Program Selection & Applying

Program Offerings

At CIP, we assist with all aspects of the application and pre-departure process to ensure that every student has an opportunity to successfully complete an international program, and maximize their academic and personal growth. The first step to learning more about education abroad opportunities at WCU is to register to attend an education abroad information session in the Center for International Programs. Academics are most important when choosing an education abroad program, so it is critical for students to keep an open dialogue with their academic advisor throughout the process.

Program Selection Process

Information Sessions

Every student interested in going abroad must attend an information session in our office prior to their first advising session. During the information session, students will learn the different program options available to them, our study abroad application process, scholarship and funding opportunities, and much more. Contact our office to sign-up for an in-person information session or view a recorded version of the information session here.

Advising Appointments

After a student attends an information session, they are welcome to sign-up for an advising appointment with a study abroad advisor to review program options, receive program booklets, and discuss the transfer credit approval process. See our "Applying for Education Abroad" for more information regarding the application and approval process.

Program Types/Options

WCU Programs

Each year WCU offers 25-30 faculty and staff-led programs, including for-credit and non-credit options (musical and art performances abroad, service learning programs, and sports team travel abroad). WCU also has several exchange partnerships with institutions around the world. The deadlines, application process, and costs vary by program. Learn more about the program offerings by viewing our faculty/staff-led and exchange programs list.

Affiliate Partner Programs

We are currently partnered with 6 different study abroad program providers that specialize in creating study abroad programs for universities across the U.S. Our partner organizations were chosen based on their compatibility with WCU and therefore are often an academic fit. Please note that the program provider sets application deadlines and requirements that are beyond the control of WCU, and it is necessary to pay careful attention to all of their posted application information. To begin the application and pre-approval processes, students must first meet with a study abroad advisor to go over which program will be the best fit, then start the WCU application.

Our office provides support for 3 types of education abroad programs, faculty/staff-led, exchange, and programs offered by our 6 affiliate partners.

  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)
  • CEA Global Education
  • CISAbroad
  • Institute for American Universities (IAU College)
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

WCU Application Process

  • All students planning on participating on any Education Abroad program (WCU faculty-led, affiliated partner program, Non-WCU/Non-affiliate) are required to complete the WCU application first. The WCU application is completely online with exception to the transfer credit approval form which must be completed and returned to the Center for International Programs (CIP) if a student is wishing to receive any credit on a program outside of WCU faculty-led programs. Students will be sent a link via email once they have decided on a program they want to do and have reached out to the study abroad office with their decision. Students will sign-in to their application using their WCU credentials to begin the application. Within the application, students will receive check marks after each document has been "received" in the system.

Apply for a Study Abroad Program

WCU Study Abroad Application Fee: $100

  • All students who apply for an international program will be billed a non-refundable, one-time $100 study abroad application fee through the WCU Bursar office. This fee is necessary to cover the costs of the services that each student is receiving, and to support all future international activities at WCU. Students that participate on multiple international programs while at WCU will not be re-charged this fee.


  • 2.5 minimum GPA is a standard GPA requirement for most study abroad programs, however each program will determine its own eligibility requirements.
  • Transfer students must complete at least one full semester at WCU before they can study abroad
  • Proper completion of the application/approval process in WCU’s online system

If you are ready to apply and have already had an advising session with Lisa Drusedum, please email with the name of the program you wish to apply to. Please keep in mind that submission of a study abroad application is not a guarantee of acceptance. Once you have turned in all of the materials required for your study abroad program, your application will be reviewed and a decision will be made regarding your acceptance into the program at that point in time. For students participating in an exchange or affiliated-partner program, final admissions decisions are made by the international program abroad and are out of WCU's control.

Non-WCU Students

Some WCU faculty-led programs are available to non-WCU students, which will be expressed on the home page for that program. If you are a student at another University wishing to participate on one of WCU's study abroad programs, email to receive information about the application process.

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