Faculty-Led trips are group study programs led by Western Carolina University faculty. Programs can be either international or domestic in nature. They usually last 1-4 weeks and are often for-credit!
After completing a Faculty-Led Travel Course, many students pursue a study abroad exchange. Faculty-Led Travel Courses are different from Study Abroad.
Costs and course requirements vary between programs, but all students must be in good academic standing in order to be accepted. Program details and requirements will be clearly outlined in each trip within the the WCU ViaTRM portal.
Not sure if you qualify? Email the listed trip leaders for more information. This information will be listed in Find a Trip and WCU ViaTRM program listings.
We have received your application and will notify the program leaders that you applied.
If the program requires an interview or other processes to be approved for participation, leaders will reach out to you during this stage of the application.
Congratulations! The program leaders have approved you for participation in this course.
You can now pay the deposit and complete required legal forms. All of this is completed through ViaTRM (abroad.wcu.edu). Login and click on the appropriate course in My Programs.
You have paid the deposit! ViaTRM will now ask you to commit to this trip.
By committing to this trip you affirm that you will attend this trip and complete all requirements as indicated by program leaders and WCU Global. You understand that WCU Global will register you for this course when registration is available.
You have committed to this trip!
Stay tuned for updates about the program. Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to program leaders for assistance.
1. The program was full and couldn't accept any more students.
2. You did not meet one of more of the program admission requirements.
3. You application was not approved for another reason. Reach out to the program leader with questions.
The program has currently approved the maximum number of applicants.
If approved participants drop the program, waitlisted applicants are usually considered in the order thier applications were submitted. Questions? Don't hesitate to reach out to program leaders for assistance.
What is it?
This deposit is required to reserve your place in a program and is non-refundable following the deadline. Your program's deposit deadline will be clearly listed in ViaTRM (abroad.wcu.edu) and should also be communicated by the program leaders. You cannot be registered for a course without this payment. This is not an additional fee. The $500 deposit will be credited to your student account when WCU trip charges are posted.
How do I pay it?
Once your application is Conditionally Approved, forms will be made available on ViaTRM under your course in My Programs. You may receive a message from email@example.com about this. One of these forms has instructions about paying the program deposit.
Final charges are generally added to your student account by WCU during normal semester
billing dates. See below for an approximate billing schedule.
Billed Late November (prior year)
In order to participate, your student account must be $0 at 12:00am on the first day of your program.
Payment will be made via MyWCU, like you would for any other WCU charge. Reach out to Student Accounts (Killian Annex) for guidance if you need assistance with this.
Eligible financial aid awards must be memo-ed or applied to your student account in order for WCU Global to consider it as valid payment. Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about this. Include your 920# and information release code with the request.
You must be registered in the program/course in order for charges to appear on your account. See [How do I Register for My Program?] for more information.
In order to be registered in a program/course, you must have applied, been accepted, paid the depost, and committed to attend in ViaTRM. Following the deposit deadline, WCU Global will meet with program leaders. After program leaders confirm that a course will run, WCU Global works with the Registrar’s Office to register you in Banner. You are not able to register for this course/program by yourself.
Before withdrawing from a faculty-led program, make sure you are aware of all potential associated financial penalties. Read [What is the Refund Policy?] for more related information.
You are personally responsible for withdrawing from the program in ViaTRM. Our office and your program leader will not do this on your behalf.
Step 1: Consider your timeline
Step 2: Talk to the program leaders
Step 3: Withdraw your application
If you are Accepted or Committed status - Your request will require secondary approval in ViaTRM from WCU Global.
Questions about this process? Contact our office at email@example.com.
Refunds following the program deposit deadline are not guaranteed.
Participants who paid the WCU Deposit and withdraw prior to the deposit deadline, will receive their WCU deposit back in full minus any indicated processing fees.
Participants who withdraw from the course following the program's deposit deadline are not guaranteed a refund (in part or in full).
Programs cancelled by program leaders due to underenrollment, following the program's deposit deadline, will generally result in a full refund of the deposit.
The university cannot and will not refund money paid directly by program participants to a third-party organization. Program fees billed by WCU Student Accounts, and payments made directly to your WCU student account, are the only fees which may be eligible for a partial refund.
The potential for a participant’s refund is directly affected by program related expenses already paid on the student’s behalf and the related refund policies of associated services. Non-recouperable funds already spent on the student’s behalf and WCU administrative fees are non-refundable.