WTAMU encourages students to gain global experience through a variety of study abroad opportunities. There are many ways to find opportunities, and along the way the Office of Study Abroad can help. It’s not to early to start planning!
Types of Study Abroad programs
We offer three different types of study abroad programs: faculty-led, affiliated, and exchange/reciprocal programs; read about them and see which one is the best choice for you!
Faculty-led programs are courses instructed by WT professors that include a short-term course –related program abroad. These programs are normally developed by the faculty member for a specific major, and academic credit is given only for the courses to be instructed abroad. While in this type of program you won’t be able to choose the location (because the faculty chooses it for you), it is a great choice if you are looking for a short-term experience (normally 2 to 4 weeks); these programs are also convenient if you have never been abroad and do not want to travel by yourself, since you have the opportunity to travel with the faculty members and a group of WT students.
Affiliated programs are those offered by third-party providers. WT works with several providers that offer programs almost anywhere you can think of. The greatest advantage of these programs is that they offer you a package with several things included, like tuition, housing, some meals, excursions, cultural activities, visa support if needed, advising services on site, among others. These are really convenient if you are looking for a long term program, or even for internships and service learning experiences. Check out some of the providers we work with!
Exchange/Reciprocal programs are based on agreements between WT and partners universities in other countries. WT has reciprocal agreements with a few foreign institutions and is currently working to increase the exchange/reciprocal programs portfolio, so you can take advantage of this opportunity as well.
Choosing your destination
You can go almost anywhere, as long as it is safe for you. WT students have been to every continent in the world, except only for Antarctica! You could be the first buff in the frozen continent! The possibilities are limitless; if you have a country or region of preference, let us know and we will try to find your program in that location. Sometimes the search is easy, and sometimes is more complicated, but we will certainly consider your interests first. Remember, however, that there are places where it is definitely not safe to go to. If the U.S. Department of State has issued a travel warming for the country you want to visit, the Office of Study Abroad will not approve your program. Also keep in mind that some countries are better for certain majors, and not so much for others; for instance, Australia may be a great destination for Sports, but it may not be the best choice if you want to learn another language.
Lenght of your program
The lenght of your study abroad is completely up to you – and your particular needs and goals, financial resources, as well as the limits placed on you by your academic program at WTAMU. You can go for 2 weeks, a month, a whole summer, semester, or even a year! As mentioned above, faculty-led programs are usually 2-4 weeks long; also, affiliated providers offer Intensive month programs! If you prefer to take your experience to the next level by spending an entire semester or year abroad, our third party providers have some great long-term programs for you! The Office of Study Abroad encourages semester and/or year-long programs, mostly because the overall experience will be much more satisfactory if you stay for a longer period – and even cheaper in the long run!
Housing options differ depending on the country and region where you will be studying abroad, the term of your program, and your budget for the program. Some of the popular options are homestays, student residences, and apartments. Homestays may be a good way to immerse yourself in the host country culture, especially if you are studying language. The experience of living with a family can provide insights that other arrangements cannot. However, homestays may be more restrictive in that you will be expected to conform to the rules and norms of the family, which will most likely be different from your own family.
Residence hall housing and apartments are similar to what is offered at WTAMU. You will usually have the option of a roommate or a single room with an additional charge. Most students will share a bathroom, kitchen and “living room.” These are often self-catering arrangements in which students are responsible for buying and preparing their own meals.