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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. 

2016-2017 Faculty-Led Courses

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

Madrid, Spain | May 15 -30, 2017

LEAD 494 (3 credits)

This course will address leadership practices and theories within the contexts of countries around the world. The spring semester will focus on studying leadership within several cultures around the world and will include extensive history and background on the embedded international experience sites. 

For more information, contact Mike Corelli at or Tacquice Wiggan-Davis at

Cartago, Costa Rica | May 14 – June 4, 2017

SPAN 240 (6 credits)

SPAN 240 is a highly intensive course that will cover the equivalent of SPAN 231 and 232 in only one semester. It is designed for motivated students who have completed SPAN 102 or have placed into SPAN 231. The class will meet for 5 hours daily during the week on the campus of Instituto Technologico in Cartago, Costa Rica. This is an intensive 3-week course involving grammar and culture lessons, guest speakers and educational trips while interacting with the people of Costa Rica to increase fluency.  This course also includes living with a local family in Costa Rica to increase fluency and cultural knowledge. There will be weekend trips to museums, churches, schools, historical ruins, etc.

For more information, contact Garrett Fisher at

Stuttgart, Germany | May 31-June 30, 2017

GER 240 & GER 493 (6 credits)

In this intensive course, students will continue to develop their basic knowledge about the German-speaking world, and through that content, acquire functional proficiency in German. In the mornings, students will spend three hours (including breaks), working in the classroom.  In the afternoons, students will undertake various activities in Stuttgart that put your classroom knowledge to real, authentic use in a German-speaking environment.

For more information, contact Will Lehman at

Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania | June 3-July 3, 2017

ANTH 493 (6 credits)

This class is a project centered around the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvania village of Patakfalva. Students will explore how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of the individuals interred within the church walls and associated cemetery. Students will work outside, 40 hours per week in temperatures ranging from 65 to 95 degrees Fahrenheit, carefully excavating human remains. 

For more information, contact Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua at

Valencia, Spain

SPAN 394 (6 credits)

Spend three weeks in Valencia, a beautiful, historic and cosmopolitan city on the Mediterranean Sea. It is highly recommended that students complete SPAN 232 or 240 before participating in the program.

For more information, contact Albert Centeno-Pulido at or Lori Oxford

Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania | June 30 - July 31, 2017


ANTH 493-Section 2 (6 credits)

This project is the excavation of an abandoned medieval church in the Transylvanian village of Patakfalva (Valeni). The class will explore how centuries of religious and political upheaval have influenced demographics and health of the individuals interred within the church walls and the associated cemetery. This field school project is part of a broader investigation of the abandonment of medieval churches in the area and provides significant opportunities for students to get involved in international bioarchaeology, multi-institution networking, and collaboration and addressing biological, archaeological and cultural questions.

For more information, contact Katie Zejdlik-Passalacqua at


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