Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Study Abroad

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*NEW! Western International Introduces the Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor

Contemporary globalized society favours university graduates with global and intercultural competencies, and Western International's new Global and Intercultural Engagement Honor will recognize students' experience and engagement in such activities during their time at Western. Once achieved, the Honor will appear on the student's official transcript upon graduation. The structure of this program allows students to incorporate both curricular and extracurricular activities. Students awarded this honor will be global-ready graduates: they will have the skills required to negotiate an increasingly globalized reality, both professionally and personally. Learn more


Enhance your academic experiences through an exchange or study abroad program, or through one of our new Community Engaged Learning courses. Develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to become competent global citizens. Create memories and friendships that last a lifetime and apply your classroom knowledge to the real world. Popular exchange options for Arts and Humanities students include Australia, Great Britain and China. For more information on studying abroad visit the Western Student Development Centre 

Community Service Learning Courses:

rwandaRwanda: Culture, Society and Reconstruction

Immerse yourself in an experiential learning opportunity of a lifetime in Rwanda. This course is based in the Department of French Studies in Rwanda and offers our students the opportunity to serve in an international social and cultural setting.  Course work will prepare students to deal with issues related to the history and culture of Rwanda, and will offer an in-depth look at a number of contemporary social issues. Guest lecturers will be invited to speak to the class. A stay in Rwanda of four to six weeks will be required for the completion of the course. Students will also work with agencies that offer community services in London in order to gain local experiential and service learning before going to Rwanda.

For more info visit the French Studies website


Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World (Guatemala)

guatemalaInterested in International Community Service Learning for which you can get credit? Spanish 3500G: Community Service Learning in the Hispanic World (Guatemala) course will provide students with an opportunity to learn about Guatemalan society, culture and history, but also about themselves by serving in an international social and cultural setting. The readings and documentaries for the course will deal with issues related to the rich history and culture of Guatemala and will offer an in-depth look at a number of contemporary social issues. Guest lecturers will be invited to speak to the students about their experiences in this fascinating country.

In addition to classroom study spread out over one term, three weeks of active and interactive community service in Guatemala will be required for the completion of the course (in early May, after the exam period is over). Our main community partner in Guatemala is the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, located in the city of Quetzaltenango. THE COURSE AND EVALUATIONS WILL BE ENTIRELY IN SPANISH.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

More information visit the Modern Language and Literatures Website


Community Service Learning in Holguín, Cuba

cubaInterested in International Community Service Learning experience? Students enrolled in Spanish 2200 and 3300 have the opportunity to spend their Reading Week in Holguín, Cuba working with community partners in places such as: a farm, a retirement home and a home for blind children. This experience will no only improve language skills, but allow students to experience life abroad working with important community organizations.

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: TBD

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Exchanges & Study Abroad:

abroadNice, France

Spend your third year in Nice, France soaking up the culture and language while earning Western-approved credits. Offered through the Department of French Studies, this program is the longest running exchange program at Western and has been in operation for twenty years.

For more info visit the French Studies Website.


Summer Study in Tours, France

Spend your summer soaking up French culture and language in Tours, France and receive a credit too! Take summer courses, taught in English, at the University of Tours, for Western credit in Social Science, Arts & Humanities and Music. French language courses are also offered.

For more info visit the French Studies website


germanyGermany: Ontario / Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program

The Ontario/Baden-Württemberg (OBW) program offers a range of overseas exchange opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines in the two partner regions. Since the program’s founding in 1990, approximately 2,000 university students from the Province of Ontario (Canada) and the state of Baden-Württemberg (Germany) have enhanced their education through the experience of living and studying overseas. Many of the participants have spoken of their exchange as a life-changing experience, and all of them have made an important individual contribution to international understanding, cooperation, and friendship between two regions known for their cultural, economic, and scientific leadership.

Visit the Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Program website 

Contact Prof. Darby, Ontario/Baden-Württemberg Exchange Officer, ddarby@uwo.ca


cubaHolguin, Cuba

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Western University, in partnership with the University of Holguín, Oscar Lucero Moya (UHO) offer a chance for students to immerse themselves in the language and culture of Cuba, while earning course credit at Western.

Full courses (Spanish 1030, 2200 and 3300) are planned to run from April 29 to June 7, 2014 (6 weeks, with 20 hours of instruction per week).

Half courses are planned to run from April 29 to May 10 and May 13 to May 24, 2014 (two weeks, with 20 hours of instruction per week) 
Course availability is subject to student interest

Cultural and recreational excursions are organized for all participants.

All courses are taught in Spanish, with the exception of Spanish 1030  for beginners.

Cultural and recreational excursions are organized for all participants.

For more info visit the Modern Languages and Literatures Website


italyStudy Abroad and Exchange, Italy

 There are plenty of opportunites for both Study Abroad and Exchange within Italy.

For more info visit the Modern Languages and Literatures Website