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The Gatton Academy
1906 College Heights Blvd. #71031
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1031
Phone: 270.745.6565
Fax: 270.745.2987
Email: academy@wku.edu

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2016/2017 CALENDAR 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 19-21
Gatton to the 10th

September 9
Preview Day

October 21
Preview Day

November 11
Preview Day

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In 2016 - 2017, The Gatton Academy will travel to
Costa Rica, Greece and England.

These experiences mark the tenth year of The Gatton Academy's travel/study abroad series that seeks to: 

1.  Internationalize the curriculum through intensive, experiential, academic immersion abroad opportunities.

2.  Accelerate the personal growth of each student through increased confidence, self-awareness, and the abilities to think and act independently.

3.  Build upon the sense of belonging with peers and mentors within the Academy community. 

4.  Enable students to contextualize internationalization in future educational and career opportunities.

5.  Prepare students to act with integrity, compassion, respect, equality, and diversity when interacting across cultures. 

Gatton Academy students may also travel on traditional, university-led study abroad programs. These other opportunities may be found at the WKU Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning

Each experience is described in brief below, with full details and applications found in the online brochures.

A remarkable feature of The Gatton Academy's Study Abroad programs is the opportunity for students to apply for a Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship to lower the cost of their program.  This scholarship is valued at $1,490 for the academic year 2016-17.  For Class of 2018 students who do not travel, take a course, or need housing on-campus during Winter Term 2017, the scholarship can even be applied towards the summer 2017 Harlaxton study abroad.

Costa Rica I and II Study Abroad

Overview

Two groups of 16 Gatton Academy students (32 students total) will earn ecology or research credit (i.e., Honors: Costa Rican Biodiversity Studies and Research) while studying and researching in Costa Rica.  Group 1 (Dr. Martin Stone’s group) will travel from January 1-16, 2017 and Group 2 (Dr. Keith Philips’s group) will travel from January 4-19, 2017. 

Each group will visit the Goldring-Gund Marine Biology Field Station on Playa Grande to participate in leatherback turtle nesting research, Cloudbridge Nature Reserve in the cloudforest of southern Costa Rica's Talamanca Mountains where students will carry out their own research projects in small teams, Corcovado National Park, and Isla del Caño for snorkeling.

Sample Itinerary for the Costa Rica Trip

Cost

The overall program cost is $2,400.  Students may apply for The Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship to lower the cost as low as $910.  For the 32 selected students, this program will eventually require an additional, nonrefundable $150 application fee to WKU's Study Abroad and Global Learning office. However, no money is due when students submit the Gatton Academy Application to the school.  The cost of the program will be due to the WKU Bursar's Office on the 2nd floor of Potter Hall in the second half of the fall semester by a billing deadline to be announced.

The cost of the program includes roundtrip airfare from Louisville, room accommodations in all locations, an average of two meals per day while in Costa Rica, admission for all activities listed in the itinerary, basic international health insurance, travel by chartered motor coach throughout the program, and tuition for an Honors-level ecology or research course (3 hours of WKU credit).

Application

There are three required steps to apply.  The application deadline for the Gatton Academy Costa Rica Application is Friday, September 9th, 2016. This application includes signatures from all parents/guardians and a 250-word essay.  Students must also submit their Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application.  In the third step, selected students complete the online application with WKU Study Abroad and Global Learning later in the fall semester (instructions on this process will be provided to selected students). 

1. Gatton Academy Costa Rica Application - Due to Julie Fryia (Julie.fryia@wku.edu) in The Gatton Academy office (FSH 107) by 4:30 PM CST Friday, September 9.

2. Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application - Please turn in with Gatton Academy Costa Rica Application.

3. WKU Study Abroad Application - Only selected students for The Gatton Academy’s Costa Rica program will be sent details on filling out this application starting in September.  Details and a deadline will be provided later.

