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  • Office of Global Engagement

  • Kandy Turner

    • Director of International Student Services
    • University Center,
    • Upper Level
    • 610-499-4498
    • Contact for Semester Study Abroad and National Student Exchange programs

Domestic Study Away Programs

Cultural Immersion

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Widener on the Rez

Widener students provided community service with the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota. See photos.

Cultural Immersion

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Gullah Geechee Nation

Widener students provided service for the Gullah Geechee Nation. See photos.

You don't have to travel abroad to immerse yourself in a different culture. If international study is not possible for you at this time in your academic program, consider one of our domestic study away options.

Student Exchange Programs

National Student Exchange

Widener is a member of the National Student Exchange. The National Student Exchange is a consortium of nearly 170 accredited, baccalaureate-granting colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. NSE allows students to take their Widener financial aid and study away for one or two semesters and earn credits toward their major(s) and/or minor(s). Around 2,000 students study away through NSE each year.

To learn more about the National Student Exchange, contact Kandy Turner at

New American Colleges and Universities Student Exchange Program

A partnership with a consortium of universities through the New American Colleges and Universities Student Exchange Program allows Widener students to pursue semester-long theme-based study options at universities across the United States.

Widener students have:

  • Explored the entertainment and music business at Belmont University in Nashville.
  • Traced the history of the civil rights movement at Samford University in Birmingham.
  • Delved into meteorology or geography at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

To learn more about this program, contact the Office of Global Engagement.

Cultural Immersion Programs

Many other short-term cultural immersion programs also take place during spring break and the winter holidays. These faculty and/or staff-led programs incorporate service learning and cultural diversity and are offered through a variety of offices.
Enhanced cultural immersion programs include: 

  • Gullah Geechee Nation in South Carolina
  • A Tapestry of Cultures in Miami, Florida
  • Mountaintop Mining in Appalachia
  • Oglala Dakota Nation in South Dakota
  • Civil Rights and Tolerance in Selma, Alabama
  • Amish Culture in Pennsylvania

Student Testimonials 

Gullah Geechee Nation in South Carolina
“Queen Quet taught me so many things that I never thought could apply to my life. I was introduced to something so new that was nothing like I had ever experienced before.”
- Beatrice Frempong, Psychology
Civil Rights and Tolerance in Selma, Alabama
“The civil rights movement is a key part in American history. To learn about it is to learn about one of the most pivotal and important parts of American history that will help me understand why this country is the way it is today. This trip showed me the whole timeline of this movement. It was truly an inspiring and eye-opening experience.”
-Iman Elkhashab, Biology

Interested in cultural immersion?

To learn more about cultural immersion opportunities at Widener, contact the Office of Student Affairs,