Types of Programs

The International Education WTE is most directly satisfied by a study abroad experience. Washburn University supports three types of study abroad programs.

  • Type 1: Study in a foreign institution with which Washburn maintains exchange agreements. Washburn University currently has exchange agreements with some “sister” universities in such places as Spain, France, Austria, Japan, England, Sweden, Taiwan, China, South Africa, Thailand, Ireland, Australia, and Romania. In addition, Washburn belongs to several consortia including CONAHEC, a group of over 20 schools in Mexico and Canada, and the Magellan Exchange, which provides additional opportunities in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and Finland.
  • Type 2: Study in a program offered by another accredited U.S. college/university or approved consortium/program.
  • Type 3: Participate in a study-abroad program or internship coordinated and taught by Washburn faculty or for Washburn credit, in programs offered occasionally by some schools or departments (e.g.: School of Nursing, Department of Art, Department of Political Science, and others). Mostly, these are short term programs (one to four weeks).
  • Besides these types, in some cases and under Washburn faculty supervision, students can also study abroad in other foreign institutions with which Washburn does not have an agreement. Other types of foreign study or experience (for example, involvement in a humanitarian project, internship, or research abroad) would be considered as well.  A completed Study Abroad Student Initiated Program Proposal would be required to request approval for a student initiated program that does not fall under a WU direct exchange or faculty-led program.

To identify an appropriate experience, students will work with a faculty member or the study-abroad coordinator. Students will write a pre-trip background research paper on a relevant topic prior to their international experience to help prepare for the experience.

Experiences other than the ones listed may also satisfy the International Education WTE. Therefore, students who would like to satisfy this requirement through experiences other than those listed may work with a faculty mentor to submit a proposal to the International Education WTE committee. The proposal should introduce the scope of the proposed activities and describe how these activities contribute to the student’s development of international awareness and understanding.

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