Selection

Spots on the Costa Rica programs are limited to 32 total students.  The selection process works so that 32 students (equal gender distribution) are selected based on the Gatton Academy Costa Rica Application essay response and demonstrated interest in ecological study.  Then, students are randomly assigned to either Group 1 or Group 2 so that each program will have 8 males/8 females for a total group of 16 students.  Students will be selected by Wednesday, September 14th.

Physical Rigor

A high-degree of physical endurance is necessary for program participants.  Students conduct field research at coastal and mountainous settings that involves rigorous walks in oftentimes hot, humid, and wet conditions.  During the program, research teams hike in remote areas of a high-elevation forest with sharp elevational change. 

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2017 spring semester to travel to Costa Rica.

 

Greece Travel Abroad

Overview

From January 4-15, 2017, Gatton Academy students will explore the ancient history, architecture, art, culture, food, and mythology of Greece.  Visits include the Parthenon in Athens, the Meteora Monasteries, Olympia, Sparta, Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, and an overnight on the Greek island Hydra.

Sample Itinerary for the Greece Trip

Cost

The cost for the program is $3,861 as of June 30.  However, a participant’s cost is not locked in until they have completed the EF Tours Enrollment Application listed below.  The Gatton Academy recommends completing the two applications as early as a family knows their student is committed to the Winter 2017 Greece program to lock in the lowest price possible. 

Students may apply for The Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship to lower the cost as low as $2,371. 

The program price includes roundtrip airfare, ground transportation in Greece, hotel rooms shared with other Gatton Academy students with en suite bathrooms, two meals daily, a tour director, all admission fees for sites listed in the itinerary, and EF Tour’s Global Travel Protection Plan.  The cost of the program will be due directly to EF Tours.

Application

The application deadline is Thursday, September 15th, 2016. The application process requires three steps.  The Gatton Academy Greece Application with signatures from all parents/guardians and the EF Tours Enrollment Application must be done by the deadline.  Students must also submit their Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application.

1. Gatton Academy Greece Application - Due by 4:30 PM CST Thursday, September 15 to Julie Fryia (Julie.fryia@wku.edu) in The Gatton Academy office (FSH 107) with parental signatures.

2. Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application

3. EF Tours Enrollment Application - Due September 15 (apply earlier to lock in your program price)  At the time of enrollment, a student will pay a $95 non-refundable enrollment fee to EF Tours.  This $95 goes towards the cost of the program itself. 

Selection

Spots for the Greece Experience are not limited.  All students who apply by September 15 will be offered the opportunity to travel.

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2017 spring semester to travel to Greece.  The program cost is non-refundable.

Overview

From January 4-15, 2017, Gatton Academy students will explore the ancient history, architecture, art, culture, food, and mythology of Greece.  Visits include the Parthenon in Athens, the Meteora Monasteries, Olympia, Sparta, Cape Sounion and the Temple of Poseidon, and an overnight on the Greek island Hydra.

Sample Itinerary for the Greece Trip

Cost

The cost for the program is $3,861 as of June 30.  However, a participant’s cost is not locked in until they have completed the EF Tours Enrollment Application listed below.  The Gatton Academy recommends completing the two applications as early as a family knows their student is committed to the Winter 2017 Greece program to lock in the lowest price possible. 

Students may apply for The Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship to lower the cost as low as $2,371. 

The program price includes roundtrip airfare, ground transportation in Greece, hotel rooms shared with other Gatton Academy students with en suite bathrooms, two meals daily, a tour director, all admission fees for sites listed in the itinerary, and EF Tour’s Global Travel Protection Plan.  The cost of the program will be due directly to EF Tours.

Application Process

The application deadline is Thursday, September 15th, 2016. The application process requires three steps.  The Gatton Academy Greece Application with signatures from all parents/guardians and the EF Tours Enrollment Application must be done by the deadline.  Students must also submit their Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application.

1. Gatton Academy Greece Application - Due by 4:30 PM CST Thursday, September 15 to Julie Fryia (Julie.fryia@wku.edu) in The Gatton Academy office (FSH 107) with parental signatures.

2. Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship Application

3. EF Tours Enrollment Application - Due September 15 (apply earlier to lock in your program price)  At the time of enrollment, a student will pay a $95 non-refundable enrollment fee to EF Tours.  This $95 goes towards the cost of the program itself. 

