Faculty-Led Study Abroad Courses

How to Apply

Email the Extended Studies Department for applications.

Financial Aid

Students must take at least 6 credits in the summer to POSSIBLY be eligible for summer financial aid. For more information contact the Financial Aid Department. 


Tanzania Advanced Leadership with Dr. Brooke Moran and Matthew Ebbott

December 26, 2018 - January 11, 2019

This course is full and is no longer taking applications.

Program Overview: This course will deepen participants’ understanding and practice of leadership through a group expedition in Tanzania. Whether backpacking around the Ngorongoro Crater (which boasts the highest concentration of mammals in the world) and visiting with Maasai tribes, seeing the great migration in the Serengeti, or doing service at the Eyesai Vocational Girls’ School, we will investigate various aspects of leadership including decision making, purpose, servant leadership, edgework, mindfulness, nonviolent communication, etc. Expedition dates are 12/28-1/9 (which will entail flying from the USA on 12/26 and departing Tanzania on 1/10 for people who would like to travel with the group). 

When: December 28, 2018 - January 11, 2019
Credit: ROE 497 - 3 credits
Cost: $3,287.50(course fee) + $375 (credit cost) = $3,662.50 

For registration information and to request an application packet, please contact Western Extended Studies at extendedstudies@western.edu or 970.943.2885.


London: City as Text -  HNRS 397

May 20, May 31, 2019

This course is full and is no longer taking applications.

Program Overview: The overall purpose of the course, London: City as Text, is to provide Honors students the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich and influential literary and artistic culture of London.  The course includes the distinctive component of original interdisciplinary research and experiential learning engaging the key features of the city, including exploration of places associated with significant contributions to western literary and artistic history.  In addition, by working directly with primary resources housed in some of London’s most exciting and diverse museum and library collections, students will sharpen existing analytical skills and learn new methods by working with primary resources in order to pursue a research project relating to the city based upon individual-specific academic skills.

When: May 20, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Credit: HNRS 397
Cost: $1,425(course fee) + $375 (credit cost) = $1,800

For registration information and to request an application packet, please contact Western Extended Studies at extendedstudies@western.edu or 970.943.2885.


Cultural Psychology: The Hawaiian Identity

May 13 - June 2, 2019

This course is full and is no longer taking applications.

Course Description:

The course begins with class meetings during spring semester. During this time you will receive readings, view films on Hawaiian history and culture and prepare for the Hawaiian experiences and studies. On May 12 we will meet in Denver to fly to Hawaii.  In Hawaii, we begin our exploration in the capital city of Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Honolulu has many attractions and historical monuments (e.g., Pearl Harbor and the Bishop Museum). In addition, we have guest speakers from the Hawaiian Studies program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. 

Next we will travel to Maui to spend a couple of days in Lahaina talking with activists who are concerned about recovery of Hawaiian culture and are working to recapture sacred sites. From there we will fly back to Denver where you will connect with your flight home. It’s a short course, packed with cultural information and scenic vistas.  

When: May 13, 2019 - June 2, 2019
Credit: PSY 397
Cost: $2,470 (course fee) + $375 (credit cost) =  $2,845 (3 credits) 

For registration information and to request an application packet, please contact Western Extended Studies at extendedstudies@western.edu or 970.943.2885.


Maya Archaeology Field School in Belize

May 26 - June 19, 2019

Course Description:

During this unique program you will spend four weeks living and working in a professional archaeological camp in northwestern Belize. This is an intense program, during which you will spend 6 days/week excavating and participating in related activities at the ancient Maya community of Medicinal Trail. The program is an experience you will remember for years as it provides not only a tremendous learning experience but also an opportunity for personal growth and exposure to the culture of the Latin American/Caribbean area.


Through hands on experience, you will learn the general aspects of field archaeology: excavation, survey, mapping, artifact processing and artifact analysis.

Education is through hands-on practical courses that will require strenuous physical activity and manual dexterity. Field and lab training will be supplemented by occasional lectures, but most of the course is practical. All project participants will have the opportunity to participate in various aspects of archaeological fieldwork.

When: May 26, 2019 - June 19, 2019
Credits: ANTH 197 - 4 Credits, ANTH 469 - 4 Credits
Cost: $2,300 (course fee) + $400 (credit fee) = $2,700

For registration information and to request an application packet, please contact Western Extended Studies at extendedstudies@western.edu or 970.943.2885.

Payment Information:

March 29, 201:  ​$1,500 non refundable deposit
April 19, 2019: $1,200 payment

Meet the Professor:

Dr. David M. Hyde

Professor, Dr. David Hyde

B.A University of Texas at Austin
M.A Washington State University
Ph.d University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hyde has taught at Western Colorado University in the Anthropology department since 2011. He was one of the founders of the MGMM program. He is a well-published anthropological archaeologist specializing in Maya archaeology. Dr. Hyde has twenty years of archaeological experience, with most of his work taking place in Belize, Central America, where he has directed a field school for the University of Texas in San Antonio and for Western Colorado University since 2009. 

