Special Study Opportunities


Becomes Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for the current 2014-2015 Catalog
or for PDF version of past catalogs.


Study Abroad at the International Campuses

Webster University undergraduates may choose to spend a term or more studying abroad at one of the international campuses, normally without interrupting their progress toward an undergraduate degree at Webster. Students interested in more than one international study experience are encouraged to study for two or more terms at a combination of the international campuses.

All Webster University students enrolled at a United States campus must contact the Office of Study Abroad for study abroad admission information. No Webster student may participate in a Webster University program that involves studying at an international location without approval from the Office of Study Abroad.

Webster University students who wish to study abroad at another institution or participate in a credit-bearing program not associated with Webster are also required to obtain approval from the Office of Study Abroad. No transfer credit from another institution or program will be accepted unless prior approval has been granted by Webster University . Applications to unaffiliated programs will only be approved in rare and exceptional circumstances.

Degree-seeking undergraduates at Webster University in the United States who wish to study abroad at an international campus should make sure that they have met the following approval criteria for study abroad:

  • initiated Webster University enrollment at a campus in the United States.
  • earned at least 15 credit hours at Webster  University in the United States .
  • prepared to register for at least 6 credit hours per eight week term  (at least 12 credit hours per full semester term) at the international location, maintaining full-time status.
  • good academic standing
  •  good financial standing being current in all accounts with the Business Office.
  • compliant  with Webster University 's student conduct policy.
  • proficient in English; if an English as a Second Language student, be officially released from ESL at the time of international travel and completed at least one semester after release.

Through the Webster University International Study Program, students currently attending other colleges and universities in the United States may complete up to five terms of study (full academic year) at Webster's international campuses. On completion of their international study experience, these students transfer credits earned at Webster back to their parent institutions. Students transferring credits earned at Webster University to any college or university are responsible for ascertaining that institution's transfer policies regarding these credits.

Refer to the section titled The International Campuses for additional information on the international campuses and the academic programs that are offered at each location.

Students who wish to study at one of Webster's international campuses should contact the Office of Study Abroad, Sverdrup 207, 470 East Lockwood Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63119-3194 U.S.A. Phone: 314-968-6988 or 1-800-984-6857; Fax: 314-963-6019 ; e-mail: worldview@webster.edu.

Study Abroad Advising, Registration, and Tuition

Degree-seeking undergraduates at Webster University in the United States who wish to study abroad must meet with their study abroad advisor and with their academic advisor to register for international campus coursework through the St. Louis campus. Students from other colleges and universities who wish to participate in Webster's International Study Program should contact Webster University's Office of Study Abroad.

Degree-seeking undergraduates at Webster University in the United States who meet the approval criteria for study abroad will pay St. Louis campus tuition rates while studying at Webster's international campuses: per credit tuition during the summer term and flat-fee tuition if attending fall and/or spring term(s). This special tuition option is limited to study abroad for a maximum of five eight-week terms (full academic year).

Students who plan to study at Webster's international campuses for more than five eight-week terms must notify the director of Webster University 's Office of Study Abroad to discuss the changes that will occur in their tuition charges and scholarship and financial aid eligibility beginning with their sixth term of study.

Tuition rates may vary for visiting undergraduates or graduate students, as well as for those who wish to begin their studies directly at an international campus as degree-seeking. Tuition information is available from the students' home campus.

All students who study abroad will pay the corresponding study abroad fee, which provides them with mandatory international health insurance for the duration of their time abroad, pre-departure materials including a handbook and travel guidebook, pre-departure and on-site orientations, and an International Student Identity Card.

Independent Studies with an International Component

Webster University students who choose to design independent study as part of their degree program with an international (study abroad) component should contact the Office of Study Abroad for approval. No Webster student may participate in an independent study that involves studying at an international location without prior approval from the Office of Study Abroad.

Withdrawal from Study Abroad Program

Student needing to withdraw from an international program are encouraged to contact the Office of Study Abroad as soon as possible about program withdrawal and pertinent policies. The full policy for Study Abroad withdrawal can be found online. Click here to access policy.

Early Withdrawal

If a student is thinking about leaving a program, the Office of Study Abroad would like to help him/her weigh options and make sure that the student understands the academic and financial implications. The date of a decision to withdraw is determined by e-mail, fax, or written notification from the student to the Office of Study Abroad, or a responsible representative if the student is unable to communicate on his/her own behalf.

The study abroad deposit for Webster-administered programs is nonrefundable. With notification of withdrawal prior to the start date of the program, tuition and related fees for all Webster- administered programs will be refunded 100%, minus the deposit. Refunds after the start date of the program will be based on the policy specific to such matter. Air travel, insurance, and visa application expenses are usually not covered by program refund policies. We suggest students work with their travel agent for purchase of airline tickets and any traveler's insurance.  See withdrawal policy for more detail.

