Study Abroad

Study Abroad is a one term academic and intercultural opportunity open to Wartburg students, regardless of their major.  Most students apply in their 2nd or 3rd year to then travel the following academic year, either fall or winter term, although summer opportunities are also available.

The application process is competitive, with a required 2.5 GPA or above.  Interested students can start by contacting  Kathleen Sihler, Study Away Coordinator, at kathleen.sihler@wartburg.edu to discuss their study abroad academic goals, intercultural curiosities,  and programs of interest.  The goal of Study Away is to support as many qualified applicants as possible.

Application and Faculty Reference Deadline: Due Feb. 1

1. Complete the Wartburg application form (includes 250-500 word essay)

2. Have a faculty member complete the Faculty Reference Form.

3. Ensure that both the Wartburg application and faculty reference are submitted by the Feb. 1 deadline.

4. Students with complete submissions will be contacted for an interview in early February and notifications will be sent by early March at the latest.

5. Selected students will then complete an application and enrollment process with their selected Study Abroad program provider and attend several mandatory pre-departure orientation sessions provided by the Wartburg Study Away office.

Study Abroad Alumni

Study Abroad Alumni is an organization for students who have returned from studying abroad. Study Abroad students have stories to tell about our time abroad.

Returned students may have frustrations, reverse culture shock, and "home" sickness that people who haven't traveled can't understand. This is a group where students can gather to find resolution to issues and have some fun as well! Activities vary, depending on what the members decide they want to do.

In the past the group has had Friday Afternoon Cafe's, Sunday night suppers with Study Abroad picking up the tab, a Christmas party, and other activities. In addition, they help with information sessions and orientation for students who are interested in a study abroad experience. If you are interested in studying abroad and would like to connect with a Study Abroad Alum, email studyabroad@wartburg.edu.

From Our Alumni

"I truly have come to believe that studying abroad is one of the best experiences you could have in college. The Service Learning of the Diers Program is  impactful both personally and professionally. Through the program I'm able to take all of the skills and components we learn about in class and apply them directly to people I work with. It's like taking all you've learned in education thus far and then getting out in the world and doing it! I work with families,  children, and adults of all different cultures and backgrounds  and help provide services that they  are very much  in need of.  I interact with people from all over the world (immigrants, refugees) on almost a daily  basis and am able to help make the little differences in their lives that really matter."

Adelaide, Australia
Kayla Lonneman '17 Social Work