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UNIV 304 is not your average college course.

This international sustainable development course enhances the first-hand learning that naturally occurs during a student’s GIVE Excursion.  UNIV 304 provides opportunities for global experiential learning for students in a wide variety of majors and disciplines. Students will apply critical thinking skills, field observations, and reflective processing to explore and reveal the contextual impacts and opportunities associated with international sustainable development projects.

UNIV 304 teaches students about the four domains of sustainability (economic, environmental, social, and cultural) and challenges them to reflect on their ability to change the world through a combination of experiential learning, dialogue circles, self-reflection, and traditional education.  This course optimizes cultural immersion, expands student’s perspectives on sustainable development and enriches personal growth.  The course is challenging intellectually, physically, and emotionally.


Course Format

UNIV 304 is a 5 quarter-credit hybrid course offered to complement GIVE’s May through August excursions to Nicaragua, Tanzania, Thailand, Laos, and Nepal. Online modules are delivered through CANVAS with an international immersion component added in-country. 

Pre-Trip (Online):  Prepare for and enhance your trip by understanding the local community you will live in as well as gain a firm understanding of sustainable development techniques before you even leave!  The online course will start one week prior to your GIVE excursion departure date.
In-Country The international coursework during your excursion consists of a daily journal and interactive dialogue circles to process your day’s activities and reflect on discoveries. Students engage in hands-on experiential learning side-by-side with community members and fellow volunteers to address complex issues and deliver sustainable solutions.  Together the students, instructor, guides, and local community members co-generate learning. 
Post-Trip Project (Online): Create a portfolio that synthesizes your trip’s experiences, issues, impacts and insights.  Submit your learnings online one week after you return home.

Course Syllabi:

Learning opportunities are embedded in activities throughout the excursion’s itinerary and enhanced through methods typically associated with service-learning: cross-cultural engagement, field notes, dialogue circles with your fellow volunteers, reflective journaling, and an analysis of how the experience will be integrated into the students’ personal, academic, and professional aspirations. To view the syllabus for each country, click the images below.


Please Note: Due to current political unrest in Nicaragua, GIVE's mainland operations there are currently on hold and students are unable to go to Nicaragua for their summer 2019 excursion. Please visit for further information.

How much does it cost?

UNIV 304 – International Sustainable Development costs a flat fee of $1,200.00 USD, which is paid to GIVE via your Volunteer Profile. There is a $200 deposit that will hold your spot; the final payment deadline is at least three weeks prior to your selected departure date.

Scholarship Opportunity for CWU Students!

Dionysia & James Pappas Study Abroad Scholarship. The CWU Foundation and the Office of International Studies and Programs have received a generous gift to honor Dionysia and James Pappas, both active members in the Central Washington University and Ellensburg Communities. The purpose of their scholarship is to enhance study abroad opportunities for CWU students.​

Click here for eligibility information. 

I’m ready to enroll! 

After you've been accepted to volunteer through GIVE, it's simple!  The UNIV 304 Course is a GIVE Excursions “Add-On”. To reserve your space for the course, log into your GIVE Volunteer Profile and put down either a $200 deposit or pay the $1,200 in full. After payment is received, GIVE will notify Central Washington University (CWU Continuing Education) who will then contact you for official enrollment and how to begin UNIV 304.
Click here to view a flow chart of the enrollment process. 
Note that you must be confirmed on a GIVE Excursion to take UNIV 304. If you haven't applied to be a GIVE volunteer, click here!

Questions? Visit our FAQ page by clicking here!



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