Late Withdrawal

Withdrawal more than a very few weeks after the start of the Webster University semester will likely be too late for a student to return to the United States and register for the semester, although the Office of Study Abroad will do everything possible to support communication with his or her college and faculty advisor. See withdrawal policy for more detail.

Medical Leave

Should a medical leave become necessary at any point in the semester/year, the Office of Study Abroad is ready to help in the coordination of arrangements with overseas program staff, colleagues in the United States, and with a student's family.

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Webster University offers academic credit for Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs through crosstown agreements with the  the Gateway Battalion (U.S. Army) at Washington University or through Detachment 207 (U.S. Air Force) at Saint Louis University. Approved ROTC courses are accepted as resident credit at Webster University, and a maximum of eighteen (18) semester credits may be applied to an undergraduate degree. ROTC credit may not be applied towards completion of a graduate degree. Regular tuition rates apply toward ROTC coursework.

A student needs to ascertain exactly what classes (course names and codes) and what semester/term the respective ROTC organizations want the student to register for at Webster University. Once that is understood, the student should personally contact Don Morris (University Registrar) in the Registrar’s office (Loretto Hall, Rm 63) or email him at morrisdo@webster.edu to be registered for those ROTC classes.  

For information on ROTC programs, including information on both Air Force and Army ROTC programs, interested students should review the Office of Military Affairs (OMA) home page, visit the Office of Military Affairs (Loretta Hall, Rm, 110), or email oma@webster.edu.

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Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The Academic Resource Center provides academic resources, support, advocacy, and access through relationships that empower students across the worldwide Webster University community.  The ARC helps students succeed at Webster in a number of ways including the following:

The Writing Center provides a friendly, welcoming place where writers receive one-on-one coaching in order to become independent writers and demystify the writing process.  Trained coaches help students through the process of writing a paper. Information about how to schedule appointments can be found on the ARC webpage as well as online resources and helpful writing tips.  The Online Writing Center draws on a group of faculty and other writing experts to offer writing coaching to students unable to meet face-to-face.  Papers can be submitted via the "Writing Assistance" link in a course's WorldClassRoom template or by following the instructions on the Online Writing Center's website accessible through webster.edu/arc.

The Tutoring program provides a pool of capable tutors who can work one-on-one with students to help them achieve greater confidence, independence and success as learners.  Individual peer tutoring is available by appointment for both short-term "catch-up" and for ongoing support.  Online tutoring is also accessible to Webster University students in high demand graduate level classes.

The ARC's Testing Center proctors rescheduled tests with an instructor's approval as well as accommodated tests and the MBA prerequisite waiver exams.  Appointments must be made at least one day in advance of requested testing time.

Students with documented disabilities should contact the ARC to arrange for appropriate accommodations to ensure equal access to Webster's programs and activities.  Assistive technology consultation for Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Zoomtext, JAWS, Smartpen, Braille, alternative formatted text, alternative keyboards, reading software and other hardware/software is available upon request.  Alternative formatted textbooks, within permission/copyright publisher parameters, can be ordered for students, faculty and staff whose documented disabilities include this as an accommodation.

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Services for Students with Disabilities

Webster University considers admission, financial aid, program, and activity applications without regard to nondisqualifying disability. The director of the Academic Resource Center acts as Webster's ADA Coordinator, helping students with documented physical, emotional, or learning disabilities obtain the accommodations they need to have equal access to information and equal opportunity for program success.

While Webster University does not provide diagnostic learning disability testing, faculty who suspect a student may have a learning disability may refer that student to the director of the Academic Resource Center for screening. Students who are concerned that they may have a learning disability may also make arrangements to be screened. Students with short-term disabilities (e.g., a broken leg) can also arrange temporary accommodations by contacting the director of the Academic Resource Center. Other students may gain information about their learning styles and suggestions for improving their classroom and test performance.

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The WebsterLEADS Student Leadership Development Program

The mission of the WebsterLEADS student leadership development program is to afford students the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge gained in the classroom to the practical world of leadership and work, both on- and off-campus. The program’s goals are to assist students with developing skills such as; communication, critical thinking, decision making, group process, and sensitivity to diverse perspectives.

WebsterLEADS provides a self-paced, co-curricular leadership experience with multiple components, which culminates with earning the Leadership Certificate. Students complete certificate requirements at their own pace with the guidance of leadership advisors and veteran WebsterLEADS participants.  The WebsterLEADS program consists of a diverse group of 200 students representing various schools and departments across campus.

The certificate is awarded to students who complete all five following program areas: a 3-credit leadership course, a 1-credit ethics in leadership course, 1 leadership retreat, 4 workshops, a service learning project, and a practical leadership experience.

In addition, certificate seekers must also complete an additional two experiences. These additional two experiences could be a combination of participation in a second leadership retreat, completing additional service learning projects, participating in another practical leadership experience, attending another series of four workshops, or attending off-campus leadership conferences.

