Recommendations for Transfer Students Interested in Study Abroad

The Office of Education Abroad in the Center for International Affairs at Case Western Reserve University provides a unique opportunity for students to personally experience another country and its culture, customs, people, language, and methods of problem-solving. There simply is no substitute! Students who study abroad develop important competencies that can be of great interest to professional and graduate schools, as well as future employers. Study abroad allows students to learn about themselves and their home culture through exposure to new ways of thinking and living that encourage personal growth and independence.

Regardless of academic interests, study abroad is open to all students at Case Western Reserve. Each year, hundreds of students spend anywhere from a week to a year studying in another country. Students can earn elective, breadth, minor, and even major credits on a study abroad program. We have more than 200 programs in more than 72 countries to fit all student’s needs.

Options for study abroad

You can jump right into a study abroad program for a semester or an academic year. Many academic departments across campus offer short-term programs during winter break, spring break, May, and summer. These opportunities consist of a CWRU class traveling abroad for one to three weeks, exploring how the course topic is experienced in another country or culture. Additionally, students can also participate in any of over 70 opportunities to study abroad at an international institution during summer break. We also offer Virtual Global & Intercultural learning programs for students who would like to take courses remotely, or conduct research and internships remotely with our international partners.

Your first semester is an excellent time to start planning for a semester or year-long study abroad experience! CWRU offers a varied portfolio of semester or year-long study abroad options for all majors.  If you plan early, you may find that you’re better able to make the most out of your study abroad, and can more easily fit it into your four-year plan. 

CWRU study abroad advisors are happy to meet with you at any time to help you find the program that meets your academic, career, and personal goals. For example, you can study abroad and complete research, an internship, volunteer/service or participate in a medical shadowing experience while on your study abroad.  To schedule an appointment, email studyabroad@case.edu or simply drop in during our virtual advising times. Virtual Drop-in Advising is available Tuesdays & Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.