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Study-Abroad Opportunities

French | Spanish | Chinese | German | Swahili

Opportunities are for faculty-led January/May-term courses, faculty-led semester-long courses, and non-Whitworth-led study-abroad programs. Students should consult with a WLC faculty advisor about how credits from study abroad count toward their major and/or minor.

For more information, email the faculty coordinator for each program (listed below each option), contact Charles Tappa, associate director of off-campus studies (ctappa@whitworth.edu; 509-777-4499), or visit the off-campus studies website.

French

France Study Program (FSP)
Spring Semester 2016, and every third year thereafter

Live and study in France on this faculty-led semester study abroad. The program includes homestays/living in several French cities, which in the past have included Alsace, Paris, Nice, Normandy Beaches, Mont Saint-Michel, Toulouse, Chartres, and The Riviera.

Courses depend on faculty leaders, but in the past they have included French language, music, history, politics and art. Each program fulfills multiple requirements, which in the past have included global perspectives, world language, fine arts, and humanities. Each earns 16 credit hours and is open to all students who have completed FR101 and FR130 or 7 credits of university French prior to the program. Contact Jennifer Brown, Ph.D. (jbrown@whitworth.edu) or Bendi Benson Schrambach, Ph.D. (bbschrambach@whitworth.edu) for more information.

France
Jan Term 2017, and every third year thereafter

Study the French language and culture in beautiful Paris. Visit museums, tour monuments, and hone your language skills in classes and homestays. All language levels are welcome to apply. For more information, contact Bendi Benson Schrambach, Ph.D. (bbschrambach@whitworth.edu).


International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

This consortium program allows Whitworth students to attend any of 150 member universities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Students take classes with local students in the target language, or courses specifically designed for exchange students. Payment for tuition, room and board is made to Whitworth. The student pays a placement fee, health insurance and airfare. Some scholarships are available to qualified students. Visit the Whitworth Off-Campus Studies Office Exchanges & Other Programs webpage, or Contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) in off-campus studies for more information.

Spanish

Semester-Long Opportunities

Central American Study and Service Program (CASP)
January Term and Spring Semester 2016, and every other year thereafter

CASP is an interdisciplinary program that equips students to confront the multiple challenges faced by the people and nations of Central America. This region, our global neighbor, faces overwhelming challenges such as poverty, hunger, exclusion, underdevelopment, conflict, injustice, ecological disintegration, and major health concerns. At the same time, the region also possesses substantial human and natural resources that offer hope for the future. Through academic and cultural preparation on campus in the fall, followed by five months in locations in Central America, CASP combines classroom study with field-based service-learning internships during which students participate in transformational initiatives that enable people to live whole, secure and productive lives. CASP aims to promote in students a commitment to confronting human needs through their lifestyle, worldview, and vocational decisions.

If you are looking for a rigorous interdisciplinary experience in which you can learn about Central Americans and hone your skills in your major field of study as you serve our southern neighbors and explore vocational interests and plans for potential future work in Central America, this program is for YOU!

Contact Instructor Kim Hernández (khernandez@whitworth.edu) for more information.

Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and Spanish Studies Abroad in Seville, Alicante, Spain, Córdoba, Argentina and Cuba

Whitworth is a sponsor for the programs mentioned above. Students spend one or two semesters studying language, culture and literature. Visit the Spanish Studies Abroad website or contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) in off-campus studies for more information.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

This consortium program allows Whitworth students to attend any of 150 member universities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Students take classes with local students in the target language or explore courses specifically designed for exchange students. Payment for tuition, room and board is made to Whitworth. The student pays a placement fee, health insurance and airfare. Some scholarships are available to qualified students. Contact International Education Center Director Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) for more information.