 Program Components

ETHC 1000 Ethics and Leadership on Campus (1)

Taught by Ted Hoef and John Buck or Niki Parres and Jennifer Stewart

The Ethics and Leadership class is traditionally offered during the Fall II and spring II terms, and is an 8-week course offered for one credit.

This course in applied ethics is designed to explore the moral issues and dilemmas relevant to student leadership on campus. Elements of the course will stimulate critical analysis and reflections upon the norms that influence student life and the roles of student leaders.

We will examine ethical issues related to leadership through case studies about leaders in a variety of contexts and cultures. The class will increase student awareness of ethical issues and develop critical thinking skills that can improve a leader's functioning on campus, and post-graduation, as a leader in organizations and the community.

EDUC 2750 The Challenge of Leading (3)

Taught by John Buck

The leadership class is traditionally offered during the spring and fall semesters, and is a 16-week course offered for three credits.   This course will provide students with a theoretical and conceptual foundation for personal leadership development. The course is designed to be interactive and thought-provoking, while encouraging knowledge and skill development on such topics as: personal self-assessment, interpersonal communication, teamwork and collaboration, leadership in a diverse community, organizational dynamics, ethical decision-making, goal-setting, and motivation. Students will make presentations, study leadership by analyzing failure, discuss case studies, and develop an original model of leadership through profiling influential leaders in their lives.

The course may be taken as part of the Student Leadership Certificate Program or separately.

Leadership Retreats

Two leadership retreats are offered during the academic year for students. The Advanced Leaders Retreat is offered for students who are experienced in leadership on the Webster campus through student organizations, employment experiences, and/or participation in leadership workshops. The Emerging Leaders Retreat is offered for students new to leadership at Webster. No more than two retreats can be counted towards the final certificate.

Leadership Workshops

A series of workshops sponsored by Career Services, Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs (MCISA) and the Walker School of Business and Technology are offered throughout the academic year for students. Student employees, student organization leaders, certificate participants, and any other interested students are invited to attend these series. A student may not count training attendance for workshop credit if that training experience is through their Practical Leadership Experience requirement. Certificate participants must attend at least four workshops to complete this particular requirement.

Service Learning Project

The community service component of the certificate requires students to complete 40 hours of on-going off-campus service. Authorization is needed from the WebsterLEADS office prior to a student beginning a service project. Students write a reflection paper upon completion of their service project. With successful completion of the experience, forms, and reflection paper, students receive credit towards the certificate.

Alternatively, students may also take EDUC 3300:  Topics in Service Learning, a 3-credit, 8-week course to fulfill the Service Learning component.  This course focuses on servant leadership theory and includes a group service project embedded within the course.  The course may be taken as part of the Student Leadership Certificate Program or separately.

Practical Leadership Experience

Students are required to complete a semester-long practical experience in a position of leadership, preferably but not necessarily, on the Webster campus. Examples include Resident Assistant, Orientation Leader, Student Organization Officer, Student Government Association senator, Career Specialist, and Student Building Manager. Students are asked to attend a leadership retreat or enroll in the leadership class before completing the practical experience component. After a semester of this practical experience, students must complete a reflection paper about their experience to receive credit towards the leadership certificate.

Special Note:

Achieving the Leadership Certificate requires completion of a process we call the "5+2 System", in which scholars complete five core areas above and repeat any two of them.

For more information, contact the WebsterLEADS desk in West Hall at 314-246-LEAD (5323).

Combined Degrees Program

In cooperation with the graduate school, the undergraduate schools/colleges offer the combined, accelerated bachelor of arts/master of arts (BA/MA), bachelor of science/master of arts (BS/MA), and the bachelor of science in nursing/master of science in nursing (BSN/MSN) programs to those undergraduates with outstanding academic records. The combined degrees program is offered primarily at the Saint Louis and Leiden campuses. Students pursuing the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) in St. Louis and Kansas city may apply admission to the BSN/MSN combined degrees program. Students who have accumulated between 64 and 98 credit hours and have maintained a 3.3 GPA in previous college work are eligible to apply for the program.

For more information, see the Combined Degrees section of this catalog.

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Speech and Debate Program

Webster University offers all students the opportunity to enhance their speaking, thinking, and reasoning abilities through participation in debate. Any student can be part of the forensic program, regardless of previous experience.  Students may enroll in SPCM 2000—Practicum in Forensics to receive academic credit for participation.  Students may also receive additional debate training through enrollment in POLT 1550—Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate.  First year students can enroll in either or both of these courses. Participation in the program can also qualify students for membership in the national forensic honor society, Pi Kappa Delta.  The program participates in a full range of speaking, performance, and debate events.  Interested individuals can contact Director of Forensics, Scott Jensen, at jensensc@webster.edu.

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