Study Abroad

Students mingle at an outdoor study abroad fair

Undergraduate International Study

Are you interested in exploring other cultures or spending part of your college experience overseas? Looking for a program specifically for Weatherhead School of Management students? 

Through Case Western Reserve University's study abroad program, you can experience a host of countries on every continent (minus Antarctica). Plus, you can use financial aid and scholarships to cover study abroad expenses in most cases.

Consider taking part in the International Management Institute (course code MGMT 315), a short-term study abroad program that focuses on international business over spring break. 

Or, "Regional and Urban Economics – The Case of Israel" (course code ECON 350) may be the best fit for you. This May-term abroad trip to Israel is designed to help you develop a deep understanding of core issues in regional and economics. 

I studied abroad at the Universidad de Carlos de Tercero (UC3M) in Madrid. During my time there, I was able to take economic electives (taught in Spanish!) that counted toward my degree! It was an incredible experience to learn economics in another language, but also compare how European universities teach economics and problem-solving. I was fortunate to take a course on the economic integration of the European Union which was extremely fascinating and a great way for me to understand more about the region of the world I was in."

Jason Guo (CWR '21)


Because we believe it takes at least a year to adjust to campus life, first-year students are not eligible for semester- (or year-) long study abroad programs. Sophomores and juniors in good academic standing can participate in semester-long study abroad with the completion of the following requirements: 

  • A minimum of 60 semester hours earned in residence—with at least 30 credits completed after achieving senior status
  • An average GPA of 2.0 or higher

Short-term faculty-led programs such as MGMT 315 and ECON 350 may have unique participation requirements, so interested students should see individual program requirements for more information.

Note: Seniors who choose to study abroad for a semester or longer should consult their advisors to determine whether they can meet the senior residency requirement. 

Why Study Abroad through Weatherhead

By studying abroad, you can experience new places and cultures and create long-lasting connections—all while building your resume. You’ll gain in-demand experience and highly valued skills such as problem-solving, adaptability and global competence.

What is global competence?

According to the National Education Association, definitions of global competence include: 

  • the acquisition of in-depth knowledge and understanding of international issues
  • an appreciation of and ability to learn and work with people from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • proficiency in a foreign language
  • skills to function productively in an independent world community

Why is global competency so appealing to companies? 

With an increasing number of people working outside their company headquarters, global competence is a rare skill in college graduates in demand by hiring managers. By immersing yourself in a foreign culture, you can set yourself apart from your peers, especially in the eyes of business employers overseas. 

How do I know which country (or countries) is right for me?

Choosing the right destination depends on a variety of factors, but mainly it depends on what works best for you. European countries such as London, Germany or Spain can be a great option if you're looking to study in a location with greater accessibility. Or, if you want unique international experiences as you boost future opportunities in global business and management, consider Weatherhead School partnership locations in China and Australia. 

Studying abroad provided me the opportunity to apply my learning of economics and political science to an international context. The program I chose was located in Freiburg, Germany, and studied the functioning of the European Union as a supranational organization. My cohort traveled to Brussels, Belgium; Paris, France; and Stockholm, Sweden where we had the unique opportunity to meet with NGO and governmental leaders to hear the success and challenges of the respective member states. These experiences contextualized my learnings at CWRU and provided a deeper understanding of how other countries approach political and economic issues."

Ingrid Gillies (CWR '23)

Take Your Education Abroad

Ready to take your education to far-off destinations? Connect with the Center for International Affairs for more information.