Study Abroad

Expand your horizons and experience things from a different perspective through studying abroad at WPU.

Our study abroad program brings the pages of your textbook to life by immersing you in foreign cultures and providing unforgettable learning experiences. Imagine exploring the mountain ranges of Mexico or the walking through a bustling village market in Korea. The possibilities are endless!

What are the benefits for taking your education on the road with one of WPU’s life-changing semester abroad programs?

  • Learn new languages
  • Experience exciting cultures
  • Gain a valuable perspective on the world
  • Create unforgettable memories
  • Earn college credits

Listen to WPU students talk about their transformative experiences abroad in Italy

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Italy

In May of 2016, more than 30 students, faculty, and staff visited Italy for a study abroad trip.

Students took a one credit course during the spring semester that prepared them for the international experience, where they took in the sights and sounds of Naples, Rome, and various parts of the countryside. Students then received two hours of academic credit upon completion of all assignments related to the travel.

Students interacted directly with Italian business professionals and studied global cultural practices, as well as basic international business practices and trends.

See Student Reaction From the Trip

Upcoming Study Abroad Trips

  • Paris & Amsterdam
    May 15-22, 2019 – Immerse yourself in European culture, history, arts and humanities on this 8-day exploration through Paris and Amsterdam.

    Program Highlights

    • Art – Observe the world’s most famous art pieces at the Louvre and the Van Gogh Museum.
    • Theatre – Tour the Palais Garnier, one of the world’s most famous opera houses and the inspiration for The Phantom of the Opera; attend an evening performance at the infamous Moulin Rouge.
    • English – Stroll the streets of Paris where famous writers lived and worked; read a book at the world’s most famous independent bookstore Shakespeare & Company, celebrating the gathering place for early 20th Century writers such as Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, and Ezra Pound.
    • Architecture – Awe at Europe’s infamous historic landmarks and buildings, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, and the Anne Frank House.
    • Course Credit (Optional) – WPU students can take an accompanying elective two credit hour spring course called THE 295 Special Topics: Paris and Amsterdam, as well as receive two credit hours for the May trip – a total of four credit hours (included in the trip price).

    TOTAL COST – $3,725

    • Discounts for Early Registration
    • Scholarships Available
    • Affordable Payment Plans Available
    • Price includes airfare, hotels, all breakfasts and selected dinners, activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, comprehensive travel insurance, full-time Tour Director, and local professional tour guides; does not include gratuities, some meals, and personal travel expenses (i.e. passport).

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  • Costa Rica
    May 13-20, 2019 – Costa Rica becomes a field study site on this 8-day expedition into the tropics. Through hands-on community engagement, students will have the opportunity to contribute to sea turtle research, explore rainforest ecology, and observe endangered wildlife up close

    Program Highlights

    • Get hands-on experience assisting with sea turtle research and data collection.
    • Learn from biologists, researchers, and local experts about conservation and ecology in Costa Rica.
    • Participate in a wildlife preservation/conservation service project.
    • Meet with scientists for a workshop on bat biology and research methods.
    • See rainforest ecology come alive on guided hikes through Selva Verde’s private reserve.
    • Visit the Toucan Rescue Ranch and learn about wildlife rehabilitation up close.
    • BIO 395-01 Spring 2019 Lecture Component (2 credit hrs)
      BIO 395-01L May 2019 Lab Component in Costa Rica (1 credit hr)

    TOTAL COST – $2,900 (pricing based on minimum of 14 students)

    • Scholarships Available
    • Affordable Payment Plans Available
    • Price includes accommodations, meals, activities and entrance fees as indicated, in country transportation, full-time guide, carbon offset, and estimated group airfare from Raleigh-Durham; does not include gratuities, baggage fees, or items of a personal nature.

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  • Mexico
    July 1-17, 2019 – Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and biodiversity of Mexico through 17 days of Explorations through Yucatán Peninsula.

    Program Highlights

    • Cultural Prehistory / History
    • Geology, Ecology, Natural History
    • How to live and interact in a very different culture
    • 4-day service-learning project teaching Maya children
    • ANT 360-01 Introduction to Mexican Culture and Civilization, Spring 2019 (1 credit hour)
      ANT 361-01 Mexican Culture and Civilization, Summer 2019 (3 credit hours)

    TOTAL COST – $3,600 (pricing based on 12 participants)

    • Scholarships Available
    • Affordable Payment Plans Available
    • Price includes accommodations, meals, activities and entrance fees as indicated, in country transportation, full-time guide, carbon offset, and estimated group airfare from Raleigh-Durham; does not include gratuities, baggage fees, or items of a personal nature.

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What places have WPU students traveled to?

We offer a variety of different study abroad opportunities including short-term faculty-led trips, semester abroad programs and summer programs.

Below are a few of the cool places our students have been to.

  • Italy
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Wales
  • Netherlands
  • France
  • Spain
  • Mexico
  • Ecuador
  • Australia
  • Qatar
  • Morocco
  • South Africa

Hear about WPU’s student exchange program with Qatar University

“The Italy trip was SO fun. We were able to go to so many cool places and see so many things. I never would have been able to experience that had I not gone to WPU.” 

Trea Brady ’16

WPU Professor, Dr. Vick leads students on a Study abroad trip in Mexico.
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“I fell in love with the region and Mesoamerica…and in 1994 I started doing Spider Monkey research in a small Maya village.”

Professor Emerita Dr. Laura Vick & 25 Years of WPU Study Abroad in Yucatán, Mexico
Professor Emerita of Anthropology