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At least two groups of Whitworth students each year travel abroad for a semester and study a set of related subjects with Whitworth faculty and native scholars. These "mini-colleges" abroad generally include 20-30 students and three or more professors over the course of the semester. The itinerary and content for the programs are customized depending on the faculty members who participate, so no two trips are alike. Students apply for the programs a year in advance and complete a semester-long preparatory course before going abroad.

Please contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) for more information on semester abroad programs.

C.S. Lewis "Field Trip"
This course will study the thought of C.S. Lewis as found in his philosophical, theological, and imaginative works...with a twist. The course will meet on Tuesday nights for the first half of the semester, but then will have a "field trip" to the U.K. to visit sites where Lewis lived and worked. (Students will have two days of class excused either before or after Spring Break as well for a total of 10 or 11 days of travel.) During this trip, students will visit Belfast, London, Oxford, and Cambridge. After returning home, the class will meet for one additional Tuesday night for an exam and debrief. The class will end five weeks before the end of the Spring semester. It may sound like a short trip, but students will be amazed how much they see and learn! Fulfills Humanities Requirement

France Study Program
The France Study Program: the first and longest-standing international study program. The France Study Program – the longest-running study abroad program in Whitworth’s history -- takes you all over France. You will travel from Toulouse to the Normandy beaches and the great abbey of Mont St Michel, from the monuments and museums of Paris to the cathedral of Chartres; from the Alsatian border with Germany to Nice and the French Riviera. You will learn France’s rich language, history, and art in company with your peers and your professors. Program will include 8 credits of French language, 4 credits of French history, and 4 credits of a Fine Arts course.

Tanzania Study Program
The Tanzania Study Program offers an immersive, locally-rooted study abroad experience that will allow you to study both biology and political science through your engagement with Tanzanian society and culture. You will stay with three different host families over the course of the semester which will help you to learn Swahili and allow you to build relationships that will last a lifetime. February will be spent in beautiful, ancient Stone Town on the island of Zanzibar where you will take an intensive Swahili course at the State University of Zanzibar. March and part of April will be spent inland, in the small city of Arusha, where you will take classes and learn about life in an African town. Each student will complete a 1-credit internship with a local NGO, business, or government office. From our base in Arusha we will take several overnight trips to destinations such as a Maasai boma and a rural village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will also go on a safari to the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. A highlight of the trip will be the opportunity to conduct biology field labs while camping just south of the gorgeous Tarangire National Park. The last weeks of the semester will be spent in the major city of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's commercial capital. While there we will go on walking tours of the city's historic streets, we will meet with representatives from the country's major political parties, and we will visit markets and a major factory. This trip provides an unforgettable opportunity to learn about one of the world's most fascinating - and rapidly developing - countries.
Courses offered:
Swahili (4 credits)
Core 350 (4 credits)
Contemporary East Africa (3 credits, Social Science Gen Ed or Upper-Division Political Science credit)
Conservation Biology in East Africa (4 credits, Natural Sciences Gen Ed or Upper-Division Biology credit)
Internship (1 credit, Political Science)