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International Immersion

CTLL learning programs are multidisciplinary and experiential, bringing together students and faculty from diverse disciplines to apply the knowledge and skills learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

We believe in learning by doing.

The CTLL provides exciting hands-on learning opportunities that take students well beyond our traditional classrooms. The reach of our programs also extends beyond campus, both regionally and internationally. Our learning programs are well-planned, supervised, and assessed to ensure quality in academic inquiry, civic engagement, career development, cultural awareness and leadership.

Cedric Habiyaremye“The international opportunities with WSU showed me possibilities for the future…my dream is to advance local community development needs to improve food security in my home country—this was brought to life through my experiences and support from the CTLL International Immersion Program.”

– Cedric Habiyaremye, WSU Graduate Student

International Immersion Experiences

CTLL International Immersion creates opportunities for students to learn the language of global business, engage with complex interconnected global issues, gain opportunities to study and travel abroad, and become an empowered global citizen.  We work with local partners to create a fully collaborative undertaking so that both students and local partners gain from the experience. Examples include:

  • Rwanda – Economics and Agri-business
  • Brazil – Economics, Industry, and Collegiate Connections
  • Ecuador – Agro-Ecology
  • Ireland – Natural Resources Science

Interested in international experience? Contact Caitlin Bletscher via email. Find out more about our past trips and check out our Storify.

Jenica in Rwanda
Jenica at the CAHNRS Farm To Cup event in Rwanda, 2015

2017 Opportunities

Application deadline: January 20, 2017


Experience subtropical agriculture in the Colombian climate, economic & social structure, learn about biological crop protection for sustainable pest management, and gain communication and presentation skills for global industrial and academic settings.

Costa Rica:

Study International Politics in Costa Rica! Costa Rica is an ideal place for learning about international politics—the country is an active member of the international community, and its record on the environment, human rights, and neutrality give it a weight in global affairs far beyond its size. Thus, Costa Rica offers an exceptional backdrop for learning more about international politics, trade, war and conflict, and cooperation. The faculty-led program provides an introduction to international politics with a taste of global culture. Expert guest speakers will supplement faculty lectures and classroom discussions to further bring to life course material and their relevance to local issues. Site excursions to UN’s University for Peace and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, walking tours of the city and local market, and a weekend cultural excursion to Arenal volcano and beautiful Monteverde “cloud forest” provide a glimpse of this biodiversity hotspot, rich in fauna and flora. While living with a host family, students will be immersed in the Costa Rican culture firsthand.


Gain industry desired experience and skills through visiting top vendors and manufacturers for the U.S. fashion brands and companies, learn cross-cultural differences between China and the U.S. and understand business norms and practices in China, and sightsee world famous cultural and historic sites.


Hear from former combatants from each side of the Irish “troubles,” now both highly respected  peacemakers, explore the city of Dublin, beautiful and culturally rich, and also see the acclaimed coastal vista of County Kerry, and learn from local experts on the culture and history of the area and the management of its rich environmental resources. Find more information about International Development Club opportunities here.