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Study Abroad: The World Is Whitworth’s Classroom

“I have learned and grown more than I ever could have imagined. The experiences I had in Valparaíso, Chile, have shaped me significantly and, most importantly, have profoundly matured my faith.”
– Katie Tassan, ’15, Speech Communication & Spanish Double Major

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Whitworth students live in an increasingly interdependent world. To serve and lead in our ever-evolving global community, they must be able to navigate international cultures, politics, socioeconomics, religions and languages with skill and insight.

Whitworth is committed to making the world its classroom: the university offers more than 30 faculty-led off-campus study programs throughout the world. Whitworth also offers students numerous opportunities for independent study through partnerships with more than 150 universities worldwide.

Program features include rigorous, interdisciplinary study in which students gain essential skills and earn credits toward their degree; intensive language immersion; homestays with local families; internships with businesses and non-profit organizations; and service-learning projects.

Studies show – and Whitworth students consistently cite – that studying abroad is a life-changing experience that challenges students’ assumptions, broadens their worldview perspectives, and shifts their priorities. Students encounter critical global issues, learn to ask hard questions and analyze complex problems, and they become motivated to seek solutions. Studying abroad also helps students discern their vocational interests and career goals: they often decide to expand or change their academic majors, to attend graduate school, or to engage in international work after graduating.

Your Gift Makes a Difference

The Whitworth 2021 vision and strategic plan calls for the university to expand traditional undergraduate student participation in study-abroad programs, from 45 percent in 2014 to 70 percent by the year 2021.

In addition to the expenses required for the university to develop new programs, the cost of studying abroad can be prohibitive for many students. Most Whitworth study-abroad programs require regular tuition, plus fees ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to pay for travel, lodging, meals and admission to sites and events. Program fees often rise each year, due to the increasing costs of international airfare, lodging and living expenses in other countries.

Your gift in this area will allow Whitworth to develop new programs and will help more students to study abroad, preparing them for lives of effective global service and leadership.

Given the enduring academic, career, intercultural, personal and social benefits of studying abroad, few other life experiences prove to net such a positive and sustainable impact. When Whitworth students meet their global neighbors face to face, learn to speak their language, and experience their daily lives, students’ minds and hearts open to the rich complexity of humanity and they step into a new world of possibilities.