Warren Wilson College Catalog 04-05

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The Warren Wilson Cross-Cultural/
International Experience: The WorldWide Program

The WorldWide Program offers every qualified student the opportunity to study off-campus on a cross-cultural educational field experience. WorldWide Program qualification is based on credit hours, residency, good standing, and acceptance of program rules, regulations, and orientations. A full-time, regular student who has acquired 60 credit hours from Warren Wilson College and has met residency and other conditions may take full advantage of the program and begin formal application for the program in a prescribed manner.

The WorldWide Program offers stated program options and identifies specific international sites as part of the program. These options and sites change from year to year, depending upon the academic interests of the faculty leaders, staff, and students.

Application and program fees are required. Program fees vary depending on the distance of the international location and the time to be spent in the field, but all WorldWide programs are supported through college funding. Transfer students should inquire about their status and the associated fees for enrolling in the program. No student is required to participate.

Study Abroad: The College offers numerous overseas educational study opportunities. Through programs and partnerships, students have elected to spend a semester in Japan at Kansai Gaidai University; in Korea at Hannam University; in Mexico at Universidad del Valle de Mexico; in Northern Ireland at the University of Ulster, the Queen's University of Belfast, or the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education; in England at Oxford University or Imperial College, London; in China at the Beijing Institute of Education; at BorderLinks in Tuscon, Arizona and Nogales, Mexico; at the Universite Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France; or for internationally related academic internships at The Washington Center. Selection for placement in these programs may be competitive. Full academic credit is available for work completed during exchanges with other United States accredited institutions.

To participate in any of these programs, students must apply, meet all WorldWide requirements, and must have their proposed studies approved by their academic advisors. (For further details, contact the Director of International Programs and the Registrar's Office.)

Short-term WorldWide Courses: Several short-term WorldWide courses in various academic disciplines are offered each year. This option combines an on-campus study course with two to four weeks of group travel during the summer or winter break directly following the academic term. Students and instructors travel together for study, work, and service in such places as Belize, Chile, China, Costa Rica, England, France, Greece, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, India, Jamaica, New Zealand, Russia, Thailand, or closer to home for a cross-cultural experience in the Bahamas, Canada, the American Southwest, Alaska, or Mexico. Travel is not permitted without satisfactory performance in the on-campus study course.

Term-length WorldWide Courses: The Warren Wilson College International Development Program legacy of cross-cultural study, living, and hands-on learning experiences has been a part of the Warren Wilson tradition for many years as student groups have explored such places as Guatemala, Mexico, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and India. Work, service, and home stays often accompany the study and intensive experiential learning features of the program.

External cross-cultural programs: A student meeting WorldWide qualifications may choose to participate in a cross-cultural, United States-accredited academic program administered by another college or reputable organization. To receive WorldWide program support for this option, students must plan carefully in advance with their academic advisors and obtain approval from the registrar and the WorldWide office by specified deadlines during the semester prior to their planned period of study. Details are available from the Director for International Programs.

(Because of long distances, expensive locations, or special educational missions, some WorldWide courses and study abroad experiences require that the student pay a higher fee for associated travel and/or expenses, in addition to the support provided by the college.)