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*WKU Faculty Led: Toppers at Sea
Akureyri, Iceland; Belfast, Ireland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Isafjordur, Iceland; Lerwick, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom; Multiple, Multiple; Reykjavik, Iceland; Southampton, United Kingdom; Stockholm, Sweden (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Length:
Short Term
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Housing Options:
Cabin on a ship
Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite:
Language Courses Offered:
Number of Credits:
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Class Eligibility:
1. Freshman, 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior, 5. Graduate, 6. Doctoral Student
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
WKU Faculty Led
WKU Insurance
Faculty Leader:
Carey, Cathy, Cook, Alicia, North, Leslie, Phelps, Nathan, Polk, Jason, Strenecky, Bernard, West, Andrew
Program Description:
The Climate Change Challenge: Explore the impacts of climate change through the lens of many perspectives on board the MV Explorer. This interdisciplinary program includes courses from several disciplines. Together the group will learn how climate change impacts the world from various perspectives.  Each student will be enrolled in one 3-credit course along with a 1-credit hour service learning course.Topper at Sea Logo

  • Economics 430
  • Education 401/ 401G
  • Geography 475/TBD
  • Geoscience 510
  • Honors 380
All students will also be enrolled Institute for Citizenship and Social Responsiblity (ICSR) 301 for 1 credit hour.


It's not a boat... cruise ... or vacation. It's a ship... voyage... and adventure.

           Voyage Map- 2013

The schedule is subject to change due to educational opportunities that may arise unexpectedly, the vagaries of weather, and other factors beyond the control of the course instructors and staff. Check here for the most recent itinerary (Segment II).

  • Undergraduate students: good standing.
  • Graduate student: good standing.
  • Permission of instructor.
  • Current WKU student eligible to register for WKU courses.   Students from outside WKU may participate as visiting students.
  • 18 years of age or older by May 29, 2014.
  • Permission of parent or guardian for those under 18 years.
  • Possess passport with an expiration date after December 15, 2014 (all participants regardless of age).
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by Judicial Affairs.
  • Meet payment schedule and full payment prior to departure.
  • Completion of all pre-departure orientations.
  • Maintain adherence to Toppers at Sea Student Code of Conduct

Funding Options
WKU Worldtopper Scholarship
Honors travel grant (Honors student only)
Student Government Association scholarships
Check with your major department for additional available scholarships

Study Abroad courses are not eligible for employee tuition waiver

You may contact Student Financial Assistance to determine your funding options if needed.  You will need to provide the course number, name, your name and WKU ID (800#), and the program fee as stated on the budget sheet, in the email you send to financial aid.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.