International Programs

Explore Your Options

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Winona State University offers a variety of choices for study away, from short-term to a semester or longer. We encourage you to research all your options to find the program that best suits your educational, professional, and personal goals. Some important questions to consider as you weigh your program options:

  • Are you interested in a shorter period (e.g., a Travel Study), or a semester or even academic year of international or domestic study away?
  • Which program is the best fit for your specific major/minor, or do you want to study something entirely different?
  • What countries or regions of the world most interest you?
    What are your academic and personal reasons for choosing to study away?
  • Do you want to improve your skills in speaking another language?
  • What is your budget for study away program costs? (Remember your financial aid can be applied to the study away program.)

Study Abroad

Faculty-Led Travel Study

Programs are full semesters and occur during the fall, spring, or summer semester.
Programs are 2-8 weeks, depending on the program. Shorter programs occur during semester breaks.
A variety of options for earning credit is possible. Credits transfer back to WSU.
Specific WSU faculty-led courses are taught at the travel destination.
Independent experience: students live in the host environment for an immersive cultural experience.
Group travel: students travel with WSU faculty and students. Trip is planned and organized in advance.
Cost varies by program.
Cost varies by program.
Interested in Study Abroad? Visit Select a Program

Interested in Travel Study? Visit the Travel Study Page

Tuition Waivers

If you receive a tuition waiver, your options for study abroad are limited to semester exchange partner options only. Exchange options include:

  • Akita International University
  • Chung-Ang University
  • Chungnam National University
  • Kansai Gaidai
  • Kristianstad University
  • Pomeranian University
  • Soonchunhyang University
  • Tamkang University
  • Toyo University
  • University of Deusto
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Salford

The tuition waiver cannot be applied to direct enroll, provider programs or faculty-led/travel study programs due to those institutions' higher tuition rate and the financial burden it would place on Winona State University to absorb this additional amount.

Please note that you can still participate in faculty-led, direct enroll or provider programs. It's simply that a tuition waiver may not be used to offset the cost of the program.

Peer Advisor

Not sure how to get started? Make an appointment with a peer advisor by emailing!

Molly Mitchell
Molly Mitchell
Hi, my name is Molly Mitchell and I am a junior here at Winona State. My majors are Spanish and Communication Studies, and I spent this past spring studying abroad in Costa Rica. I got the chance to improve my Spanish fluency, explore mountains, oceans, and waterfalls, and learn all about Costa Rican culture. Studying abroad was probably the best decision I have ever made, and I am so grateful for my experience. I am excited to help other students who want to study abroad achieve that goal and have fantastic experiences of their own!
Angela Reutter Angela Reutter
My name is Angela Reutter and I am currently a junior at Winona State University studying Business Administration and Human Resources. Currently I have two jobs working at Fastenal and ZaZa’s Pub & Pizzeria. I decided to volunteer in the study abroad office in addition because I just recently returned from Athens, Greece. After being there for a whole semester, I realized how much my experience changed my life and now I want to help and encourage people to do what I did. If you are looking to study away… ask me how!