014, Washington State University joined Generation Study Abroad, a nationwide initiative to increase the number of students learning in other countries. This commitment aligns with WSU’s strategic goal to graduate globally engaged citizens.
WSU has pledged to increase the number of students studying abroad annually to 1,000 by 2019.
We are committed to supporting students to go abroad by expanding opportunities, encouraging college commitment, increasing funding and eliminating barriers.
A global experience adds meaningful skills to a student’s résumé, broadens perspectives, and builds language and cultural competencies.
Jan. 15, 2016
By Catherine Kruse
If you think Pullman winters are wet and windy, try living in Ireland. What it lacks in ice, it makes up for in wind and rain.
This semester, I decided to study abroad in Galway, Ireland, at the local campus for the National University of Ireland (NUIG). In this column I will share the different experiences I have while studying abroad and share tips with students planning to do the same.
I won’t lie, studying abroad isn’t entirely glamorous. Coordinating international travel, wrestling through bureaucratic tape and coping with jet lag aren’t easy, but already I’m convinced it was worth it.
For one thing, it’s fun. Always fun.
But the preparations can be tedious and require a lot of paperwork. I chose to go through a program provider called CEA. I won’t divulge into my personal opinion of the program, but I will say I had several documents I had to turn in for the application.
This is everything from official transcripts to personal statements. Then, after approval, I had even more documentation to submit for both CEA and the WSU study abroad office.
The pre-departure process requires almost constant communication with advisors, directors and site specialists.
But it all became worth it when I finally landed in the Shannon Airport.
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Photo of downtown Galway, Ireland (courtesy of Catherine Kruse)
Daily Information Sessions
Global Cougs 101 is a 45-minute information session that covers international opportunities at WSU and abroad, as well as the basics of studying abroad—beginning with how to choose a program that will fit your interests and goals. It is the perfect way to get started. Please contact the Global Learning Department to sign up for a session.
Financing Study Abroad
It may be easier to afford study abroad than you think. Funding is available from a variety of sources. WSU can adjust your financial aid package to help cover a study abroad program.
All WSU students who have studied abroad during the past year are invited to enter our photo contest.
Your photo will be seen here—and winning photos will also be professionally framed and displayed on campus.
Submit your photo through the online application.
Choose a Category for your Photo
You can enter 1 photo in each category.
Landmarks & Landscapes
Photographs of you discovering important natural or urban landmarks, architecture, or landscapes.
Discovering Local Culture
Photographs of traditions, people, festivals, sports, dress, or other activities relevant to the host culture.
Cougar Pride Abroad
Photographs of Cougs sporting WSU gear abroad.
Photographs of learning in and outside the classroom (e.g., excursions, field trips, internships, service or volunteer projects, etc). Also, learning from the host culture or sharing your culture with others.
That Ah-hah! Moment
Photographs that capture something you saw or experienced while abroad that significantly affected or inspired you. For this entry, your written explanation of the photo, its significance, and the impact it had on you is as important as the photo itself.
Eligible photo submissions will be shown on the WSU Office of International Programs Study Abroad website.
- Images must be no larger than 2mb with a resolution of at least 240dpi.
- Only fully completed entry forms will be reviewed by the judges.
- One winner will be selected in each category. All contestants will be notified of the results by email.
- Winning photos will be professionally printed, framed, and displayed on campus (and on WSU websites). When the on-campus display period ends, you will receive the framed display print of your photo.