To learn more about the course contact Dr. David M. Hyde at dhyde@western.edu.

To register for this course email the Extended Studies department at extendedstudies@western.edu to obtain a registration packet.

The Office of Extended Studies provides students with the resources and tools they need to prepare for a healthy and safe term abroad. Because there are inherent risks in international travel, the university cannot guarantee student safety abroad.  Although Western takes every reasonable precaution to enhance the safety of its students, individual students must take primary responsibility to maintain their health and minimize their risky behavior. All students are required to sign an enrollment contract and waiver of liability to enroll in a study abroad program.

In addition to the health and safety information listed below, each trip has additional health and safety information available that is region specific.  This information can be found on the webpage for the trip. 


A study abroad experience, while extremely rewarding, can often bring health challenges as you adjust to new schedules, routines, eating habits and cultural norms.  It is important to prepare to manage your health prior to departure and throughout your experience abroad. Remember that studying abroad will be stressful both physically and mentally. A healthy mind and body are essential for a successful education abroad experience. Please read the following points carefully to prepare yourself for any health issues that may emerge while you are abroad. If you are experiencing or have experienced physical or emotional problems, please carefully consider your readiness for an international experience. If you are experiencing emotional, eating or substance abuse problems, strongly consider deferring your participation in a program until you have the concern well under control. If you do intend to participate in the program while managing a health issue, speak with your doctor or counselor well in advance of departure to devise a plan for your ongoing care. 

Prescription Medication

When feasible, bring an adequate supply of medication to last the full term abroad.  Do not ship medications as they are likely to be held up in customs for an extended period of time or not arrive at all. Bring medications in their original labeled containers along with copies of prescriptions.  Know the generic names of all medications.


In some countries, immunizations may be required or recommended.  Check with your doctor as well as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control which offers a study abroad and Traveler's Health section.

Students with Disabilities

Students with apparent or non-apparent disabilities will likely need to take special measures when planning a study abroad experience.  Appropriate accommodations and facilities may not be available in all locations, so discuss your needs with your study abroad advisor as far in advance as possible.  Your study abroad advisor and Western's coordinator of disability services will work together to assist you. Mobility International is a valuable resource for students with disabilities.

Register Your Travel

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency.

Staying Safe Abroad

  • Use alcohol wisely and never use illegal drugs.  Impaired judgment puts you at increased risk for accident, injury and crime.
  • Do not walk alone at night.
  • Be aware of local laws and act in a responsible manner.
  • Never leave your belongings unattended.
  • Do not store or carry your documents and money together in one place.  Carry only the necessities to minimize chance for loss.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not display money openly. 
  • Be inconspicuous in dress and demeanor. Be aware of belongings that might be perceived as valuable to thieves.
  • Do not drive or hitchhike.
  • Be wary of people who seem overly friendly or interested in you.
  • Know your local 911 equivalent and other emergency contacts.

When participating in a travel abroad trip, all students are asked to read the General Health and Safety documentation along with the additional documentation provided by their professor. 

While each student traveling should have their own health insurance, Western purchases travel insurance as well.  ATLAS is the company currently being used.

Communicating Your Plans

Always inform the on-site coordinator at the host institution and your family of your travel plans (destinations, itineraries and how to contact you), even if it is just a weekend trip. This information is vital in case you need to be contacted in the event of an emergency. Needless to say, be certain to educate yourself about any destination you plan to visit prior to your departure.

In Times of Political Conflict

  • Make sure you always carry the emergency contact numbers for your on-site coordinator, the U.S. embassy/consulate and the police.
  • Stay informed of the current political situation in your host country by using the local media. Consult the U.S. Department of State travel advisories. http://travel.state.gov
  • Avoid potential target areas, especially bars, clubs, fast food restaurants, banks churches, embassies/consulates frequented by U.S. citizens.
  • Stay away from areas known to have large concentrations of residents unfriendly to the United States.
  • Stay out of political demonstrations. Resist the temptation to satisfy your curiosity and investigate what is happening. Go to a secure location and watch it on the news.
  • Do not agree to newspaper, TV, or radio interviews regarding political conflicts or controversial issues. Remain inconspicuous.

Parent Resources

The decision to study abroad is an important one and the Office of Extended Studies encourages parents and families to support their student as they prepare for a time of exciting academic experiences and significant personal growth.  At the same time, we understand that sending a son or daughter overseas can be a nerve-wracking experience for any parent.  There are a number of ways that you can inform and prepare yourself and your student for this experience.

We encourage students to take responsibility for their learning experience, beginning with the selection of their program and the completion of the application process. Students learn a great deal of information about studying abroad and their particular program through our extensive orientation process. We encourage students to share information about their program with their family, but you will also find a great deal of helpful information throughout our website.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Extended Studies with any questions you may have.

Director - Kirky Lokie
Program Manager- Anne Chavez
Western Colorado University
Taylor Hall 303
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231