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Explore your world: study abroad

By: Caillin Murray and Haley Luke

International Education Week is here and to recognize, The Journal compiled the best information every student considering studying abroad should know.

Since the study abroad program’s inception in the 1970s, Webster has continued to expand its study abroad experience. What started out as a single campus in Geneva has now grown to five international campuses, in London, England; Vienna, Austria; Geneva, Switzerland; Cha-Am, Thailand; Leiden, The Netherlands and three cultural exchange programs in Guadalajara, Mexico; Osaka, Japan; and Beijing, China.

For a Webster student studying abroad, tuition at the home campus stays the same at an international campus.  There are scholarships as well — like the Webster World Traveler Award — which fully cover the cost of airfare to the student’s campus of choice.

There are no degree requirements for students to study abroad; however, each campus has different course offerings for students.  The study abroad office and academic advisors can help students decide which campus would be most appropriate for them.  There are no language requirements for students studying abroad at an international Webster campus.  For cultural immersion exchange programs, some language proficiency is required.

U.S. News & World Report ranked Webster’s study abroad program as one of the top 27 programs in the nation in its “America’s Best Colleges” 2012 edition.

Webster even opens its doors to non-Webster students who want to study abroad through its program. Currently, 26 other affiliate institutions utilize the Webster International Network of Schools (WINS) program to send their students abroad. Local schools like St. Louis University (SLU) and Fontbonne University take advantage of the WINS program, as well as national schools such as University of Cincinnati.

So, what are you waiting for? Dig into this issue, and start planning your study abroad adventure!

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