Selection

Spots for the Greece Experience are not limited.  All students who apply by September 15 will be offered the opportunity to travel.

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2017 spring semester to travel to Greece.  The program cost is non-refundable.

 

Harlaxton, England Study Abroad

Overview

From mid-July to early-August 2017, 50 members of The Gatton Academy's class of 2018 have the opportunity to earn English 200—Honors Introduction to Literature credit while enjoying the literature and culture of the United Kingdom. Over the course of a 23-day program, students develop an appreciation for literature by visiting literary landscapes, authors' homes, and sites of literary inspiration based off of assigned course readings. Approximately one week is spent in London.  Otherwise, students live at Harlaxton College's beautiful manor house campus near Grantham, England, students visit locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Students interested in the Harlaxton Experience are required as a pre-requisite to have passed English 100—Intro to College Writing or have credit for English 100 through an alternate path, such as CLEP credit or by scoring a 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT exam by summer 2016. 

Students interested in The Harlaxton Experience should not enroll in English 200 for the fall or spring semesters.

Sample Itinerary for Harlaxton Experience

Cost

The cost for the program is estimated at $4,300.  Students who do not use their Winter Term Scholarship during Winter Term 2017 may apply to use the scholarship to lower the cost as low as $2,810.  This program eventually requires an additional, nonrefundable $150 application fee to WKU's Study Abroad and Global Learning office in the spring semester 2017. However, no money is due when students submit the Gatton Academy Harlaxton Study Abroad Application to the school.  The cost of the program will be due to the WKU Bursar's Office on the 2nd floor of Potter Hall in the second half of the spring semester by a billing deadline to be announced.

The cost of the program includes roundtrip airfare from Nashville or Louisville, room accommodations in all locations, about half of meals while in the United Kingdom, admission to the historic sites and museums listed in the itinerary, basic international health insurance, travel by chartered coach or train for excursions, a 7-day, zones 1 and 2 Travelcard for London, and tuition for English 200-Honors Introduction to Literature (3 hours of WKU credit).

Application & Selection

Because spots on the Harlaxton program are limited to 50 total participants (25 female and 25 male) and to create a fair, transparent application process that gives all students in our Class of 2018 equal chances, the Harlaxton application is multi-step.  The process to apply is detailed below. 

Step 1: Physically turn in parent-signed Harlaxton Application on Tuesday, 9/6 during office hours

Starting at 8 AM CST on Tuesday, September 6, students from the Class of 2018 may turn in their hard copies of the Harlaxton ApplicationThe order in which these applications are received will not impact who is selected for the program.  This document requires the signature of every parent/legal guardian who shares custody of a student, and it must have all signatures to be accepted and considered complete.  This form can be turned in at any point between 8 AM – 4:30 PM to Julie Fryia in The Gatton Academy room 107 starting on Tuesday, September 6.

Step 2: To create a fair, timed process for all, be one of the first 50 students to reply to a Class of 2018-wide email on the late evening of Tuesday, 9/6

Before completing Step 2, students must have Step 1 complete.  In other words, before continuing to Step 2, the physical, signed Harlaxton Application must be on file with Julie Fryia in The Gatton Academy office. 

Between 10 PM and 10:30 PM CST on Tuesday, September 6, Derick B. Strode will send an email to the Class of 2018 indicating when students may reply back.  Students must reply from their @topper.wku.edu email address with the subject line “Harlaxton Application.”  The time-stamped order in which replies are received will be the process by which students are selected for the summer 2017 program.  The first 25 females to reply and the first 25 males to reply will be selected for the program.  All other students will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which their email is received.  Waiting list spots will be offered through the year in the corresponding order if/when spots on the program become available.

Students will be notified of their selection status on Wednesday, September 7.

While it is likely that the program will fill on September 6 through this process, students may continue to apply to the Harlaxton program until the application deadline of Monday, October 10.

