John Schweikart

John SchweikartMerhaba! and ¡Hola! (That’s “Hello” in Turkish and “Hello” in Spanish).

I’m John Schweikart, the Study Abroad Advisor for International Programs & Services. What is it I do?  I work with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty here at WCU to explore all potential study-abroad and research-abroad opportunities so that we can make a once-in-a-lifetime international experience a reality for you. You might be saying to yourself, “… this all sounds great, but I can’t afford the time or the money to study-abroad right now…”, but really, you should ask yourself if you can afford not to look into the possibilities that are out there. Globalization has become commonplace in nearly every field of study and the world is literally at everyone’s doorstep. Will there really be a better time for you to look into doing this other than right now? And what opportunities might be passing you by without you even knowing about them? You might be very pleased to find out that there is an ever-increasing number and diversity of study-abroad opportunities happening all over the world which are affordable and can be applied to specific research topics, your major, your minor, or even to elective studies. Nearly all of these programs and opportunities can be tailored to your individual graduation and/or research needs and our office makes sure you keep on track with your academic schedule and that you have the most rewarding experience possible.  So, please contact me and let’s talk about what I can do to help you see what opportunities are waiting for you to discover! My office is in the Belk Building Room 273, and feel free to call me at 828-227-2567 or e-mail me at

More about John:

After high school I studied in Istanbul for a year and wow! What a life-changing event!  I’m crazy about archaeology/anthropology and I have “dug” in Arizona, much of the Midwest, Cyprus, as well as in Greece.  While I’m a city boy from Ohio, my heart is in the mountains. I love music (bluegrass especially), being outside in all kinds of weather, and most of all, being with my mountain wife, “The Bone Lady”.  My other passions include riding my Bajaj scooter-which to me is both smart transportation and a mobile art-form, dining international whenever possible, as well as sharing my life with the three best dogs and three best cats on the planet.

John Schweikart


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