Program Selection & Applying

Program Offerings

Click here to see WCU Study Abroad programs

Program Selection Process

Information Sessions

Every student interested in going abroad must attend an information session in our office prior to their first advising session. During the information session, students will learn the different program options available to them, our study abroad application process, scholarship and funding opportunities, and much more. Sign up for an information session on RamConnect!

Program Types/Options

WCU Programs

Each year WCU offers 25-30 faculty and staff-led programs, including for-credit and non-credit options (musical and art performances abroad, service learning programs, and sports team travel abroad). WCU also has several exchange partnerships with institutions around the world. The deadlines, application process, and costs vary by program.

Global Rams Initiative 2022-2023 Program Designations

  • Rafiki Kenya Africa Service-Learning Experience
  • Social Work Field Placement in Ghana
  • Frauke Schnell Leadership Seminar in Germany
  • Sustainability and Tourism in Italy
  • Cross-Cultural Educational Experience in Guatemala
  • South Africa Inspiration in Times of Change
  • Sustainable Food & Cultural Heritage in Perugia, Italy
  • Short-term Social Work Field Experience in Kenya
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders in Costa Rica
  • French Language Study and Culture in Lyon

Affiliate Partner Programs

We are currently partnered with 7 different study abroad program providers that specialize in creating study abroad programs for universities across the U.S. Our partner organizations were chosen based on their compatibility with WCU and therefore are often an academic fit. Please note that the program provider sets application deadlines and requirements that are beyond the control of WCU, and it is necessary to pay careful attention to all of their posted application information. To begin the application and pre-approval processes, students must first meet with a study abroad advisor to go over which program will be the best fit, then start the WCU application.

Our office provides support for 3 types of education abroad programs, faculty/staff-led, exchange, and programs offered by our 7 affiliate partners:

  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • CEA Global Education
  • CIS Abroad
  • Institute for American Universities (IAU College)
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)
  • Semester at Sea

WCU Application Process

All students planning on participating on any Education Abroad program (WCU faculty-led, affiliated partner program, Non-WCU/Non-affiliate) are required to complete the WCU application first.

WCU Study Abroad Application Fee: $100

All students who apply for an international program will be billed a non-refundable, one-time $100 study abroad application fee through the WCU Bursar office. This fee is necessary to cover the costs of the services that each student is receiving, and to support all future international activities at WCU. Students that participate on multiple international programs while at WCU will not be re-charged this fee.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA is a standard GPA requirement for most study abroad programs, however each program will determine its own eligibility requirements.
  • Transfer students must complete at least one full semester at WCU before they can study abroad
  • Proper completion of the application/approval process in WCU’s online system

If you are ready to apply please email with the name of the program you wish to apply to. Please keep in mind that submission of a study abroad application is not a guarantee of acceptance. Once you have turned in all of the materials required for your study abroad program, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding your acceptance into the program at that point in time. For students participating in an exchange or affiliated-partner program, final admissions decisions are made by the international program abroad and are out of WCU's control.

Non-WCU Students

Some WCU faculty-led programs are available to non-WCU students, which will be expressed on the home page for that program. If you are a student at another University wishing to participate on one of WCU's study abroad programs, email to receive information about the application process.

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