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 may apply during the fall term for an opportunity to enroll in a two-credit spring course (focused on intercultural communication) that culminates in an international excursion.

The classroom work for the course will take place during the second half of the spring term. Shortly after the term concludes, you will participate in a trip abroad (approximately 10 days).  Students will use what they experience during the trip to complete a final course project, and a course grade will be assigned approximately two weeks 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 2020 Program Details

The spring 2019 program includes an 11-day excursion to Spain that will occur in mid-May.

View the flyer and 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, 2019. The final deadline is December 9, 2019.

View the application.

Program Cost

The approximate cost for this international excursion is $3,735*, which includes airfare and inter-city transportation, hotel costs, some meals and tours. (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 their expenses. 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 for more information.

Option 2: Full-term Study Abroad

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

Summer 2020:

  • Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria
  • Costa Rican Language Academy in San Juan, Costa Rica
  • University of Burgundy in Dijon, France
  • Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland
  • College of Seville in Seville, Spain

Fall 2020 or Spring 2021:

  • Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England
  • Salzburg College in Salzburg, Austria
  • Carlow College in Carlow, Ireland
  • College of Seville in Seville, Spain

Program Overview

Eligible students may apply to study abroad during the fall, spring, or summer sessions. The courses in which students can enroll vary by location and from term to term. However, most available courses would fill general studies or elective requirements.

Students will enroll through Western Technical College, and the course name and grade from the study abroad session will appear on their Western transcript.

Generally, students will complete 12-15 credits in the fall or spring term (which spans 15 to 16 weeks), or 6 credits during a summer term (which spans 4 to 5 weeks).

Application Deadline

The application deadline for each location varies slightly:

  • 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 administrator, Linda Duffy, for specific dates for each term.

Program Cost

Cost for each study abroad opportunity will vary by location, term, and 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 to find out more.