Office of International Programs and Services

Faculty-Led Travel Courses

Faculty Led Study Abroad Courses - Africa


A Faculty-Led program refers to a study abroad program led by a Western Carolina University Faculty member in an international setting for anywhere between one to eight weeks. You'll earn course credit, experience life abroad and build lifelong relationships with fellow students.

After completing a Faculty-Led Travel Course, many students pursue a study abroad exchange. Faculty-Led Travel Courses are different from Study Abroad, which is with another University and lasts anywhere between a semester and a year.

Costs vary depending on a number of factors including length of the course, location, travel expenses, etc. Financial Aid and Scholarships are available and there are courses to meet almost any budget.

Please Note: To be eligible for a Faculty-Led Travel Course you must have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA and meet any course specific criteria based on the instructor. 

2017-2018 Faculty-Led Courses

Explore the courses below and discover a destination to start your journey abroad...

montego bay & southfield, Jamaica | October 13-21, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)


TRVL 300 (0 credit)

Travel to Jamaica with faculty members Cheryl Clark and Elizabeth Sexton from nursing to work with schools, medical clinics, orphanages and charitable organizations. Total trip cost: $1845

For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl Clark at or Elizabeth Sexton at

Havana, Cuba | October 14-21, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)


SPAN 493-01 (3 credits)

This special topic class is designed to help students to learn about Cuba culture, history, lecture and people. Total trip cost: $1819

For more information, contact Dr. Lori Oxford  at

London, UK | October 14-22, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)


TRVL 600  (0 credit)

Learn more about international accounting and business. Students will visit an office of Mazars, an international provide of audit, accountancy, tax, legal and advisory services. We will meet with the International Accounting standards Board (IASB) and other business and accounting organizations, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Association of Charted Certified Accountants (ACCA). Experience international business by visiting locations possibly including: Arsenal Football Club's Emirate Stadium; Fuller's Brewery; and / or Wimbledon. Additional , students will experience cultural and historical sites. Total trip cost: $3300

For more information, contact Dr. Jane Livingstone at or Dr. Elizabeth Jones at

aCCRA & cAPE COAST & aGONA dUAKWA, gHANA | October 14-22, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

EDL 793 | USI 393 ( 2 credit)

The goal of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to study--on a basic level--the functioning of school, universities and colleges in Ghana and ways in which thee institutions interact with (are affected by and affect) other Ghanaian institutions. Total trip cost: $2978

For more information, contact Dr.  Kofi Lomotey at

Nairobi & Wongonyi, Kenya | October 14-29, 2017 (Fall Break 2017)

EDPY 493 / 593 (3 credits)

This course is designed for students to gain knowledge of world cultures, to understand the historical , geographic, economic, political, cultural, and environmental relationships among global regions and peoples, to exam the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems, to act to influence public policy and private behavior on behalf of international understanding, tolerance and empathy, and articulate the influence of history, geography, and politics on the country of Kenya. Total trip cost: $3741

For more information, contact  Dr. Russell Binkley at 

Taulabe, Honduras | January 2-12, 2018 (Winter Break 2018)


PT 880 (3 credits)

The purpose of this independents study is to prepare students, in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program, to optimize the delivery of care to individuals with disabilities in a remote area of Honduras, enhancing both clinical skills and cultural competency through an interdisciplinary perspective. The focus of the independent study is on introduction to global health with various triage, medical screen and direct patient care interventions requiring complex clinical reasoning performed in small group for an ambulatory (walk-in) clinic. Total trip cost: $2238

For more information, contact Dr. Todd Watson at


Christchurch, new zealand | January 2-15, 2018

CJ 460 (3 credits)

Students will explore criminal justice approaches to drug use in New Zealand. For more information, contact Dr. Albert Kopak at or Dr. Cyndy Caravelis at

Edinburgh, Scotland | March 3-10, 2018 (Spring Break 2018)

NSG 406/508 (3 credits)

A comprehensive exploration of global nursing issues within a travel study opportunity to collaboratively build leadership skills and establish learning partnerships. Total trip cost: $3604

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Metcalfe at or Dr.  Bonnie Garner at

Vienna, austria & prague, czech republic | march 3-11, 2018 (spring break 2018)

TRVL 300 (3 credits)

This course explores the changes that have taken place in the Central and Eastern European region and the lessons that have been drawn from experiences such as regime transition, state-building, economic reform, nationalism/ethnic violence as well as struggles for statehood and peace. The course is a travel component of Political Science 493 and Communication 493. For more information, contact Dr. Ingrid Bego at or Dr. Katerina Spasovska at

London, Madrid, Budapest | May 11-26, 2018 (summer break 2018)

SM 350,(3 credits)  SM 672, (3 credits), MKT 407 (3 credits)

These courses focus on exploring sport across the world, meeting and learning from entrepreneurs, managers and administrators in the areas of marketing, operations, management, law and others. The course also focus on aligning organizational and communication strategies with current and emerging communication technologies, including first generation internet applications such as email and websites, with emphasis on social media tool, understanding the convergence of the process of human communication with the constantly evolving development of communication technology.


