As a liberal arts institute, Wilkes University values scholars who are broadly trained, critical thinkers and skilled communicators. The Study Abroad office works to give all students opportunities to have experiences abroad, whether these experiences are a week, summer, or semester long. We're here for you!
Office Mission and Goals
The mission of the Wilkes University Study Abroad office is to encourage and support study abroad experiences that are safe, immersive and academically sound.
The goals of the Study Abroad office are to:
- Develop programs that increase the accessibility of study abroad for all students.
- Increase the international footprint at Wilkes University by developing exchange programs.
- Work closely with academic units to better match study abroad programs with discipline specific goals.
- Partner with Wilkes University's offices of Global, International, and Civic Engagement.
What is the student exchange program?
Wilkes University hosts students from all over the world! In return, the student exchange program allows Wilkes students to visit host institutions at the same cost as at Wilkes.
Spain | University of Navarra
Universidad Pública de Navarra, Pamplona Spain. This program offers courses in business, economics, management and agriculture. Courses are in English and Spanish. You can even take Spanish 101 there as well! Applications for the Fall semester start in early May and end in June.
Colombia | Icesi University
ICESI University is a private university in Cali, Colombia and offers courses in business, natural sciences, humanities and health. Courses are in Spanish but this internationalized campus has students from all over the world.
UK | University of Wales at Trinity St. David
University of Wales at Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) in the United Kingdom has several campuses that are available to students. This program offers courses in business, education, cultural studies, history, creative writing, social justice, sports health, outdoor education, environmental science, and many more. UWTSD offers a pick up at airport, cultural trips, housing and academic services. Find out more on the UWTSD website. Interested students work with the Wilkes University Study Abroad Director and academic advisor to select courses within one area. Deadline for the Fall semester is May 1 and October 1 for the Spring semester. Please note that majors and classes in the UK are referred to as courses and modules, respectively. A Tier 4 Visa might be required but these rules change often.
UK | University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham, England offers a study abroad program with a long-standing reputation for attracting high quality students from across the world. The University of Birmingham offers a wide array of courses in engineering, environmental science, biology, business, and many more. Information on majors available on the University of Birmingham University of Birmingham website. Please note that majors and classes in the UK are referred to as courses and modules, respectively. A Tier 4 Visa might be required but these rules change often.
Dominican Republic | Universidad Iberoamicana (UNIBE)
UNIBE is a private university located in the heart of Santo Domingo. Classes across a wide range of curricula are offered in both Spanish and English.
For more information on these programs and how to apply, contact Dr. Andreea Maierean.
Drs. Andrew Miller and Jeff Stratford (3 credits + spring break trip)
Every spring, Drs. Miller and Stratford teach a course related to Costa Rica. In even years, they teach Political Economy and Ecology of Coffee. This course examines macroeconomics, regional politics, ecology, and tropical conservation using coffee as an example. In odd years, they teach Ecotourism and Ecology in Costa Rica. These courses meet for 3 hours/week and have a week long experience in Costa Rica.
Dr. Jeff Stratford
BIO 398 (3 credits for course and trip and 1 credit for trip only)
During the semester, students will learn about ecological and conservation issues related to the tropics. This course covers lowland rain forest, seasonal tropical forests, paramo (high altitude) vegetation, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. Throughout semester, students will be introduced to various foods native to Latin America. At the end of the semester, one week will be spent in lowland forest and another week in a different habitat (the Galapagos Islands, for instance). This course runs every 3 to 4 years. Estimated cost: $4500.
Dr. Paola Bianco
SP 298/398 (6 credits)
This experience combines classroom and experiential learning in Cuzco, Peru. Spanish curriculum is customized to match individual learning goals associated with the experiential learning choice. Students are able to participate in a variety of opportunities including ESL, health sciences, and child services. Excursions to Machu Pichu, Rainbo Mountains and more! Course runs every other year. Estimated cost is $2700 including flight.
Dr. Gina Zanolini Morrison
HST 298: Malaysia’s Modernity (3 credits)
Steeped in tradition yet technologically advanced, multicultural Malaysia is the ideal place to study a non-western but English-speaking culture. This 3-credit semester long course concludes with an optional 2-week faculty-led trip [at an extra fee] that includes the futuristic capital Kuala Lumpur, the relaxing beaches of Penang, the elephant reserve, holy caves, temples and mosques—and 3 days in the oldest primary rainforest on earth. Students have described the experience as “unforgettable” and “eye-opening.”
The process of studying abroad is simple yet timing is crucial and planning should be done as soon as possible. Discuss your study abroad interests with your advisor and come up with a list of courses that can be taken while abroad. Bring the list to the Study Abroad director and have an estimate of how much you can afford (keeping in mind that some semester experiences are less expensive than being on campus!). You will be given a number of options and then decide. Also consider any health issues while abroad - your study location may not have a pharmacy on corner - please consult your doctor.
The next steps will be to
- get a passport and determine if your host school requires a VISA (most do not for a summer or semester experience)
- apply to program of interest
- get clearances from the Wilkes University Study Affairs office (final clearances are at the discretion of the Study Abroad office)
- complete the Request to Transfer Credit Request to Transfer Credit form.
- request to add SA 000 for 0 credits (abroad with a partner) or 12 credits (abroad through exchange)
- pay the $75 study abroad fee
- request to travel abroad through the Study Abroad Office and register with Terra Dotta
- determine if you need any vaccinations and get them at least two weeks before travel. Find out more on the CDC travel guide website
Summer and Semester Abroad
(without Wilkes Faculty)
Global | American Institute for Foreign Study
American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) offers study abroad programs during the semester, summer and winter break, including internships and volunteer opportunities in more than 20 countriesGlobal | The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University
The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University offers courses, internships, and research opportunities around the globe.Global | CAPA The Global Education Network
CAPA The Global Education Network offers courses and internships in 7 international locations. Wilkes students receive a $600 scholarship off semester programs and $300 scholarship off summer programs.Global | International Studies Abroad
International Studies Abroad (ISA) offers courses around the world. All Wilkes students receive a $200 scholarship.Spain and Peru | Dr. Paola Bianco
6 credits transferable to Wilkes University. Courses can be used to fulfill Spanish Concentration. Please contact Dr. Paola Bianco for more information. The Spain experience requires a Consortium Agreement form if a student is requesting financial aid. Both Spain and Peru experiences require the Request-to-Tranfer-Credit form to be completed.
During my time abroad I experienced cultures and places I never otherwise would have been able to - all while obtaining credits towards my degree. I was terrified to go before I went, but I ended up not wanting to leave. I would do it again in a heartbeat.Kassie Rinker '22