The Explorations/Study Abroad Center at Baldwin Wallace University engages students through global exploration and off-campus study that enhances personal growth, educational enrichment, and career development as part of the college's liberal arts effort to cultivate contributing and compassionate citizens. We are available to help students through all of the stages of studying abroad, researching the "perfect" host institution, assisting you through the application process, offering tips on packing and providing correspondence while abroad. We'll also offer a session to help you re-adjust upon your return to Baldwin Wallace. Each of us has traveled abroad and we are eager to share our experiences with others. Stop by our office on the 2nd floor of the Strosacker Hall - Student Union.
Steps to Studying Off-Campus
When contemplating to study abroad, there are many factors you should consider: locale, course offerings, opportunity for travel, learning/perfecting a foreign language, opportunity for cross-cultural experiences, obtaining professional skills. More specifically, in what country or city would you like to study? How long would your ideal program last (semester, academic year, summer)? When would you like to leave? Is cost a factor? Will you need financial assistance to carry out your plans? Do you already receive or qualify for financial aid at Baldwin Wallace University? What courses or subject areas would you like to study? Do you have specific degree requirements that must be fulfilled? Have you met with your advisor? These questions are not meant to intimidate you, but instead to help you organize your thoughts, rational, and objectives for studying-away. Begin by meeting with your academic advisor and add "Study Abroad" to your GradPlan. You will also want to begin exploring our program page to determine which programs are of interest to you and which programs best fit with your field of study. We also recommend that in the fall, you attend our annual Study Abroad Fair.
Meet with the Study Abroad Center
You can request an advising appointment Or just visit the Study Abroad Center located on the 2nd floor of the Union. We welcome walk-ins during normal business hours Monday-Friday from 8:30-5:00 pm.
To begin your Baldwin Wallace study abroad application:
- Go to the Programs page.
- Once you have decided on a program click "Apply Now."
- Login using your BW user name and password.
- Read and complete the list of application requirements.
- Receive an official acceptance from Explorations/Study Abroad.
- Continue reading and completing additional online application documents.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors, are excited to share their experiences and help others learn how to make studying abroad a reality. Peer Advisors can give PowerPoint presentations about study abroad opportunities or can plug into your events in whatever way you see fit. The presentation contains a Powerpoint with the basics about studying abroad and can also be tailored to suit the needs and interests of your group. We also have a seven minute video that highlights studying abroad from the student perspective. The presentation can take as little as 5 minutes or as much as one hour depending on your needs.
Please submit your request at least one week in advance. Once a Peer Advisor is scheduled for your request, you will receive an email confirmation. To submit a request, please click here.
The Explorations/Study Abroad office would like to invite you to take a look at our 2014-2015 Newsletter. Our newsletter includes contributions from study abroad alumni, students currently studying abroad, international exchange students, and BW faculty.
Roughly 14% of BW students choose to study abroad, a total well over the national average of only 5% - 10%. I hope that you’ll take a moment out of your day to see what your fellow students have been up to: you might just see a face or two that you recognize!
Charlie Hayes, a junior in the International Studies program at Baldwin Wallace University, was chosen as one of the youngest interns for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Want to read more about his experience? Visit BW News and Events.