For more information, contact Dr. David Tyler at or Dr. Scott Rader at

cusco, peru | May 14-23, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

 ND 410, HSCC 493 (6 credits), MHS 693, ND 693 (6 credits)

These courses introduce nutrition and dietetic students to healthcare in a global environment. They will involve academic and service learning opportunities in a variety of health and food industry environments. For more information, contact Dr. Beth Wall-Bassett at


Tokyo, Nagoya, Hiroshima, kyoto, nara, Osaka, Japan | May 17-june 4, 2018 (summer break 2018)

MKT 407 (3 credits) & BUS 304 (3 credits)

Course is open to sophomores and above only. Application, interview and instructor approval required. At the end of this course, the student should be able to reflect on consumption-related phenomena as a result of experiencing the highly developed economy of Japan, understand the current global economic and political environment in East Asia, articulate the importance of cultural disparities and similarities in consumer behavior, understand issues related to modifying marketing research effort and understand the synthesis of socio-political and economic, as well as cultural factors, in terms of consumer culture in East Asia.
For more information, contact Dr. Scott Rader at

Beijing, shanghai, suzhou & Chengdu, China | May 18-June 1, 2018 (summer Break 2018)

ENGR 365 (3 credits)

This course focuses on fundamental skills and cultural responsiveness in engineering and technology in a global context. Focus is given to effective communication across different cultures and either synchronous or asynchronous, clear understanding of engineering standards, knowledge of project development process, commitment to ethics, professionalism, team work and appreciation for global inter-connectedness of various practices. For more information, contact Dr. Yanjun Yan

Minnesota Boundary waters canoe area Wilderness | May 24 -June 4, 2018 (Summer break 2018)

PRM 427 (4 credits)

This is an expedition style course taught in a wilderness environment. Expedition skills are taught experientally to enable students to lead others safely using minimum impact techniques that preserve the environment. Activities include backpacking, mountaineering and canoeing. National certification is possible through the Wilderness Education Association and Leave No Trace. For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Bobilya at

Gaborone, Botswana | May 30 - June 28, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

CSD 594 (3 credits)

The College of Health & Human Sciences and the College of Education & Allied Professions, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Botswana, Africa, propose a four-week Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad (GPA) in Botswana for graduate students and public school teachers from North Carolina. For more information, contact Dr. Amy Rose at

Washington, dc | June 3 - june 16, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

PSC 358 (3 credits), PSC 324 (3 credits), SOCW 251 (3 credits)

The Western in Washington program, now in its second year, offers three three-hour courses over two weeks in Washington, DC with some required work before and after travel. Students will take a combination of two courses (6 hours) to fit their academic needs. Track 1 is PSC 358 - U.S. Foreign Policy and  PSC 324 -  Political and Organizational Leadership. Track 2 is SOCW 251 - Social Issues, Policies and Programs and PSC 324 - Political and Organizational Leadership.

 For more information, contact Dr. Michael McDonald at or Dr. Rebecca Lasher at

Lima & Pisac, peru | June 5-16, 2018 (summer break 2018 )

EDCI 201 (3 credits)

Developing a vision for teaching, learning and leading in the 21st Century school; understanding the philosophical, historical, cultural and social framework of schooling. Field experience and subscription to TaskStream© required. Total trip cost: $4331

For more information, contact Dr. Kimberly Winter at

Valencia, spain | June 10-July 8, 2018 (summer break 2018)

SPAN 394 (6 credits)

Students are expected to improve their oral and written proficiency as well as expand their vocabulary to include precise terminology on a number of topics Students will also gain an enhanced appreciation of the Spanish-speaking world, particularly the city of Valencia, Spain, in which they will reside  for the duration of the course. Total trip cost: $5570.21

For more information, contact Dr. Alberto Centeno-Pulido at


ludwigsburg, stuttgart, munich, Berchtesgaden, germany| june 26-july 12, 2018 (summer break 2018)

EDEL 446 Digital Literacy Methods (3 credits)

This course explores the issues, trends, skills and practices related to digital technologies in the classroom as well as the larger context of education as a profession. For more information, contact Dr. Nancy Luke at


HPE 305 Adventure Based Health & PE (3 credits)

Upon successful completion of this course, the teacher candidate will be able to value an interdisciplinary focus through integration of adventure-based physical education across the school curriculum, identify key learning theories and understand the Experiental Learning Cycle, as well as other learning outcomes. For more  information, contact Dr. Dan Grube at




Quito & Pactosumaco, Ecuador | June 28-july 17, 2018 (summer Break 2018)

BIOL 493/593 Comparative Temperate-Tropical Ecology & Biogeography (5 credits)

This course is offered through WCU's Highlands Biological Station and the Wildsumaco Biological Station in Ecuador. Most of the time will be spent at the Wildsumaco Biological Station with brief overnight stays near the Quito airport at the beginning and end of the trip. The field-based course takes aim at a comparative approach to exploring Southern Appalachian and Amazonian Andean montane ecology and biogeography in the spirit of explorer-naturalists of the 18th and 19th centuries.


For more information, contact Dr. James Cost at

Taulabe, honduras | august 2-August 12, 2018 (Summer Break 2018)

PT 880 (3 credits) & HSCC 493 (3  credits)

The purpose of this independent study is to prepare students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy to optimize the delivery of care to individuals with disabilities in a remote area of Honduras, enhancing both clinical skills and cultural competency through an interdisciplinary perspective. Some Spanish preferred, GPA of 3.0. For more information, contact Dr. Todd Watson at

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