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WCTC's Global Education Center recognizes today’s global workforce needs and prepares you to enter an increasingly interconnected world.

The Center offers education abroad programs, enrolls international students, hosts globally themed events and contributes to the professional development of WCTC employees to make our students as competent and competitive as possible.

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WCTC Global Education Center

WCTC Education Abroad Programs

The Global Education Center offers short-term study abroad programs. These are typically one to two weeks long (usually over summer, winter or spring break) and are led by a WCTC instructor with a passion for international learning and experiences. These programs usually involve pre-departure orientation and coursework, in-country reflection and a post-program paper, project or presentation. To apply, please complete our online education abroad application.

The Global Education Center also offers additional summer and semester education abroad programs through the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP). Please contact the Global Education Center for more information.

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Business & Economic Studies: Vienna, Austria

15 days, March

Attend classes with students from around the world while being taught by a WCTC instructor in Vienna. After classes each day, visit a variety of high-level businesses and banks to get a practical view of how business concepts function in Europe. Spend your free time exploring some of Europe’s historic landmarks, such as the Mauthausen concentration camp from World War II.

Hessen Exchange: Frankfurt, Germany

14 days, May

Visit WCTC’s partner school in Frankfurt to learn about vocational education in Germany, tour businesses related to your field of study, travel to other historic German cities and visit cultural landmarks. Host families provide lodging and an immersive cultural experience.

Tri-Country Seminar: Germany, Northern Ireland, United States

10 days, April

This seminar rotates each year through the countries listed above. Information Technology and Business students work collaboratively on a tri-national team to complete research and report on a given topic. During free time, explore the local cultural and historic landmarks.


Hospitality & Culinary: Various Locations

Spring semester every other year, dates vary

Experience classroom concepts put into action. Depending on the year, you’ll learn about the hospitality operations of a cruise ship or tour a country known for its culinary prowess. Past programs have included a western Caribbean cruise aboard the Norwegian Dawn and a tour of Bologna and Tuscany in Italy.

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Transcultural Healthcare: Antigua & Panajachel, Guatemala

10 days, January

Learn about the Guatemalan healthcare landscape and the disparities between the wealthy and the impoverished. The group spends a few days touring the colonial city of Antigua and transitions to the Lake Atitlan region to complete volunteer projects that directly improve the health of indigenous Guatemalans. The experience leads WCTC School of Health students to become more well-rounded healthcare professionals.

International Service Learning: Tecpán, Guatemala

7 days, May

This multidisciplinary program focuses on the history and culture of Guatemala and is designed for students interested in volunteering their time and talents. While abroad, you’ll spend your mornings on the volunteer assignment and afternoons on cultural activities and events.

Interior Design & Architecture: Various Locations

Spring semester every other year, dates vary

During this tour-based program, gain exposure to the real-world implementation of historic design, art and architecture principles in an international context. Every few days, you’ll travel to a new location, which affords you an amazing opportunity to see a variety of cities both old and new. Past programs have included England and Scotland; Spain, France, Monaco and Italy; Prague, Vienna and Budapest; and Spain and Portugal.

Global-Related Academic Programs

Global Marketing
9-credit Technical Certificate

Global Trade Finance
15-credit Technical Certificate