International and Domestic Off-Campus Study Opportunities
Experience in another culture or in another region of the United States is essential to understanding one’s own culture and the increasingly interdependent global society in which we live. Whitman’s wide array of off-campus study programs provides opportunities for students from all major fields of study — humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences — to experience and learn in unfamiliar, challenging and engaging environments around the globe and across the nation. Approximately 50 percent of Whitman students study off-campus through the college for one semester or one academic year usually in their third year.
Study Abroad Opportunities
Whitman maintains partnerships with 42 study abroad programs in 23 different locations throughout the world. There are several types of programs to choose from depending on your language skills and interests. Some programs offer direct enrollment in foreign universities while others revolve around a study center that offers courses especially for U.S. students either in the local language or in English.
Whitman students abroad have studied everything from the rainforest in Costa Rica to acting in London, from Buddhism in Japan to marine biology in the Caribbean. Most Whitman students who study overseas go during one or both semesters of their junior year. Because we emphasize careful planning, nearly all students who study abroad are able to graduate from Whitman in four years.
Credit is guaranteed for courses taken abroad if they are preapproved and successfully completed.
Housing during study abroad is either with a local family, in a university residence hall, or in an apartment, depending on the location of the program.
Financial aid and merit scholarships from Whitman as well as federal and state aid and loans may be applied to any of Whitman’s 42 Partner Programs. Aid awards for off-campus studies are adjusted up or down according to the total basic program costs.
Advising services available through the Whitman Off-Campus Studies Office include assistance with selecting a program, courses and housing; a predeparture orientation; regular communication while abroad, and re-entry activities after returning to Whitman.
Internships are available to participants in many of Whitman’s partner programs abroad. You may be able to serve as a legislative intern in the British Parliament, or teach English to urban youth in Berlin.
Research opportunities are often available for students who wish to engage in senior thesis research abroad.
Admission requirements vary from program to program. Most programs prefer applicants who have completed at least two years of college and who have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at Whitman. Some programs require a minimum of up to five semesters of language study at the college level or the equivalent. Students who wish to study abroad must also receive approval in advance from Whitman College.
Fees: Effective fall 2013 fees for participation in study abroad will be based on Whitman tuition plus the room and board and other required fees charged by the actual program. In addition, estimated costs for out of pocket expenses, such as international airfare are calculated in the total basic costs for financial aid purposes.
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Domestic Off-Campus Programs
Whitman students with interests in the politics, sociology, and/or culture of contemporary urban America find participation in Whitman’s domestic off-campus programs to be extremely valuable. Each of these two semester-long programs –the Philadelphia Center and the Washington Semester – involves academic seminars and an internship experience.
Credit earned on the domestic off-campus programs is applied to the Whitman degree, provided the courses are preapproved and successfully completed. Students typically earn 16 credits for one semester, 4 to 8 of which are from the internship experience.
Financial aid and merit scholarships from Whitman, as well as federal and state aid and loans, may be applied to the two domestic off-campus programs listed above.
Admission to domestic off-campus programs generally requires at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and approval from Whitman College.
For additional information on Domestic Off-Campus Programs, contact:
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Whitman College Semester in the West
Semester in the West is an environmental studies field semester, available only to Whitman students, exploring the ecological, social, and aesthetic dimensions of the American West. Whitman students and faculty travel in vans throughout this vast region, from Walla Walla to the Mexican border. Participants explore issues such as grizzly bear and wolf reintroduction, management of national parks and monuments, native sovereignty, the booming economy of Las Vegas, and problems of environmental justice in northern New Mexico. Students will meet the people who are shaping the future of the West, including local politicians, writers, environmentalists, loggers, ranchers, miners, labor organizers, land managers, historians, ecologists, and cowboys. Semester in the West is offered fall semester every other year. The next offering of Semester in the West is Fall 2012.
Credit earned: Students will receive 16 credits for completed work in the field, which will include intensive work in ecology, politics, and creative and expository writing.
Financial aid: Semester in the West is a Whitman program, therefore all financial aid and scholarships apply.
Admission is competitive. Students with sophomore status and above are eligible to apply.
For additional information about Semester in the West contact:
Whitman Partner Study Abroad Programs
- ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences
- ARGENTINA, Mendoza: Spanish Language, Art and Art History, Theater, History, Anthropology, Literature
- AUSTRALIA, Melbourne: University of Melbourne: Aboriginal Studies, Asian Studies, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences
- AUSTRALIA, Atherton Tablelands: Rainforest Ecology, Forest Management, Environmental Studies
- AUSTRIA, Vienna: Art History, Economics, German Literature, History, Politics, Music, Psychology
- CHINA, Beijing: Chinese Language, Anthropology, Economics, History, Literature, Religion, Politics, Film
- COSTA RICA, San Jose: University of Costa Rica: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
- COSTA RICA, Atenas: Field Studies, Tropical Geology, Resource Management, Environmental Studies
- ECUADOR, Quito: Environmental Studies, Spanish, Sociocultural and Economic Development
- ENGLAND, London: Literature, Politics, History, Art History, Theatre, and Acting
- ENGLAND, London: British American Drama Academy: Acting, Voice, Theatre, History
- ENGLAND, Norwich: University of East Anglia: Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences, including Creative Writing, Art History, Theatre, and Environmental Sciences
- FRANCE, Nantes: French Literature and Area Studies, Art History
- FRANCE, Paris: French Literature and Area Studies, Art History, Film
- GERMANY, Berlin: German Literature and Area Studies, Film, Philosophy
- GERMANY, Freiburg: German Literature and Area Studies, Economics
- GREECE, Athens: Classics and East Mediterranean Studies
- INDIA, Delhi: Hindi, Indian Art, Area Studies
- INDIA, Jaipur: Intensive Hindi and Area studies
- IRELAND, Galway: National University of Ireland at Galway: Humanities and Social Sciences
- ITALY, Florence: Creative Writing, Studio Art, Art History, Area Studies
- ITALY, Rome: Classics, Religion, and social sciences, Italian Language
- JAPAN, Kyoto: Japanese Language and Area Studies
- JAPAN, Hirakata: Japanese Language and Area Studies
- KENYA and TANZANIA: Wildlife management, ecology, environmental studies
- MEXICO, Merida: Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan: Spanish Literature, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Mayan Studies
- NEW ZEALAND, Dunedin: University of Otago: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Humanities
- SCOTLAND, St: Andrews: University of St Andrews: Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences
- SENEGAL, Dakar: French Language, Wolof Language, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Studies
- SPAIN, Alicante: Spanish Language, Art history, European Studies, Literature, Film Studies, Politics, History, Economics
- SPAIN, Cordoba: Universidad de Cordoba: Humanities and Social Sciences
- SPAIN, Getafe: Universidad Carlos III: Humanities and Social Sciences
- SPAIN, Madrid: Spanish Literature, Area Studies, and Other Disciplines
- TAIWAN, Taipei: Chinese Language and Area Studies
- THAILAND, Khon Kaen: Thai Language, Development and Planning, Environmental Studies, Peace and Justice studies, sociology
- TURKS AND CAICOS: Tropical Marine Ecology, Resource Management and Environmental Studies