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Office of International Studies and Programs

Faculty-Directed Programs

Faculty-directed education abroad programs take place during spring break and summer, and vary in length from 10 days to one month. Students spend the majority of their time abroad together, participating in activities and excursions as a group. These short-term courses are designed and taught by CWU instructors and provide students with departmental credit. In addition to standard assignments, coursework includes a combination of experiential learning activities such as cultural excursions, guest speakers, and cultural performances.

2014-15 Programs

Art and Architecture of Rome, Ancient to Baroque (Art 498); Rome, Italy; March 18-29, 2015. Contact Drs. Ellen Avitts or Keith Lewis for more information. Apply now (waiting list).

Art and Architecture of Rome is an onsite study with focus on ancient art through art of the 17th century. Travel in Italy provides students firsthand experience with the art, architecture, culture, physical remnants, and historical legacies of a country that has had an enormous impact on Western history across several millennia. Students will examine art and architecture and the cultural, social, and political history that shaped their development and laid the foundation for the creation of the modern western world. The development of art concepts and techniques is emphasized as the recognition of major art works both in context and in their subsequent changes in meaning.

Dig Siberia 2015 (Anth 493); Ust'-Menza Archaeological Site (50°13'N, 108°37'E), Chita, and Krasni Chikoi, Russia; June 28-July 30, 2015. Contact Drs. Ian Buvit or Karisa Terry for more information. Apply now.

This is a field methods program held at an archaeology site in Siberia, Russia. On this program, students will live and work together as a group while they learn archaeological field methods and contribute to the success of a long-term research project.

The Northern Vineyards: Champagne, Alsace, and Burgundy (Global Wine Studies) (GWS 492); France; March 19-27, 2015. Contact Dr. John Hudelson for more information. Apply now.

The Northern Vineyards: Champagne, Alsace, and Burgundy program will visit  the renown great wine regions of Northern and Eastern France. Stopping in Champagne, Alsace (on the border of Germany), Burgundy, and Beaujolais. Students will experience the atmosphere, the great cuisine, and fine wines of these regions. The program will end with a  short cooking class in Lyon, the city that is the culinary center of the world. The students will be guided by a locally-famous chef and be able to taste their own creations.

Rainforest Ecology (Bio 377); Lima, Iquitos, and Tahuayo River, Peru; March 16-29, 2015. Contact Dr. Lucy Bottcher for more information. Apply now (waiting list).

Rainforest Ecology provides a rare opportunity for students to spend two weeks in one of the most diverse tropical rainforests in the world. After studying rainforest ecology in class (during Winter Quarter), students will travel with Dr. Bottcher to the remote Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve in northern Peru where they will canoe and hike through several rainforest ecosystems to view and study tropical plants and animals species. In addition, students will gain valuable field experience by spending several days collecting data for an ongoing study on nocturnal mammals at the field research station along the upper Tahuayo River. Students will also have the opportunity to visit local villages and interact with the native Riberenos.

Teaching in Guam: Leadership, Programming, and Teaching (PE 492 & HED 494); Mangilao, Guam; June 18-July 9, 2015. Contact Drs. Stefan Ward or Mark Perez for more information. Apply now.

This program will introduce students to the challenges of teaching and providing program leadership opportunities for real school children in a real school setting.

Teaching Practicum in Honduras (EDBL 492); Jesus de Otoro, Honduras; August 17-September 4, 2015. Contact Dr. Terrence McCain for more information. Apply now.

This program will provide students pursuing the Bilingual Education/TESL endorsement with the opportunity to interact with bilingual students and their teachers in the school community and develop real-world, practical experience and understanding of the strategies and techniques for use with second language learners in a general education setting. Students will travel to various parts of the country to experience a wide-range of culture, including excursions to historical sites, market places, rural towns, and cultural events.