Off-Campus Studies

Study Abroad Programs

Advisers: Susan Holme and Barbara Hoffman

An understanding of a culture or region of the world other than one’s own is an important part of a liberal arts education and a key to developing leaders in an increasingly interdependent global society. The study abroad program at Whitman College is designed to provide a range of opportunities for qualified students to study in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania.

Information about opportunities for study in foreign countries, including application procedures, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and fees, is available from the Off-Campus Studies Office, Memorial Building 205. Students should consult with Susan Holme, Director of Off-Campus Studies, Barbara Hoffman, Assistant Director of Off-Campus Studies, or the appropriate faculty adviser for the program listed on the OCS website to determine the suitability of participation in a particular academic program overseas. Students who wish to apply any credit from overseas study to their Whitman degree need to complete a Whitman Off-Campus Study Application and receive approval for their proposed course of study from Off-Campus Studies. Prior approval from Whitman is required to transfer credit from summer studies in a foreign country as well. Deadlines for the submission of Off-Campus Study applications are as follows unless stated otherwise with the program listing:

  • Fall Semester and Academic Year programs: February 5, 2015
  • Spring Semester programs: September 11, 2014
  • Summer study abroad programs: Deadline is three weeks before the program’s application deadline

Students who intend to pursue overseas study are advised that careful planning is often needed in order to include off-campus studies as an integrated part of their four-year career at Whitman. For some destinations students will need to have completed at least four or five semesters of foreign language work at the college level to qualify. To assist students with planning for off-campus studies, Off-Campus Studies Advising Sheets by Major are available on the Off-Campus Studies homepage at: www.whitman.edu/ocs.

The college requires that students who have not yet completed the intermediate level of the local language enroll in the language during their period abroad. Additionally, Whitman College grants no academic credit for work experience or internships per se, though it may grant credit for academic coursework linked to internships. Academic work undertaken on Partner Programs will be recorded on the student’s Whitman transcript including the grades reported by the program. However, grades from courses taken abroad will not be used in the calculation of Whitman semester and cumulative grade-point averages. Students may apply need-based financial aid and merit scholarships that they receive through Whitman College to the fees of Partner Programs, as calculated by the Office of Financial Aid Services.

The following study abroad programs are affiliated with Whitman College and are referred to as our Partner Programs. For further details about program options, please refer to the Off-Campus Studies website at www.whitman.edu/ocs.

