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Woods Around The World

Students with Woods Around the World post for a photo in Sydney, Australia

See the world. Serve others. Experience life’s wonder.

At William Woods University, education is a journey of discovery. And that journey extends far beyond the walls of the classroom. Sometimes oceans away.

Whether you are studying psychology and the inner workings of the mind, the strategy and theory it takes to become a successful business person, equestrian studies, fine arts, education or any other area of life and of study, we believe the very best journeys are fed by curiosity in the world around us.

Woods Around the World (WATW) is a unique approach to education that takes students beyond the classroom and the textbook and opens their eyes to new cultures, new experiences, and to the wonder of the world around them.

Students spend a portion of their semester studying a specific nation and its people — from their history to their way of life — and then they travel to see that country firsthand. When they return from their trip, students complete a supervised project that reflects on their experiences.

WATW trips in the past have included:

  • Peru
  • Italy
  • France
  • Scotland
  • England
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Turkey
  • South Africa
  • Cuba
  • Spain
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Ecuador
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • And more

WATW is a unique approach to education, designed to broaden students minds, help them to better understand globalization, and equip them to approach all future endeavors, both personally and professionally, with a more holistic view of the world.

I feel that my proudest moments are when I see our graduates working in the industry. I think that my role has played out well, that of being a springboard for our students to be able to be successful.

— Travis Tamerius, Director of the Center for Ethics and Global Studies and the university chaplain.

For more information about the WATW class and trip, please contact Travis Tamerius at or 573-592-4241.

Financing your trip through service

For many of the students, especially those with financial restrictions, the trips are made possible by Project 123, William Woods’ service-based scholarship program. Students who are selected and complete 123 hours of community service are given a stipend to participate in Woods Around the World. Project 123 was created with the generous help of the Lambert Foundation. The goal of Project 123 is to make the opportunity of traveling overseas available to anybody.