Jan Term Opportunities

Quetzaltenango, Guatemala
Jan Term 2016, and every third year thereafter

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language while exploring the history and culture of Guatemala. You will receive individualized language instruction with options to study literature, history, theology and other special topics for advanced students. The program includes home stays, service projects and cultural excursions. Experience one of the most traditional indigenous cultures still thriving in Latin America and visit important sacred and historic sites. Contact Instructor Kim Hernández (khernandez@whitworth.edu) for more information.

Santiago, Chile
Jan Term 2017, and every third year thereafter

Live and study in Santiago, Chile, in a faculty-led immersion experience during Jan Term with a special emphasis on memory and human rights. Focus on conversational Spanish, Chilean history and culture, plus home stays and weekend excursions. Santiago offers a historically rich environment in which to improve your Spanish and to experience life within another culture. For more information, contact Katharine Karr-Cornejo, Ph.D., at (kkarr-cornejo@whitworth.edu).

Sevilla, Spain
Jan Term 2015, and every third year thereafter

Immerse yourself in the language, culture, and history of Spain through a Jan Term program in Sevilla, Spain. You will take level-appropriate language courses and participate in home stays, service, and cultural excursions, including visits to cities like Córdoba and Granada. Travel to a city that offers a historically rich environment in which to improve your Spanish and experience living in another culture. For more information, contact Angeles Aller, D.Phil., at (aaller@whitworth.edu).

Chinese

Whitworth in China
Fall Semester 2017, and every third year thereafter

The Whitworth in China Program is a 16-week language and cultural-immersion program with a study tour to learn about some of China's historical sites. The program includes an academic course option of 14-17 credit hours, and takes placeduring fall semester at Minzu University (formerly the Central University of Nationalities) in Beijing, China, one of China's elite universities. The program lasts three months and will closely match Whitworth's academic calendar.

Past program features included:
壹 Pre- and post-course language evaluation.
貳 Intensive Chinese language instruction (equal to one year of on-campus Chinese), 280 in-class contact hours with a Chinese instructor with degrees and certificates in teaching Chinese as a second language.
叄 A seven- to eight-day study tour, which includes travel, lodging and most meals.
肆 Students reside in university dorm rooms (two per room) at Minzu University.

For more information, contact Program Director Todd Friends, Ph.D. (tfriends@whitworth.edu) in the economics & business department.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

This consortium program allows Whitworth students to attend any of 150 member universities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Payment for tuition, room and board is made to Whitworth. The student pays a placement fee, health insurance and airfare. Some scholarships are available to qualified students. Contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) in off-campus studies for more information.

German

Germany
Jan Term, Periodially

Immerse yourself in the German language while exploring the history and culture of Germany. Contact the Whitworth World Languages & Cultures Office (wlc@whitworth.edu) for more information.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

This consortium program allows Whitworth students to attend any of 150 member universities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Payment for tuition, room and board is made to Whitworth. The student pays a placement fee, health insurance and airfare. Some scholarships are available to qualified students. Contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) in off-campus studies for more information.

Swahili

Tanzania
Spring 2017, and every third year thereafter

This semester program includes three weeks of orientation in Arusha, a month of Swahili language study in Zanzibar, a month-long internship in Arusha, and classes and field trips in Dar es Salaam. The courses, which include Core 350, Swahili, theology, history, and political science, are taught by Whitworth professors and Tanzanian professors from the University of Dar es Salaam. The trip includes an overnight stay in a Maasai village, a safari to Ngoro Ngoro and Olduvai Gorge, a weekend in Bagamoyo, a weekend retreat in Lushoto, and numerous field trips on Zanzibar Island. The students live with host families during the entire semester experience. For more information, contact Megan Hershey, Ph.D. (mhershey@whitworth.edu), in the political science department.

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

This consortium program allows Whitworth students to attend any of 150 member universities in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada and Latin America. Payment for tuition, room and board is made to Whitworth. The student pays a placement fee, health insurance and airfare. Some scholarships are available to qualified students. Contact Sue Jackson (sjackson@whitworth.edu) in off-campus studies for more information.