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Goal 3: Prepare Whitworth students to be global citizens

Our students live in an increasingly interdependent world. They must be able to cross international boundaries and navigate politics, cultures, economics, religions and languages with skill and understanding if they are to serve and lead in an ever-evolving global community. Whitworth will equip its students with the knowledge, skills and insight they need to thrive as global citizens.


  • Expand opportunities for students to experience and explore cultures throughout the world, leading to an increase in the percentage of undergraduates who study abroad from 43 percent to 70 percent.

  • Increase opportunities on the Whitworth campus for students, faculty and staff to gain international perspectives by interacting with and learning from people from all corners of the world.

  • Establish ongoing assessment of study-abroad programs to ensure consistent quality and clear connections to Whitworth's educational goals.

The Whitworth in China Program is a semester-long Chinese-language and cultural-immersion program that includes an academic course option of 14-17 credit hours. The program is conducted at Minzu University, in Beijing, one of China's elite universities. It lasts three months and closely matches Whitworth's academic calendar. Features include pre- and post-course language evaluation; intensive Chinese-language instruction (equal to one year of on-campus Chinese); 280 in-class contact hours with a Chinese instructor with degrees and certification in teaching Chinese as a second language; a seven- to eight-day study tour, led by Whitworth faculty, that includes travel, lodging, and most meals. Students reside in double university dorm rooms at Minzu when they are not touring. Click here to view a brief video of WIC's 2014 program.