Study abroad is a most valuable experience because it expands students' awareness of global perspectives, strengthens their language skills, and builds understanding and appreciation of other cultures. Students can also obtain internships in the US that offer an appropriate intercultural or international component. By the end of this element, students complete a project whose purpose is to help them learn about their destination, enhance their cultural observation skills while they are abroad or completing their internship, reflect on the impact of their experience once they return, and articulate why the it mattered and what hard and soft skills they developed as a result of their experience. During the course of study, students are encouraged to engage in meaningful service-learning activities including engagement in the community and activities that increase awareness on humanitarian issues especially those relating to displaced people, refugees, and immigrants.
Every year, many CSE programs organize study trips in various countries around the world including England, France, Italy, Greece, Germany, as well as service oriented trips such the one organized by the Nursing program with the linguistic/cultural support of the WCL program in the Dominican Republic.
In 2013, WCL is yet again going to Paris and Loire. Check this site for up-to-date information.