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Kansas Wesleyan University has established partnerships with Kansas State University and Central College Abroad, Pella, Iowa, so that KWU students have a greater opportunity to study abroad at a wide variety of programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why should I consider studying abroad?
A: Studying abroad helps develop intercultural awareness, sensitivity, and communication skills, all essential in our global economy and with the accessibility afforded by internet and transportation industries. Seeing one’s own country through the eyes of another is a definite growth opportunity.
Studying abroad helps improve one’s language skills, both in English and in other languages. Some programs are taught entirely in the local language, some are taught in English with opportunities to gain experience in the local language while you are there.
Many students find that they develop a greater sense of independence and maturity from participating in a study abroad program.
Many students are able to take internships or courses as part of their study abroad that they are unable to get at their local community or university, which results in valuable skills for employment.
Many people form life-long friendships, both with other students participating in the program and with individuals from the host country.
People who studied abroad are more likely to continue to have other kinds of international experiences later in life.
Q: How do I pick a program?
A: You need to decide what sort of experience you want. Do you want to study for a semester or a year? Do you want classes in English or a foreign language? What sorts of experiential opportunities (travel, internships, community involvement, housing) do you want? How many other Americans do you want around you? Generally speaking, the longer one is able to study abroad and the more one is able to immerse oneself in the local language and culture, the more enriching the program tends to be. It is important to be able to step from being a tourist to being a member of the culture.
Other exchanges include:
Q: Where can I go for more information?
A: Click on one of the Abroad links at the top of this page.
The local contacts for study abroad are the Academic Dean, and Dr. Steve Hoekstra in the BSHS dept. Students are also strongly advised to consult with their academic advisor to work study abroad intentions into their overall graduation planning.