Education Abroad

Expand Your Horizons

As VCEA students, in-state and out-of-state, you can also participate in education-abroad programs in several continents, including Europe and Oceania, in world-class overseas universities that teach in English. These programs will immensely benefit you, personally as well as professionally, and transform your life, college experience, and future career. Learn about Lindsey Elhart’s transformative study-abroad experience.

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Study Abroad

Switzerland

As Architecture, Computer Science, and Engineering graduates, you may be hired by multinational corporations, e.g. BMW, Boeing, and Microsoft, to name but a few, which operate globally. All value international experiences and many successfully operate in the State of Washington. You will thus benefit from international experiences, which will also enrich you professionally as well as personally. For more information, please communicate with the Associate Dean for International Programs. These programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate level. Information for advisors is available here.

Undergraduate Programs

At the undergraduate level, students typically complete one semester overseas, taking classes and/or completing projects. They then transfer their credits to WSU. Consider the student exchange programs detailed in this web page.

For your information, there are three broad classes of study-abroad programs:

  • third-party providers
  • faculty led programs
  • student exchange programs

With third-party providers, students deal with an outside organization and pay that organization to participate in a packaged program. More information is available here.

With faculty led programs, student register for a WSU class taught by a WSU professor in an overseas location. More information is available here.

With student exchange programs, students work with WSU advisors, fulfill their tuition commitments directly to WSU, and take courses at world-class universities that have become WSU partners, after having been carefully selected by WSU for their excellent curricula and support services to our students.  Consider these programs as detailed in this web page.

Graduate Programs

At the graduate level, an International Double Master’s Degree program, the only one of its kind in WA, is also available in Computer Science as well as Electrical and Mechanical Engineering in collaboration with Switzerland’s Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Graduating globally-educated professionals for leadership in multinational corporations and without any increase in the normal graduate tuition, this program engages students in Switzerland, for one year, and in the U.S. for another year, and awards two Master’s degrees, from WSU and ZHAW. Please, communicate with the Associate Dean for International Programs for further information.

Exchange Universities in Architecture, Computer Science, Engineering

Renowned overseas universities welcome VCEA students for their study-abroad semesters, with more universities being added to an already distinguished set of exchange partners. Select those that appeal to you from the following list.

Exchange Partner Universities in Three Continents

These are the current partner universities that offer study-abroad exchanges to VCEA’s students. Many more are being added to this list. By clicking on any of the links below, you can initiate your application, as detailed under the process to register for an undergraduate study-abroad exchange in this web page.

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Process to Register for an Undergraduate Study Abroad Exchange

The following steps illustrate the process to apply successfully for an undergraduate study abroad experience. Helpful references are available in the Education Abroad Checklist and the Application Phases and Deadlines.

Apply for or Renew your Passport

Please, select one of the following links for your U.S. passport needs.

For passport issued by other countries, please communicate with the regional consulate of that country.

Attend a Global Coug 101 Session and Review Recommended Strategies for Success

Register for Global Cougs 101 (GC 101). Students from any WSU campus should register for this information session.

If you attend a WSU campus other than Pullman, IP-Global Learning will gladly conduct GC 101 sessions over the phone. Please communicate with IP-Global Learning for further information.

For students in Pullman, register for GC 101 here. This is a 45-minute information session, held in Bryan Hall 105, that covers the basics of studying abroad including valuable tips on applying for study abroad programs, finding scholarships, using financial aid for study abroad, and more.

You may also wish to review the recommended strategies for academic success overseas and health & safety advice. You will also need to attend a pre-departure orientation.

Your safety and security during your time abroad is very important to us, so it is recommended that you register with the international travel registry and review your travel & health insurance needs. Please, also review the following resources.

Meet with your Academic Advisor

This is very important, for it is beneficial that the classes you would take overseas satisfy the graduation requirements of your major. You would need to select courses from the offerings at the overseas university(ies) of interest to you, see the list under “Exchange Partner Universities in Three Continents”, and obtain your advisor’s approval. Here is what you would need to do:

  • Research courses offered overseas
  • Fill out the course pre-approval form
  • List your first choice in study abroad courses and all alternate courses on the course pre-approval form
  • Make an appointment with your academic advisor and be sure to take all available course information (course descriptions and syllabi) with you to this appointment
  • Discuss with your academic advisor which courses actually to take abroad
Review your Funding Options

Please, review your funding options. Also note that your state and federal financial aid awards can help cover the cost of studying abroad.

There are also WSU scholarships and other scholarships available for study abroad experiences.

Meet with a Global Learning Advisor

Please, e-mail  ip.globallearning@wsu.edu to request an appointment.

Consider Chatting with a Global Learning Ambassador

These are WSU students who have studied abroad and would love to share their study-abroad experiences and insights with you.

Complete WSU’s Education Abroad Application

The application requires physical and online signature documents and questionnaires. You will be able to access the documents and questionnaires, and their instructions, when you begin the online application. Please read each item carefully, sign each document and turn in physical copies when asked. Please, be ready to provide the following, which are necessary to complete your application:

  • Photocopy of Passport
  • Emergency Contact Information

You may apply online by selecting one of the programs from among the “Exchange Partner Universities” listed above.

Also, consider these recommendations to manage your return to WSU—and enjoy your time abroad even more!

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