Studying, interning, or doing research abroad is a life changing experience. It opens your eyes to new cultures, ways of life, and how to adapt. Travel abroad also attunes you to different perspectives while promoting tolerance and understanding that will complement your education at Wooster. An experience abroad truly enhances your degree by exposing you to diverse academic resources and give you the opportunity to develop cultural competencies that are increasingly relevant in a changing world.
The Global Engagement Office (GEO) at Wooster offers many different types of programs that will help you meet different personal, professional, and academic goals. All of them have their advantages, so it is up to you to decide which program type best suits your needs.
Your Financial Aid travels with you!
For semester or academic year programs, you will pay Wooster’s tuition and your financial aid will still apply. The biggest differences in cost will be dictated by the cost of living in your host city/country. Each program on our Endorsed Program List will have an estimated cost breakdown to help you in selecting an affordable option. Note: Wooster financial aid does not apply to third-party provider summer programs. Here is a geo-budget-sheet to help you plan your budget.Search Endorsed Programs Database
Choose from a variety of Study Abroad programs based on duration, location, cost, and experience.
Most GEO programs are third-party provider programs, which means the programs are offered through study abroad and international organizations such as AIFS, API, Arcadia, DIS, IES, IFSA, and SIT.
Within this program type, there are several variations:
Direct Enroll: You will directly enroll into a university abroad with very few limitations on what subjects you can study. You will be fully immersed into the university life of your given city and country. Housing will be in student dormitories or apartments. These programs are great options for independent learners.
Hybrid: Hybrid programs combine special courses for study abroad students with courses at a host university, giving you the opportunity to take some courses with other study abroad students and some with students from the host culture. These programs typically focus on learning the language and culture of the host country. Housing varies from host families, to dorms, to apartments. This option is good for students who are looking for a degree of immersion, but still seek some guidance and structure from a program.
Research: Several of our programs offer a research component. Some programs will offer research with professors; on other programs you’ll devise your own independent research project. These programs are great options for students who love conducting research or would like some practice before their Independent Study. Some students even organize their research abroad to contribute to their Wooster Independent Study.
Internships and/or Service Learning: These programs combine regular course work with an internship or service learning project. Typically, you will take a seminar focused on your internship or service project to help you reflect on what you are learning and doing in a cross-cultural context. This is a great option if you are looking for work experience in a new culture!
Exchange: An exchange program involves directly registering in one of Wooster’s partner universities for a semester. You will still pay your tuition, room and board to Wooster, so the cost of an exchange program is not very different than spending a semester at Wooster. We currently have two exchange programs: International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan, and Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana.
These programs are led by Wooster faculty and vary by theme and location. The time spent abroad on a TREK program varies from 2-6 weeks, and TREK offerings change each academic year. They are offered over school breaks (Winter, Spring, or Summer).
Study abroad will not only help you stay on track for graduation, but it will enhance your degree! Map it out on your academic plan at Wooster with the educational-plan. This helps you visualize what courses you need to graduate as well as how and where study abroad will fit.
For courses taken abroad, you will need to earn a U.S. grade equivalent of “C” or above to earn credit towards your degree. Grades you earn abroad will not factor into your Wooster GPA.
All courses taken abroad at an accredited university or program will be applied as general credits toward graduation. If you need the courses taken abroad to apply in a specific way, you will need to get authorization from the relevant department chair on the “Transferring Academic Credit to Wooster” form. You need one form for each class for which you are seeking approval. Deliver these forms to the Registrar’s office before studying abroad so they are on file when your transcript is received after you study abroad.
Important Note: Most of our study abroad programs use a credit hour system for their courses. A one-credit course at Wooster = 4 credit hours. Some courses abroad may only be worth 3 credit hours (.75 Wooster credits). Plan for this possible discrepancy.
The Study Abroad Course Guide shows how courses recently taken abroad have transferred back to Wooster. This guide is not exhaustive and is updated annually.