There's a Whole World Out ThereExplore Westmont’s Global Programs
Expand Your Horizons with Global Education
Westmont is unique in that we offer ten faculty-led semester-long programs on a rotating schedule along with programs at over 30 affiliate institutions. We encourage students to schedule a study abroad advising appointment in their first semester on campus to see how they can best prepare for an off-campus experience and fulfill GE, major, minor or elective credit.
Learn more about programs offered, when they take place, and the application process
Have you returned from an off campus program? Do you want to explore global issues more deeply?
The Global Studies Fellows Program offers students returning from an off-campus semester the chance to be part of a special seminar course examining a wide panorama of global themes and challenges. Students who enroll in the Global Studies Fellows Seminar may also complete additional credits to achieve a minor in Global Studies.
Mayterm and summer session programs offer students up to 8 units of credit while studying off campus in the summer. All programs are faculty-led and provide students with an opportunity to learn, live, and engage with the culture around them while building community with their Mayterm cohort.
Mayterm and Summer Session programs 2023 are accepting application. Click on program links to learn more. Applications for international programs are due November 15.
Semester in Social Entrepreneurship
Westmont Downtown is an off-campus program preparing students to apply the liberal arts to real life. Through tailored mentoring and teamwork, students draw on their academic disciplines to creatively transform their community.
Discover the people, places, and politics of Asia
Learn about the rich cultural heritage of a range of Asian countries. Explore the dramatic changes taking place in countries in East and Southeast Asia. Previous programs have included studies in China, India, Korea, or Singapore. Students fulfill several general education requirements including modern language and communicating cross-culturally.
Want to experience a region of the world that is really, really important? This program introduces you to the rich cultural heritage of Asia. If you love cross-cultural experiences, tasting fine Asian cuisines, and learning about the oldest religions of the world, this program is custom made for you!
East meets Westmont...
You can rely on stereotypes and headlines to learn about Islam, or you could live in the epicenter of the Islamic world and learn from Muslims themselves. You can speculate why most countries in the Middle East aren't democratic, or you can observe firsthand three countries in the throes of democratic transitions and backslides. You can pray for peace in Israel and Palestine - or you can also find out how to work for peace.
During this semester you will live in Cairo, a developing world megalopolis, pulsating with energy, people and life. At the heart of the Arab World, Cairo is, in the words of the medieval traveler Ibn Battuta, um al dunya, "mother of the world".
You will be encouraged to experience another culture from the inside, studying Arabic, navigating your way around the city and interacting with Egyptians on a daily basis. You will develop relationships with your neighbors and Egyptian university students. You will for a season become an urban person, and learn to be comfortable negotiating a foreign metropolitan landscape. After 10 weeks in Cairo, you will spend 10 days in Istanbul and three weeks in Jerusalem.
You will also experience what it means to live in community in a new way.
Jesus wandered here. You should too.
Make Jerusalem home for the semester. Wander the labyrinth of the Old City. Banter in markets where shopkeepers know your name. Prep for class in your favorite café. Learn the rhythms of the Holy City, where Jews welcome Sabbath at the Western Wall, where Muslims stream to the Al Aqsa mosque for prayers, where Christians reenact Jesus’ journey to the cross. Three peoples jostle for space in the streets of Jerusalem. So will you.
Discover the Mexico you never knew...
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 located in the beautiful, colonial city of Querétaro.
WIM offers an integrative curriculum, in which topics learned in one class are reinforced and expanded upon in others, as well as in field trips and local excursions. Most importantly, students are learning and applying something new each and every day both inside and outside the classroom.
Explore Christ's Call to be Peacemakers
What does “Blessed are the peacemakers” mean for us today? Join us as we travel to fascinating places and meet remarkable people who have known first-hand the conflicts facing their countries and have been directly involved in peacemaking efforts.
What does “Blessed are the peacemakers” mean for us today? Join us as we travel to fascinating places and meet remarkable people Fall 2023. The program welcomes who will have sophomore-level standing the semester of the program, juniors and seniors. Please note that priority in the selection process will not be determined by class standing.
Make the beautiful and challenging city of San Francisco your classroom!
At Westmont in San Francisco, you’ll spend a semester with a living-learning community open to all majors while interning in the city and studying an exciting curriculum focused on global studies.
Priority will be given to students who apply by the deadline. However, there may still be slots available after the standard deadline.
Literature comes alive in the land of its origin
Discover the terrain where British and Irish literature was written. And, though the name is England Semester, be ready to explore beyond England to Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. England Semester brings together a community of Westmont students enlivened by new experiences, passionate about language and literature, and eager to broaden their cultural horizons.
You will learn and grow from first-hand experience of sites in Britain and Ireland, from theater performances, guest lecturers, hosts, current events, and artifacts which have played, and are still playing, significant roles in British and Irish history and literature.
What is Europe Semester?
Europe Semester couples intensive study with first-hand experience of the places and people that have shaped European history and cultures. You will travel widely, read, research, and write extensively, and learn from experts and everyday people from across Europe. Your courses will fulfill Common Inquiries requirements from Westmont's General Education program, but your academic experience will be much more than meeting requirements.
Go deeper. Challenge your understanding of healthcare, culture, faith in action and international development in beautiful Uganda.
Westmont’s Global Health in Uganda Program provides undergraduate students in health-related disciplines the opportunity to complete global health coursework and to participate in an international field internship in Uganda. Recent internship locations include local hospitals, clinics, child development centers, and public health organizations.
Since 80% of the population lives in rural settings in Uganda, you will visit healthcare initiatives implementing education, counseling, and clinical care alongside community healthcare workers, volunteers, and others mobilized for improved health and livelihoods in the countryside of Uganda.