Study Abroad


Tennessee Wesleyan College students can earn academic credit while spending time in another country. You may choose short-term options--such as a week-long trip over spring break--or longer ones: a summer, a semester, or even a year.  When you live in another country, you will become immersed in that culture, and you will learn a great deal not only in your classes but also from the experiences you will have. You will, no doubt, be challenged and tested, but you  will forge lifelong friendships and make memories to hold for the rest of your life. As you reflect on your experiences, you will also learn more about yourself. 

Faculty-led study abroad programs and tours are offered by various departments, including the Departments of Religion and Philosophy, English and Modern Languages, Fine Arts, and Business Administration.  Recent destinations have included Italy, India, France, England, Spain, Greece, and Colombia.

Since each study abroad program is coordinated through Tennessee Wesleyan College, your credits will count toward graduation.  Students may use some of the financial aid for which they are eligible to help pay the costs of the programs. For more information, contact Dr. Elizabeth Ruleman at esruleman@twcnet.edu.

For students who wish to continue their Spanish studies in a Spanish-speaking country, Tennessee Wesleyan College is an affiliate of The Center for Cross-Cultural Studies, which has sites for students to study in Córdoba, Argentina; Puerto Rico; Cuba; and Seville, Barcelona, and Alicante, Spain. Semester programs and summer programs are available.  Satisfactory work in courses taken in any of the programs offered by CC-CS will be accepted for transfer as part of the requirements for completing a degree at Tennessee Wesleyan College. This program facilitates cultural integration, service-learning opportunities, and internships; for more advanced students, courses may be taken at Argentine or Spanish universities with whom the CC-CS partners. Interested students should explore the program options and talk with Dr. Elizabeth Ruleman, Professor of English, or Dr. Lorena Gómez, Assistant Professor of Spanish Linguistics about this opportunity. More information can be found online at www.SpanishStudies.org .

“To be able to immerse myself in such a different culture was an experience that I will never forget. It was rewarding in ways that I never could have imagined. Colombia is a busy city with 8 million people, which is quite different than Athens, Tenn. To be able to experience that different pace was enthralling." - Emily Miller, a TWC psychology major who studied abroad in Bogotá, Colombia 

Mission Trips

Alternative fall and spring break trips are also available to students who wish to travel and participate in mission work.

For more information on TWC mission trips and programs, contact Reverend Dr. Chris Dover by phone at 423-252-1110 or by email at cdover@twcnet.edu.

Upcoming Study Abroad Trips

Please check back for information about upcoming study abroad trips!


Past Study Abroad & Mission Trips

Summer 2015 Europe with Dr. Martha Maddox:

Students had the opportunity to visit multiple European countries this summer through a study abroad program with Dr. Martha Maddox, Professor in TWC’s business department. On this 15 day trip, students visited eight cities in four countries. Tour destinations include London, Paris, Italy and Greece. During the trip, students had the opportunity to participate in a London sightseeing tour, a Paris city walk, a Seine River sightseeing cruise, a visit to the Louvre, a Florence walking tour, a Rome city walk, a guided tour of Pompeii, an Athens sightseeing tour, and much more. This trip was held June 30, 2015-July 14, 2015. 


Spring Break 2015 Spain with Dr. Lorena Gomez:

Over Spring Break, students had the opportunity to spend 9 days in Seville, Spain, on a study abroad trip with Dr. Gomez. Students earned three credits while learning about Spanish culture and language. Students stayed with host families, providing students the opportunity to improve their Spanish language skills and gain a deeper appreciation for Spanish culture. Prior to the trip, students practiced their Spanish-speaking skills utilizing Mango Languages lessons available through the Merner Pfeiffer Library on campus.


March 2015 - Spain

March 2014 - Costa Rica

March 2014 - Colombia

March 2013 - Costa Rica

March 2013 - Honduras

March 2012 - Guatemala

Past U.S. Mission Trips & Alt. Breaks

October 2012 - Heifer Ranch in Little Rock, Ark.

December 2012 - Urbana in St. Louis, Mo.