Study Abroad Program | Western Technical College

Study Abroad Program

Change the way you see the world!

Western offers short-term and trimester-long opportunities for you to enhance your college experience through credit-based study abroad. Students interested in the short-term opportunity will take a two-credit course at Western and participate in a 10-day international excursion. Students interested in an immersive experience can spend a trimester studying abroad at one of several international locations. 

Option 1: Two-Credit Course (with International Travel)

Students who are interested in learning about other cultures may apply for an opportunity to enroll in a two-credit course (focused on intercultural communication and travel).

The course will run during the second half of the spring term. Then, students will participate in a 10-day international excursion in May. Finally, students will use what they experience during the trip to complete a final course project. A final grade will be assigned after the excursion is complete.

To be eligible for the two-credit Study Abroad course, you must have:

  • Completed at least 12 credits at Western by the end of fall term
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 2.75

Spring 2019 Program Details
The spring program includes a 10-day excursion to Italy (Florence, Venice, and Rome). View the tentative itinerary.

Application Deadline
Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure a spot in the program. The early/preferred application deadline is November 27, 2018. The final deadline is January 8, 2019.

Program Cost
The approximate cost is $3,650*, which includes airfare and transportation, hotel costs, and some meals. (Other meals, personal expenses and spending money, as well as tuition for the two-credit class are not included in this fee.) 

Western students may opt to participate in fundraising activities through the Western Study Abroad Club to offset the expense. Financial aid may also be available.

*This cost may fluctuate slightly depending on the size of the group and rooming preferences.

For More Information
Please contact the program coordinator, Linda Duffy, at duffyl@westerntc.edu with questions or to set up an in-person or online meeting.

Western students and a faculty advisor traveled to Scotland and England for a 10-day excursion in 2017. Read about their adventure.

Option 2: Full-Term (or Summer Session) Study Abroad

Through a unique partnership with the Illinois Consortium for International Study Programs, Western students may apply to study abroad at one of several international locations:

  • Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria
  • Costa Rican Language Academy in San Juan, Costa Rica
  • Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England
  • University of Burgundy in Dijon, France
  • English & Foreign Languages University in Hyderabad, India
  • Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland
  • College of Seville in Seville, Spain

To be eligible for the semester Study Abroad program, you must have:

  • Completed at least 12 credits of college-level coursework
  • Earned a B or better in a composition course (English 1 or English Composition 1)
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 2.75

Program Overview
Eligible students may apply to study abroad sessions during the fall, spring, or summer sessions. Students will choose from a list of available courses, which vary by term.

Generally, students will complete 12-15 credits in the fall or spring term, or 3-9 credits during a summer term. Course availability and term start/end dates will vary by year and by location.

Application Deadline
The application deadline for each location varies:

  • Applications for fall term study abroad are due in May.
  • Applications for spring term study abroad are due in October.
  • Applications for summer term study abroad are due in February.

Please contact the program coordinator, Linda Duffy, for an application/course list.

Program Cost
Cost for each study abroad opportunity will vary depending on the location, the term, and the number of credits for which a student is enrolled.

Students who receive financial aid may apply their aid to a study abroad program.

For More Information
Please contact the program coordinator, Linda Duffy, at duffyl@westerntc.edu with questions or to set up an in-person or online meeting to find out more.

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