By teaching a course abroad WKU faculty provide students with an opportunity to engage a subject in an international context and experience an environment that transforms them in a way that is not possible on campus.
Faculty-led study abroad has become increasingly popular with WKU students and is a fundamental part of the university's international education portfolio. More than half of WKU students who study abroad participate in faculty-led programs. This reflects the national trend in which 56% of students study abroad on short-term programs.
Apply the lessons learned in the classroom through off-campus, hands-on practical learning around the world.
Faculty-Led Study Abroad (FLSA) is right for you if:
Anyone who can teach a course may be an FLSA faculty leader.
In addition to inspiring students, faculty may also develop international connections and explore research opportunities because of their involvement in leading short-term programs abroad.
In December of 2011, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs initiated a plan to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the faculty-led study abroad programs at WKU. Under the new mandate, two offices would unite their efforts: the Office of Study Abroad and Global Learning and the Office of Study Away.
The Office of Study Away supports faculty-led study abroad programs through a structured system built on a partnership among Study Abroad & Global Learning, faculty leaders, their academic departments, and colleges.