Office of Study Abroad
WHY STUDY ABROAD?
Gain Career-Building Global Exposure
Public policy, international politics, business, global trade and immigration services all require firsthand experience and knowledge of the world beyond U.S. borders. However, every student-no matter the major, gains life experience that employers value in our increasingly global community and marketplace.
- Gain international exposure and experience in your field
- Enhance your resume with examples of achieving goals, taking initiative and overcoming challenges
- Strengthen your communication skills
- Diversify yourself and stand apart from the majority-only one to two percent of students study abroad nationally
- Develop professional contacts overseas
Enrich Your Education
Academic rigor and integrity remain at the core of each program-whether a BW-led seminar or independent study at a foreign or domestic institution.
- Fulfill academic requirements
- Strengthen critical thinking and reasoning skills
- Increase your global awareness and sensitivity
- Gain international perspective in your area of study
- Become proficient in another language
- Foster time management and organization skills
Grow as an Individual
Across the country or around the globe, off-campus study programs foster personal growth and development.
- Challenge and inspire your values and convictions
- Increase awareness of your own culture through comparison with others
- Foster independence and confidence
- Develop an appreciation for diverse cultures
- Readily adapt to new situations
Fulfill Academic Requirements
An exciting learning opportunity, study abroad and off-campus programs can fulfill major, core or elective course requirements, depending on your chosen experience. All international programs meet requirements for some, if not all of the international studies portion of the core curriculum. All study abroad programs will fulfill the experiential learning requirement.
Expand Student Learning by Linking Curriculum to the World Beyond BW
With an increased emphasis on globalization in the marketplace, off-campus study can be an invaluable learning experience. More than a sightseeing tour, it is an opportunity to experience education in an international setting. It fosters advanced personal and professional growth and can be the chance of a lifetime experience.
CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE
We offer off-campus options for all disciplines and majors, from Business to the Conservatory. Take part in faculty-led group seminars, study at a foreign university or participate in internships in the U.S. or abroad. See the world for a semester, a summer or even a full year—the choice is yours.
Independent Study—Full Semester or Summer Programs
How would you like to change places with a student from around the globe or take college courses overseas? Let us help you build your own individual immersion experience. Many of our recommended programs offer study in English and are excellent ways to experience life in another country.
- South Korea
Or you can study in U.S. cities such as New York City or Washington, D.C.
Travel with BW faculty and other students to learn as a group. Programs vary in length (two to six weeks) and focus on specific topics in locations throughout the world. All seminars spend a portion of the semester on campus in preparatory courses before traveling later in the semester. Examples include:
- Seminar in Europe: Eight weeks of intensive study and preparation on campus followed by travel to Italy, France, Germany, England and other countries. Designed to encourage intellectual and personal growth, students take part in lectures and visit sites of major importance in the development of western culture.
- Explore Asia: Experience a wide variety of Asian cultural and historical attractions. Programs often include study tours of China or India. Students typically receive Business or Sociology credit and fulfill a portion of the International Studies Core.
- Explore Europe: Experience European history, sports or theatre first-hand. Students often receive History, English, Art, Theatre or HPE credit, and fulfill a portion of the International Studies Core.
- Explore South America: Learn about the biology, geology and culture of South America. Programs often focus on sustainability and fulfill a portion of the International Studies Core.
”Not only did my language skills sky-rocket, but the experience in Argentina changed my outlook on the world."
Daneel McDaniel, Argentina, Spanish major
"It was one of my best choices in my college career. Nothing else compares to the hands-on learning experiences I had while in Europe. I can not even imagine taking off six weeks of my life to travel again, which is why college is the perfect time."
Michael Schambs, Seminar in Europe, Marketing major
"My time as an exchange student in Ghana will forever stand as the most influential and intimately fulfilling experience of my life. I will never cease carrying with me those lessons I learned in Ghana about not only myself but more important, about another country, another culture, another people and their perspectives on the world in which we all live."
Kristopher Smeage, University Cape Coast Ghana, International Studies
"Here in Australia I've had the chance to meet people from all over the world, try new things that I never thought I would, and I've learned to look at the world from a whole new perspective! I'm so happy I did this."
Jackie Lee, University of Sunshine Coast, Accounting major
Costs for most study abroad and off-campus programs are comparable to the cost of a semester at BW.
For Fall and Spring programs, your federal and institutional financial aid applies to programs recommended by Baldwin Wallace University (program capacity limits may apply.) First-time study abroad participants may also qualify for a BW study abroad grant or a program-specific scholarship!
The cost of faculty-led study abroad programs typically includes airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, admission/activity fees and some meals.
Generation Study Abroad Commitment Partner
As a member of the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad campaign, Baldwin Wallace is committed to doubling the number of students who study abroad by the year 2019.
MINIMUM ELIGIBILITY QUALIFICATIONS
- 2.7 GPA
- Sophomore status
- Completion of at least a full semester at BW
- A clear student conduct record for one year