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Study Abroad and Global Learning


In 2018 - 2019, The Gatton Academy will travel to
Costa Rica, Greece, and England.

These experiences mark the 12th-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.

Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship

The Gatton Academy offers a one-time $1,000 Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship to each student to lower the program cost of their first Gatton Academy-offered study abroad program (applicable to Costa Rica, Italy/Greece, and Harlaxton only).  

Costa Rica I and II Study Abroad

Two groups of 16 Gatton Academy students (32 students total) will earn Honors Biology 285: Costa Rican Biodiversity Studies and Research credit (3 Hrs).  Group 1 travels with Dr. Martin Stone and Group 2 travels with Dr. Keith Philips.  Both groups travel during WKU’s Winter-Term.

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 carry out their own research projects in small teams, Corcovado National Park, and Isla del Caño for snorkeling. 

Sample Itinerary for the Costa Rica Program

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The program cost is $2,725, airfare, all lodging, two meals/per day on average, all ground transportation, all site visits, and tuition inclusive.  Any student who has not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will pay only $1,725.

For the 32 selected students, this program eventually requires an additional, nonrefundable $150 application fee to WKU's Study Abroad and Global Learning office. However, no money is due or accepted at the time of application.  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 program cost 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, travel by chartered motor coach throughout the program, basic international health insurance, and tuition for Honors Biology 285: Costa Rican Biodiversity (3 Hrs of WKU credit).

Deadline to apply is 4:30 pm Central on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Gatton Academy Costa Rica I and II Application Packets  must be submitted in The Gatton Academy office to Mrs. Vickie Payne (FSH 107).  Applications are accepted only Tuesday, August 21—Friday, September 14 at 4:30pm Central .

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Please submit application packets with a copy of your passport’s ID page if you already have a passport.

No payments or fees are due or accepted at the time of application.

Later in the fall semester, selected students for The Gatton Academy’s Costa Rica program will be sent details on filling out the required WKU Study Abroad Application.  Details and a deadline will be provided later to selected students.

Spots are limited to 32 students (equal gender distribution). 

Half of the spots are saved for each class, 2019 and 2020.  Those who have not traveled abroad with The Gatton Academy previously are given first priority for selection using a random lottery.  Second-year students who studied in Costa Rica last winter with The Gatton Academy are allowed to reapply, but are given lowest priority.  Shortly after the application deadline, applicants will be divided into categories of female and male, those who have traveled with Gatton abroad previously and those who have not, and any applicant who has studied abroad in Costa Rica with Gatton previously.  Random drawing continues until all students have been drawn to form an ordered waitlist for any program spot that  might become available later. All students will be notified of their selection status by Sept. 21.

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 mid-elevation forest (6-8,000 ft) with sharp elevational changes. 

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2019 spring semester to travel to Costa Rica.

 

Greece Travel Abroad

Gatton Academy students will explore the ancient history, architecture, art, and contemporary culture and food of Greece in Winter-Term 2019.  Visits include Athens, Meteora and Kalampaka, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, Cape Sounion, and the Saronic Islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina.  Spots are limited to 50 students.

Sample Itinerary for the Greece Experience

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The cost for the Greece program is estimated at $4,200.  Students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will pay $3,200.  The program cost includes roundtrip airfare from Louisville, 3 and 4-star hotel accommodations in all destinations, all breakfasts and dinners while in Greece, admission to sites and museums, tips for the provided meals, tour guides, and drivers, ground and sea transportation while in Greece, and basic international health insurance.

Selected students will pay the program fee directly to the WKU Bursar’s Office, Potter Hall 2nd floor by a to-be-determined billing deadline in the second half of the fall semester.

Deadline to apply is 4:30 pm Central on Friday, September 28.

Gatton Academy Greece Travel Abroad Application Packets  must be submitted in The Gatton Academy office to Mrs. Vickie Payne (FSH 107).  Applications are accepted only  Tuesday, August 21—Friday, September 28 at 4:30pm Central.

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Please submit application packets with a copy of your passport’s ID page if you already have a passport.

No payments are due or accepted at time of application

Spots are limited to 50 students (equal gender distribution).  Half of the spots are saved for each class, 2019 and 2020.  Students who have not traveled with The Gatton Academy previously are given first priority for selection.  Selections will be made by organizing male and female applicants separately by class and by travel status (i.e., having traveled abroad before with Gatton or not) and then drawn by random lottery.  Random drawing will continue until all students have been drawn in order to form an ordered waitlist for any   program spots that become available later. All students will be notified of their selection status immediately after September 28.  