Step 3:

Only selected students will be guided to the WKU Study Abroad application during the spring semester 2017.  

 

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2018 fall semester to travel on the Harlaxton Experience.

 

Need-Based Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship

The Gatton Academy will provide approximately $15,000 in need-based scholarships for students who require additional financial assistance to study abroad on Gatton Academy-led programs. 

Financial Qualifications

Gatton Academy Need-Based Scholarship recipients typically come from households earning less than $60,000 annually for a family of four.  Students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship are welcome to apply with a description of family circumstances. All sources of family income are taken into account.  Students who are supported by multiple parents/guardians are required to submit income information for each parent. 

Student Eligibility

The Gatton Academy seeks to help fund students having their first study abroad experience with the Academy who otherwise may not be able to participate due to financial circumstances.  Therefore, students are eligible to apply if they have not previously studied abroad on a Gatton Academy study abroad program.

How to Apply

There is no application form for the Gatton Need-Based Study Abroad Scholarship. Students wishing to apply for one of our international scholarships must submit the following three items to Derick B. Strode (derick.strode@wku.edu) no later than the 4:30 PM CST Friday, September 9th, 2016 deadline

  • A copy of the first page of the parents'/guardians' 2015 Form 1040 tax return (only up through line 37 of the Form 1040 is needed)
    • Note: Students who are supported by parents/guardians who file taxes separately should submit Form 1040s from each parent/guardian who supports the student.)
  • A student statement, not to exceed 500 words, with a title that includes the single study abroad destination for which the student is requesting support.  The statement should describe the student’s reasons for wanting to travel abroad, as well as the impact they expect going abroad will have on their overall Gatton Academy experience. 
  • One-page parental/guardian statement describing family's need for assistance.

Distribution of scholarship funds is contingent upon the individual's eligibility to return for the semester following their study abroad program. 

For scholarships recipients for the Harlaxton Experience, the Winter Term Scholarship must be saved to apply to summer 2017 Harlaxton program to lower the program cost.

 

WKU Study Abroad Scholarships

WKU offers several other scholarships to students who are studying abroad on credit-bearing study abroad programs (Costa Rica and the Harlaxton Experience qualify). These scholarships are listed here for informational purposes only.  For students traveling to Costa Rica, the Academy will notify both students and parents of these scholarships in the fall semester via direct email when it is time to apply.  Likewise, for students traveling to Harlaxton, the Academy will notify both students and parents of these scholarships in the spring semester via email when it is time to apply.

  1. WorldTopper Scholarship  (Application accessed through online WKU Study Abroad application)
  2. WKU Student Government Association Study Abroad Scholarship
  3. Division of Extended Learning and Outreach Faculty-Led Study Abroad Scholarship
  4. Diversity Abroad Grant—For students who identify under any of the following criteria: a.) African-American/Black; b.) Hispanic/Latino; c.) American Indian/Alaskan Native; d.) Two or more races; e.) Student with a registered disability; f.) First-generation college student; g.) Student from Appalachian counties (In KY: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe); h.) student who identifies as LGBTQIA.  (Application accessible through online WKU Study Abroad Application.

Study Abroad
to Costa Rica I and II

Dates
January 1 - 16, 2017 (Group I)
January 4 – 19, 2017 (Group II)

Program Cost
$2,400*
*Or, $910 for students who apply for their Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship.

Application Information
The application deadline is Friday, September 9, 2016.

 

Travel Abroad 
to Greece

Dates
January 4 - 15, 2017

Program Cost
$3,861* and **
*Or, $2,371 for students who apply for their Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship.
** This cost is as of June 30, 2016.  An individual’s cost is not locked in until their EF Tours Enrollment Application is complete. 

Application Information
The application deadline is Thursday, September 15, 2016.

 

Study Abroad 
to Harlaxton, England

Dates
July 13 - August 4, 2017

Program Cost
Estimated $4,300*
*Or, $2,810 for students who apply a Gatton Academy Winter Term Scholarship to the summer Harlaxton program.

Application Information
The application deadline is Monday, October 10, 2016. 

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