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Where Do I Start?

There are 4 primary types of study abroad programs: faculty-led programs, exchanges, provider programs, and internships.

Start with Global Cougs 101

Global Cougs 101 is a 45-minute information session that covers the basics of studying abroad – starting with how to choose a program that will fit your personal interest and you academic and professional goals.

You will also get valuable tips on applying for study abroad programs, finding scholarships, using financial aid for study abroad, and more.

Global Cougs 101 is now available in a distance-delivery format! In response to current social distancing guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, WSU Global Learning has developed an online version of Global Cougs 101.

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Faculty-Led Programs

These programs are designed specifically for WSU students by WSU faculty and take place all over the world. These programs are offered throughout the year, and range from 10 days to a semester in length.

In a faculty-led program, you will study, live, and travel with other WSU students—and you have the advantage of learning from a WSU faculty member who specializes in the program’s subject of study.

Courses are generally upper-division (300-400 level) and major-specific, and are usually taught in English.

While some programs are sustained year to year, others may be offered periodically or be one-time opportunities. Contact us if you have questions and be sure to sign up for a Global Cougs 101 session.

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These programs are based on agreements between WSU and foreign institutions. They are immersive experiences in which WSU students take courses directly from the partner institution, get acquainted with the local culture, and where weekends and holidays are free to explore. Exchanges are typically a semester or year in duration. Summer exchanges may be available.

As with most study abroad programs, educational systems and levels of student services can vary and may be different from what you are used to at WSU. Students are encouraged to be independent and willing to seek out assistance at their host institution. While a knowledge of the host language is useful, it is usually not required because most exchange courses are taught in English.

Exchanges are divided into 2 categories, Bilateral Exchange Programs and ISEP (the International Student Exchange Program). Bilateral exchanges are 1-to-1 exchanges with a partner institution and ISEP functions as a consortium of exchange partners. Due to the nature of exchanges, applications may be competitive, as there are a limited number of spaces available each year. Contact us if you have questions and be sure to sign up for a Global Cougs 101 session.

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Provider Programs

These programs are provided by third-party organizations that work closely with WSU and with universities abroad. Programs vary in duration; most often they are a summer, a semester, or a year in length.

Most provider programs have a predetermined number of openings and offer admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying early may increase the likelihood that you can get your preferred housing and course options.

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Basic Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA (some programs may have higher requirements)
  • Typically, no previous foreign language study is required


Education abroad application fees: $150 per semester (fall and spring); $75 (summer)
Fees are subject to change.

Program provider fee: Paid directly to the program sponsor, this fee typically includes tuition, room and board, excursions, and administrative costs. Be sure to consult the provider’s brochure or website for more information.

Miscellaneous expenses: Airfare, local transportation, books, etc. Expenses vary depending on the study location and the nature of the program.

Affiliated Programs

WSU Office of International Programs works with more than 20 international education organizations to provide more than 1,700 education-abroad choices for you.

Automatic Discounts

Several study abroad providers offer automatic discounts to students from WSU.


Internships are a great way to gain international work experience and earn academic credit. Internship programs can range from 2 weeks to a year, and could take place anywhere in the world at any time.

Many study abroad providers build internships into their programs, allowing students to gain work experience in their field while also receiving academic credit. Internships abroad can also be arranged through WSU departments or through other accredited institutions.

Typically, internships abroad are nonpaid, although a few organizations do offer paid positions.

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Additional Opportunities

Service Learning abroad allows you to integrate what you learn in the classroom with real-world field experience and reflection within a host community. You can make a difference in the lives of others while experiencing your own personal growth and intercultural competence.

You can also volunteer and work abroad, but usually not for academic credit. Here are few resources to help you find these hands-on programs. Your Global Learning advisor can help you find the right program for you.

  • MyStudyAbroad allows you to search for internships through WSU study abroad program providers
  • Center for Civic Engagement partners with organizations around the world for global civic engagement and service learning
  • is your one-stop internship information page
  • GoinGlobal provides global Country Career Guides that offer internship and employment resources throughout the world
  • Idealist has a huge searchable database of international jobs and internships organized by geographic area, type of work and others.

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