2014-15 Partner Programs

AFRICA  
  SIT: Ghana Social Transformation and Cultural Expression Ghana
  SFS: Kenya and Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies Kenya & Tanzania
  SIT: Madagascar Biodiversity and Natural Resource Mgmt Madagascar
  SIT: Morocco Migration and Transnational Identity Morocco
  CIEE: Senegal Language and Culture Senegal
  SIT: South Africa Community Health and Social Policy South Africa
ASIA  
  IES: Beijing Contemporary Issues in China China
  IES: Beijing Language Intensive China
  CIEE: Shanghai – China in a Global Context China
  IES: Delhi Semester program India
  SIT: India Sustainable Development and Social Change India
  SIT: Indonesia Arts, Religion, and Social Change Indonesia
  Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) * Japan
  Kansai Gaidai University Japan
  CIEE: Seoul Arts and Sciences Korea
  SIT: Nepal Development and Social Change Nepal
  CIEE: Taipei Communication, Business and Political Economy Taiwan
  CIEE: Taipei Intensive Chinese Language and Culture Taiwan
  CIEE: Khon Kaen Development and Globalization Thailand
  SIT: Vietnam Culture, Social Change, and Development Vietnam
EUROPE  
  IES: Vienna European Society and Culture Austria
  IES: Vienna Semester Music program Austria
  CIEE: Prague Central European Studies Czech Republic
  CIEE: Prague Film Studies Czech Republic
  Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Denmark
  BADA: London Theatre program England
  IES: Study London program England
  IES: London Health Practice & Policy England
  IES: London Theatre Studies England
  IES: Queen Mary, University of London England
  IES: SOAS, University of London England
  IES: Slade, University College London England
  IES: University College London (UCL) England
  University of East Anglia England
  IFSA Butler: Oxford University * England
  IES: Nantes Semester program France
  IES: Paris French Studies France
  Middlebury: Studies in Paris France
  IES: Berlin Language and Area Studies Germany
  IES: Berlin Metropolitan Studies Germany
  IES: European Union Studies Germany
  IES: Freiburg Language and Area Studies Germany
  IES: Freiburg Environmental Studies & Sustainability Germany
  College Year in Athens (CYA) Greece
  Budapest Semesters in Mathematics (BSM) Hungary
  IFSA-Butler: National University of Ireland Galway (NUI) Ireland
  Studio Art Centers International (SACI) Italy
  Syracuse University (SU Abroad) Florence Italy
  IES: Milan - Italy Today Italy
  IES: Milan Music: Tradition & Innovation Italy
  Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies (ICCS) in Rome Italy
  IES: Rome Semester program Italy
  IFSA Butler: Glasgow School of Art Scotland
  University of St Andrews Scotland
  SIT: Serbia Peace and Conflict Studies in the Balkans Serbia, Bosnia & Kosovo
  CIEE: Alicante Language and Culture Spain
  CIEE: Alicante Language in Context Spain
  CIEE: Alicante Liberal Arts Spain
  Middlebury: Universidad de Cordoba Spain
  Middlebury: Getafe Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Spain
  IES: Granada Semester program Spain
  Middlebury: Madrid Sede Prim Spain
LATIN AMERICA/CARIBBEAN  
  IFSA-Butler: Argentine Universities Program Argentina
  IFSA-Butler: Mendoza Universities Program Argentina
  SIT: Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology Brazil
  SIT: Chile Public Health, Traditional Medicine, and Community Empowerment Chile
  IFSA-Butler: Chilean Universities Program Chile
  SFS: Costa Rica Sustainable Development Studies Costa Rica
  CIEE: Monteverde Tropical Ecology and Conservation Costa Rica
  SIT: Ecuador Comparative Ecology and Conservation Ecuador
  SIT: Ecuador Development, Politics, and Language Ecuador
  IFSA-Butler: Merida Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan Mexico
  Mexico Solidarity Network Mexico
  SIT: Nicaragua Youth Culture, Literacy, and Media Nicaragua
  SFS: Panama Tropical Island Biodiversity and Conservation Panama
  SFS: Turks and Caicos Marine Resource Management Turks and Caicos
MIDDLE EAST  
  Hebrew University (Rothberg International School) Israel
  CIEE: Amman Language and Culture Jordan
OCEANIA  
  SIT: Australia Sustainability and Environmental Action Australia
  SFS: Australia Tropical Rainforest Studies Australia
  IES: University of Melbourne Australia
  Frontiers Abroad: Geology of New Zealand New Zealand
  University of Otago New Zealand
UNITED STATES  
  The Eugene O’Neill National Theatre Institute Connecticut
  SEA Semester Massachusetts
  The Philadelphia Center (TPC) Pennsylvania
  AU Washington Semester Program Washington DC

* These programs have deadlines earlier than the standard Whitman application deadline. Consult with Whitman OCS staff for details.
Whitman College reserves the right to withdraw programs from this list for security and other reasons.

Whitman Summer Studies in China

This six-week summer program, administered by Whitman College in cooperation with Yunnan University in Kunming, China, is designed to give students an opportunity to strengthen their conversational Chinese language skills and learn about contemporary Chinese society firsthand. Participants enroll in a four-credit, intensive Chinese language course at the university and a two-credit Seminar in Chinese Studies course taught by the Whitman faculty director of the program (see Asian Studies 200). Prerequisites include at least two semesters of college Chinese language. Scholarships are available to qualified students from the David Deal China Exchange Endowment. The program is offered every other year and will be offered again summer 2015.

U.S. Partner Programs

Advisers: Susan Holme, Barbara Hoffman, and Helen Kim
Whitman College encourages qualified students interested in preprofessional internships, urban issues, government policy, acting training, and oceanography to consider participation in one of the four U.S.-based Partner Programs described above. Students interested in these programs must complete a Whitman Off-Campus Study Application and receive approval for their proposed course of study from the Off-Campus Studies Committee prior to enrollment in the program. Academic work undertaken on U.S.-based Partner Programs will be recorded on the student’s Whitman transcript including the grades reported by the program. However, grades from these off-campus programs will not be used in the calculation of semester and cumulative grade-point averages. Whitman College grants no academic credit for work experience or internships per se, though it may grant credit for academic coursework linked to internships.

Students may apply need-based financial aid and merit scholarships that they receive through Whitman College to the fees of these U.S.-based Partner Programs. Applications and additional information about the programs can be obtained from Off-Campus Studies (Mem 205).

The U.S. Partner Program deadlines are the same as the study abroad program deadlines listed above, with the following exceptions:

  • Spring Semester for The Philadelphia Center and the Washington Semester Programs: October 16
  • Fall Semester for The Philadelphia Center and the Washington Semester Programs: April 9