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Career Exploration Abroad

More often than ever before, WSU students ask: “Can I work in Europe when I graduate,” “What kinds of careers exist there,” and “Where do I even begin to find answers?” WSU’s newest study-abroad program, “Career Exploration Abroad,” is the first of its kind offered by any American university to offer an experience that answers those questions — and more.

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Program Benefits

As part of WSU’s first Career Exploration Abroad cohort, you will fly to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, in May 2018 to spend three weeks earning six college credits learning about careers in Europe.

Thanks to WSU’s exclusive partnership with a successful study-abroad organization—IFSA-Butler—you will live, study, and travel with other WSU students as well as professional career advisers from Pullman on this Career Exploration Abroad adventure.

You will take three courses, become familiar with Central European culture, and pursue professional development opportunities. You will also:

  • Meet executives representing for- and non-profit businesses and organizations
  • Network with Czech students, and
  • Explore The Republic’s second-largest city Brno as well as Berlin, Germany.

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Program Specifics

Program Dates:  May 9 – June 2, 2018

Eligibility: All majors are welcome; there are no language requirements.


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Portrait photo of CEA staff member Alicia PetersenAlicia F. Petersen
Academic and Career Advisor
Academic Success and Career Center
WSU Undergraduate Education

M.Ed. in College Student Services Administration, minor in Counseling, Oregon State University
B.S. in Kinesiology/Health Promotion, Boise State University

“I have more than a decade of diverse experience in higher education. I have advised, taught, developed curriculum, managed and trained peer tutors, presented seminars, and led tutoring, leadership development, and student conduct initiatives, for example. I have won national, regional, and university awards from professional advising associations.

“I develop and teach UNIV 100 (a majors and careers exploration course for freshmen), and manage curriculum for UNIV 250 (success in college and beyond). I lead about 10 workshops each semester on learning styles, academic success strategies, and time management.

“Because I interact with several hundred students each year, I see opportunities to expand their education. I recognized that many students are interested in working abroad, and had the idea to create the Career Exploration Abroad Program. Thanks to experienced and interested teammates and colleagues, as well as invaluable input from students, CEA has become a reality. I’m very excited to be faculty in the inaugural program in the Czech Republic.”

Portrait photo of CEA staff member Judy HopkinsJudy I. Hopkins
Internship Development Coordinator and Lead Instructor for UNIV 301 and 398
Academic Success and Career Center
WSU Undergraduate Education

B.A. in Human Development, WSU
M.A. student in Counseling Psychology Human Services, WSU

“I wear many hats in my job at WSU, from advising students one-to-one who seek jobs and internships, to teaching two UNIV career-related undergraduate courses, to working with employers and campus partners to connect students with internship opportunities.

“Personally, I live in Pullman with my husband of 39 years; our four adult children live all around the world. From 2004-2008, my husband and I lived in Malawi, Africa, where we worked with local community leaders on behalf of a faith-based organization and lead seminars, workshops, and retreats. Wherever I call home, I love to work out, bike, and eat great food around a table filled with good friends and conversation.

“I am deeply honored to be part of the new CEA program, and to travel to Prague with its first cohort of WSU students exploring career opportunities abroad.”

The Institute for Study Abroad (IFSA)-Butler. IFSA-Butler’s Prague center is based at the Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI) Institute, with support from the private Prague College.

Attend any or all five information sessions led by Career Exploration Abroad staff on topics relevant to the program, such as your expectations and goals, how to fund your study abroad (including financial aid), required documents (such as a U.S. Passport), and a program overview.

All Career Exploration Abroad participants must apply by the Feb. 1, 2018 deadline through Global Learning, part of the WSU Office of International Programs.

Spring-semester group meetings for applicants to discuss schedules, flight plans, set goals, make friends, plan details, and explore financial aid and expense options. See our calendar below for times, dates, and places.

  • WSU UNIV 301 “College Major and Career Planning”: Hopkins, prereq soph standing, 1 cr
  • WSU UNIV 304 “Navigating Academic and Career Transitions”: Petersen, prereq soph standing, 2 cr
  • “Reimagining Europe”: IFSA-Butler faculty, 3 cr [upper-division (SSCI) UCORE]
  • Covered by the Program: Costs will include courses, insurance, student housing, some meals, and trips to Brno and Berlin, for example
  • Students are responsible for: International airfare, meals not included in program, printing/copying course charges, cell phone/SIM cards, and transcripts for WSU courses, for example

The fall/winter 2017 application for the Career Exploration Abroad scholarship is now closed. The deadline was Wednesday, January 3, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. You can contact if you have any further questions.

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Calendar of Career Exploration Abroad Events

Fall Information Sessions (everyone welcome); Spring events

Sept. 12, 2017 (Tues.), Noon-1:00 p.m., Smith Center for Undergraduate Education (CUE) 518

Oct. 12, 2017 (Thurs.), 12:10-1:00 p.m., Todd 301

Oct. 25, 2017 (Wed.), 12:10-1:00 p.m., CUE 316

Nov. 6, 2017 (Mon.), 1:00-3:00 p.m., Lighty 180 (Application party)

Nov. 29, 2017 (Wed.), 12:10-1:00 p.m., CUE 316

Dec. 6, 2017 (Wed.), 3:00-5:00 p.m., Lighty 180 (Application party)

Jan. 17, 2018 (Wed.), 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Lighty 180 (Application party)

Feb. 1, 2018 (Thurs.), online, final day to submit scholarship applications

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