Westmont is a college with global concerns.
Scripture calls us to appreciate the rich diversity of human cultures – cultures shaped by people who bear the mark of God’s image in creation. We are to be a community informed and enriched by thoughtful and intentional study of and interaction with cultures other than our own. Westmont’s mission is to prepare students to function intelligently, effectively and for the good in a world of global politics, global economics, and global communications. This is why all Westmont students have the opportunity to study off-campus on one of the 65+ programs.
Take your education to the next step - experience life and learning in the world-class city of San Francisco, where the world comes to you. Discover your vocational calling through challenging courses and a professional internship. Engage in experiential learning with the integration of faith in our diverse world. Make connections within a community of students as you live in a beautiful Victorian house in the heart of San Francisco. [More]
Are you the kind of person who loves a challenge and an adventure? Does becoming more fluent in another language and building relationships with people of other cultures excite you? Would you like to explore Christianity in a new context and grow in ways you never thought possible? Well, Westmont in Mexico may be just for you! Westmont in Mexico (WIM) is a fall semester program led by Westmont faculty and is located in the beautiful, colonial city of Querétaro. [More]
Are you the sort of person who enjoys traveling, reading literature and seeing plays for a semester? The England Semester program is directed by English department faculty and combines travel to literary and cultural centers with residential study in the British Isles. Students earn between 12 and 16 units of credit in English from Westmont while studying English literature in the land of its origin, witnessing firsthand the birthplaces of major writers and the settings of their works. [More]
Westmont’s Europe Semester Program has been going for over forty years since its beginning in 1969 with 10 students. Enthusiasm for the unique learning opportunities it affords has remained strong ever since. During its history, over 1400 students have completed the program. Europe Semester couples intensive study with first-hand experience of the places and people that have shaped European history and cultures. You'll travel widely, read, research and write extensively, and learn from experts and everyday people from across Europe. [More]
Your home for the spring semester will be the Middle East. We will study and explore the culture, traditions and history of the region, with a home base in the ancient and conflicted city of Jerusalem. In addition to field trips in the Jerusalem area, we will spend substantial time exploring the rest of Israel and the West Bank (Palenstine), as well as four neighboring countries: Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and, hopefully, Syria. Off-campus learning will include classroom lectures, field trips and site visits. [More]
You can debate with your roommate whether Islam poses a global threat - or you can go to the heart of the Islamic world and find out. You can wonder whether people in the Middle East want to live in a democracy - or you can ask them. You can pray for peace in Israel and Palestine - or you can find out how to work for peace. You can walk to chapel - or you can walk the Via Dolorosa. [More]
This 12-day backpack trip to the northeastern wilderness area of Yosemite National Park is a special extension of the orientation program. Readings, discussions, and papers focus the course content on the uniqueness of a Westmont liberal arts education. It takes place before orientation and is for first-year and transfer students. [More]
Westmont Mayterm and Summer Programs are short-term study excursions that often include both on-campus study and travel. Programs offering general education courses as well as programs offering major-specific curricula are available. A number of options are available in any given year; in the past, such programs have included trips to Europe, England, Egypt, Israel, Sri Lanka, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Oregon, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica and Honduras. [More]