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2019 spring semester to travel to Greece. 

 

Harlaxton, England Study Abroad

From mid-July to early-August 2019, 50 members of The Gatton Academy's class of 2020 have the opportunity to earn Honors English 200: Introduction to Literature credit (3 Hrs) 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, while visiting locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Students interested in the Harlaxton Experience are required as a pre-requisite to have passed ENG 100: Intro to College Writing or have credit for ENG 100 through an alternate path, such as AP or CLEP credit or by scoring a 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT exam by summer 2019. 

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

Sample Itinerary for the Harlaxton Experience

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Cost is estimated at $4,500.  Students who have not used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will have that applied to lower their program cost to $3,500.  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 final itinerary, basic international health insurance, travel by chartered coach or train for excursions, a 7-day zones 1 and 2 Travelcard for unlimited travel in London, and tuition for Honors English 200: Introduction to Literature (3 Hrs of WKU credit).

For the 50 selected students, this program eventually requires an additional, nonrefundable $150 application fee to WKU's Study Abroad and Global Learning office. However, no money is due or accepted at the time of application.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. 

Deadline to apply is 4:30 pm Central on October 10, 2018.

Gatton Academy Harlaxton Application Packets  must be submitted in The Gatton Academy office to Mrs. Vickie Payne (FSH 107).  Applications are accepted only from Tuesday, August 21—Wednesday, October 10 at 4:30pm Central.

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Please submit applications with a copy of your passport’s ID page if you already have a passport.

No payments are due or accepted at the time of application.

Later in the spring semester, selected students for The Gatton Academy’s Harlaxton program will be sent details on filling out the required WKU Study Abroad Application.  Details and a deadline will be provided later to selected students.

Spots are limited to 50 students (equal gender distribution).  Shortly after the application deadline, applicants will be divided into four categories: females who have not traveled abroad with the Academy yet, females who have traveled abroad with the Academy (including those scheduled to travel in Winter 2019), males who have not traveled abroad with the Academy yet, and males who have traveled abroad with the Academy (including those scheduled to travel in Winter 2019).  First, from students who have not traveled abroad with the Academy, up to 25 females and 25 males will be selected by random lottery.  Then, remaining spots on the program will be filled by random lottery from      students who have traveled abroad with the Academy so the program reaches 25 females/25 males capacity.  Finally, random drawing continues until all students have been drawn, forming an ordered waitlist.  Any program spots that become available later will be offered in the order of the waitlist.  All students will be notified in mid-October of their selection status.


Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2020 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

Students are eligible to apply if they have not previously studied abroad on a Gatton Academy study abroad program.  The goal of the scholarship is to assist in funding students on their first study abroad who otherwise may not be able to participate due to financial circumstances.

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 Dr. Derick B. Strode (derick.strode@wku.edu) no later than the 4:30 PM Central Friday, September 14th, 2018 deadline

  • A copy of the first page of the parents'/guardians' 2017 Form 1040 tax return (only up through line 37 of the Form 1040 is needed) 
    • Note: Students who are financially 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. 

 

WKU Study Abroad Scholarships

WKU offers 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

Study Abroad
to Costa Rica I and II

Dates
Winter Term 2019 (January)

Program Details
Costa Rica Itinerary

Program Cost
$2,725 (or, $1,725 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship) 

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit application packets  is Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:30 PM Central.

 

Travel Abroad 
to Greece

Dates
Winter Term 2019 (January)

Program Details
Greece Itinerary

Program Cost
Estimated $4,200 (or, $3,200 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship)

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit  application packets  is Friday, September 28, 2018 at 4:30 PM Central.

 

Study Abroad 
to Harlaxton, England

Dates
Mid-July to early-August, 2019

Program Details
Harlaxton Itinerary

Program Cost
Estimated $4,500 (or, $3,500 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship)

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit  application packets  is Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 4:30 PM Central.

 

Gatton Academy
Need-based Study Abroad 
Scholarships

Application Information/Deadline

Deadline to submit application components is Friday, September 14 at 4:30 PM Central.  

See details on this page for how to apply.


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 Last Modified 7/20/18