Information for Faculty and Staff
Study abroad is a critical component of a comprehensive liberal arts undergraduate education. Studies have found that students who study abroad have improved academic performance upon returning to their home campus and higher graduation rates due to these highly engaged experiences. Warren Wilson provides financial support for qualified students to study abroad, making it an opportunity that they should not overlook. Students count on you, the faculty and staff, to advise them. Your assistance in planting the idea of study abroad and encouraging participation is greatly appreciated.
The International Programs Office promotes study abroad in a number of ways, but our impact is limited without the support of faculty and staff across campus. Below are some things that you can do to encourage your students to include an international or intercultural experience in their WWC education:
- Attend and encourage students to attend events and information sessions about study abroad. The International Programs Office holds Open House events several times a year, promotes events by study abroad returnees, and organizes International Programs Week in late February/early March every year.
- Invite International Programs staff to speak to your classes or work crews.
- Post program literature to your departmental bulletin boards.
- Encourage your advisees to study abroad. Ask them about their plans for study abroad during advising sessions.
- Arrange an information session with IPO staff on study abroad for students in your major.
- Discuss ways to support study abroad in your departmental meetings.
- Link your department homepage to the Study Abroad web page.
- Learn more about U.S. foreign policy and international relations online at the Council on Foreign Relation’s Educators website.