May 16, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (SAEP)

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International Studies and Programs
International Center, room 101
    See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.

Associate Director
Steven Cook, MA

Matthew Zielsdorf, senior education abroad advisor
Roberta Lowe, secretary senior

Program Information
Education Abroad provides students the opportunities to combine academic and cultural learning and, in so doing, challenge previous knowledge and assumptions, gain new perspectives on their field of study, access classes or materials unavailable at CWU and gain skills necessary in the 21st century workplace. Multiple recent studies have shown US employers place a high value on intercultural skills and cultural competency.

Programs are available in a variety of majors, destinations, durations and types, including internships and service-learning in addition to more traditional study programs. See the office website or come to our office for more information.

Study Abroad and Exchange Programs offers more than 150 international programs in 50 countries and over 170 exchange locations within the U.S. International internships are also available. Programs range in length from 10 days to one year. Programs grant academic credit that can be applied to major, minor, or breadth requirements with departmental approval. World language proficiency is not required and many programs offer coursework in English.

SAEP Standards

  • Minimum GPA 2.5 or higher; 2.0 for international internships.
  • Minimum sophomore standing for most programs; freshman standing for some faculty-led programs.
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Program-specific eligibility criteria are available on the SAEP website at

Financial Obligations
Exempt from CWU tuition. Program-specific fees apply. For more information,
see the SAEP website at
Most types of financial aid apply toward program costs. Aid may be increased if necessary depending on student aid eligibility.

College and Department Information

International Studies and Programs  

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