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Central Washington University
Office of International Studies and Programs
Hebeler Hall 102
400 E. University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7408

Faculty-Directed & Departmental Programs

Most faculty-directed education abroad programs take place during spring break, summer and fall quarters. They vary in length from 10 days to one month or longer. Students spend the majority of their time abroad with their classmates, 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 may include a combination of experiential learning activities, such as cultural excursions, guest speakers, and cultural performances. For more information about these programs, go to and use the Search Programs tab to find your program. Note: not all programs are currently accepting applications.



How to Apply to Faculty-Directed Programs Online

  1. To begin the CWU Education Abroad Application process, go to the login page ( of the online application portal called Horizons.
  2. Under the Student Login section, click the "Click Here To Log In" button. The first time you visit that page, you will be prompted to complete a short pre-experience survey. After that, you will use your CWU username (not email) and password to log in. Each time you visit the portal, you will use the login button and not the option to enter your email and password. 
  3. Once logged in, use the "Search Programs" tab at the top of the page. In the Keywords box, type the name of your program. If it does not appear, type in “self-arranged”. This will take you to the general education abroad application. 
  4. After selecting the correct academic year/semester/quarter from the drop-down menu, you will be prompted to begin the application. You can track your progress in the panel on the left-hand side of the portal.
  5. When you get to the application fee section, you have two options: A.) you can elect to allow us to post the fee to your student account, or B.) pay the fee in Student Accounts and upload a pdf copy of the receipt.
  6. When you get to the Reference Request section, select the "Disciplinary Clearance" option and enter in the email box. Then click “Save".
  7. The final step is to click the "Submit Application" button on the left-hand side of the page.

Your application will be reviewed and, if approved, moved to the post-acceptance phase of the process. You will be notified to log into Horizons and complete the post-acceptance forms. Importantly, in order to finalize your approval, you must complete and upload the Confirmation of Acceptance form.


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