Faculty & Staff Information

Traveling Internationally for WCU?
We offer travel tips and advisories.  And all faculty and staff traveling overseas on university business are required to submit a completed International Travel Request and Approval Form AND a Policy 100 form prior to your departure.  

Want to Teach or Research Abroad?
Many external agencies offer grants, scholarships, and fellowships to help teachers and administrators study and work abroad. A major resource is the Fulbright Scholar Program. Additionally, faculty exchanges are possible with our international partners.
International Faculty at WCU
Increasingly, international faculty are teaching and visiting the WCU campus for short-term and long-term experiences.   Learn more recruitment, hiring procedures and visas for international faculty. Learn more about the procedures for inviting an international colleague/researcher to campus for a few weeks, semester or year.

Teaching and Advising International Students
Since international students bring other challenges to academic advising, the teaching/learning process, and cultural understanding, IPS seeks to assist faculty with these issues.

Advising Study Abroad Students

It is critical that the "study" part of "studying abroad" makes sense for a student's program requirements. What they take abroad should be relevant to their course of study at Western.

Towards that end, students planning to study abroad on a non-faculty led program must meet with their academic advisor and department head, and in the case of Liberal Studies courses, the Associate Director of the Academic Advising Center. Students must bring along course descriptions and/or syllabi so that their advisor/dept head can assess courses at the host university for equivalencies here at Western. The Study Abroad Course Approval Form MUST be completed and submitted to the Study Abroad Office by the end of the semester prior to a student's term abroad. This is communicated clearly to students throughout their study abroad preparations. Instructions are also printed on the Form.
*There are some exceptions to this policy, e.g. when a student plans to study a language in the host country, they may be required to take a placement exam upon arrival. In these cases, it is not possible to fully complete the Form ahead of time. These situations are taken on a case-by-case basis.


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