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Gatton Academy Study Abroad


In 2021 - 2022, The Gatton Academy resumes international student travel with two programs each in Costa Rica and England.

These experiences mark the 15th-year of The Gatton Academy's travel/study abroad series seeking 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.

COVID-19 Vaccination and Considerations

The Gatton Academy study abroad programs are run in partnership with WKU Global Learning and International Affairs (GLIA). Our groups will follow protocols of WKU, the Center for Disease Control, and entry procedures for our host nations and re-entry procedures for the USA. Having the COVID-19 vaccine is STRONGLY recommended.

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 only to Gatton programs and not transferrable to other study abroad programs offered by WKU or consortia partners).  

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 will be $3,100. Any student who has not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will pay only $2,100. 

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 3:30 pm Central on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

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Gatton Academy Costa Rica I and II Application Packets must be submitted to Ms. Melanie Redden in The Gatton Academy's office (FSH 107).  Applications are accepted only Tuesday, August 10—Wednesday, September 15 at 3:30pm Central .

 

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 identity distribution). Half of the spots are saved for each class, 2022 and 2023. Those who have not traveled abroad with The Gatton Academy previously are given first priority for selection using a random lottery. Shortly after the application deadline, applicants will be divided into categories of gender identity, 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. 17.

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 2022 spring semester to travel to Costa Rica.

 

Holidays at Harlaxton

Happy Holidays! Gatton Academy students visited Harlaxton Manor annually between 2011 - 2019. After the cancelation of our summer 2020 and 2021 programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a new travel abroad experience was imagined. To get our Class of 2022 to this magical place and resume our tradition of sending Gatton Academy seniors to Harlaxton, we are offering a special Holidays at Harlaxton program for students in our Class of 2022. Seniors will visit London and Harlaxton Manor together, all while learning about English holiday traditions and celebrating together.

Sample Itinerary for Holidays at Harlaxton

 Holidays at Harlaxton itinerary

The cost for the Holidays at Harlaxton program is $2,700. Students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will only pay $1,700. The program cost includes roundtrip airfare from Louisville, lodging at Harlaxton Manor and a central London hotel, approximately half meals, admission to sites and experiences listed in the itinerary, all ground transportation while in England, including a London TravelCard, 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 3:30 pm Central on Wednesday, September 22.

Gatton Academy Holidays at Harlaxton Application Packetsmust be submitted at to Ms. Melanie Redden in The Gatton Academy office (FSH 107).  Applications are accepted only  Tuesday, August 10—Wednesday, September 22 at 3:30pm 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 students in The Gatton Academy’s Class of 2022. All Class of 2022 students who apply will be selected. All students and parents/legal guardians will be notified of their selection status immediately after the September 22 deadline.

Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2022 spring semester to travel on the Holidays at Harlaxton program. 

 

Harlaxton, England Study Abroad

The Gatton Academy will resume our annual summer Harlaxton Experience for students in the Class of 2023. 

From mid-July to mid-August 2022, 50 members of The Gatton Academy's class of 2023 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 AP, CLEP credit, or by scoring a 29 or higher on the English section of the ACT exam by summer 2022. 

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 $4,700 - $5,200. Students who have not used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship will have that applied to lower their program cost to $3,700 - $4,200. 

The cost of the program includes roundtrip airfare from Louisville, room accommodations in all locations, about half of meals while in the United Kingdom, admission to the historic sites, museums, and experiences 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). 

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 3:30 pm Central on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

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The Gatton Academy Harlaxton Application Packet must be submitted to Ms. Melanie Redden in The Gatton Academy office (FSH 107). Applications are accepted only from Tuesday, August 10—Wednesday, October 6 at 3:30pm Central.

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 identity 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 2022), 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 2022). 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 by October 8 of their selection status.


Students must be eligible for return to The Gatton Academy for the 2022 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 Ms. Melanie Redden (melanie.redden@wku.edu) no later than the 3:30 PM Central Wednesday, September 22 deadline

  • A copy of the first two pages of the parents'/guardians' 2020 Form 1040 tax return (must include Adjusted Gross Income)
    • 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; Holidays at Harlaxton does not). 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
End of December 2021 - January 2022 (Winter-Term)

Program Details
Costa Rica 2022 Itinerary

Program Cost
$3,100 (or, $2,100 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship) 

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit application packets is Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 3:30 PM Central.

 

Holidays at Harlaxton   Travel Abroad (Class of 2022 only)

Dates
Mid-December 2021

Program Details
Holidays at Harlaxton 2021 Itinerary

Program Cost
$2,700 (or, $1,700 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship)

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit application packets is Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:30 PM Central.

 

Study Abroad 
Harlaxton Experience, England (Class of 2023 only)

Dates
Mid-July to mid-August, 2022

Program Details
Harlaxton 2022 Itinerary

Program Cost
Estimated $4,700 - $5,200 (or, $3,700 - $4,200 for students who have not previously used their Gatton Academy Study Abroad Scholarship)

Application Information/Deadline
Deadline to submit application packets is Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 3:30 PM Central.

 

Gatton Academy
Need-based Study Abroad 
Scholarships

Application Information/Deadline

Deadline to submit application components is Wednesday, September 22 at 3:30 PM Central.  

See details on this page for how to apply.


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 Last Modified 7/6/21