Comparative Systems of Higher Education: UK/US

Program Dates: March 8, 2024 (travel day) - March 23, 2024

A semester-long study of comparative educational systems (UK: US) that culminates in a two- week learning abroad experience in the United Kingdom. Students will meet with students and staff and tour campuses including- Kingston University, University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University of Sheffield, University of Chester, and Cardiff University. They will also meet with professional staff from AMOSSHE (professional association of student services personnel in the UK). 


We will meet in London, England (UK) on Saturday, March 9th and we will travel around England with a stop in Wales. Students will meet with students and university staff and tour campuses including- Kingston University (London area), University of Oxford (SE England), University of Cambridge (Eastern England), University of Sheffield (Peak District in England), University of Chester (NW England), and Cardiff University (Wales). Students will have time to explore local villages, towns, and cities. 


Course Prefix

Course Name



SAA 5441-101

Comparative Systems of Higher Education: UK/US


Dr. Diane Waryold


Faculty Leader

Dr. Diane Waryold

Professor, Student Affairs Administration (SAA)

Department of Counseling, Family Therapy & Higher Education (CTH)

Dr. Diane M. Waryold (she/her/hers pronouns) is a Professor and former Program Director in the Student Affairs Administration graduate program. She is in her 20th year of teaching at App State and has entered phased retirement whereby she is teaching on a half-time basis. Waryold was an accomplished student affairs administrator for twenty-five-plus years before moving into the faculty role. This is the 15th year that this course is offered and to date, 163 students have traveled to the UK with Dr. Waryold and a co-leader. In her "free” time, she likes to spend time with family, friends, and her pups and she loves the great outdoors (hiking, camping, cycling, kayaking, traveling, etc). 



Sarah Garrow

Director, New Mountaineer & Family Engagement Department within the Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University.

Sarah Garrow (she/her) serves as the Director of New Mountaineer and Family Engagement, a newly formed department within the Division of Student Affairs that aids in transitioning all new students and family members into the Mountaineer Community. She graduated from the College Student Development (CSD) Program in 2016 and has since served App State in various professional capacities. As a graduate student, Sarah’s participation in study abroad programs, including this Historical Perspectives Course, sparked her love and appreciation for global travel. Since her first trip across the pond, Sarah actively seeks opportunities to explore all the world has to offer. When not traveling with her husband, Sarah enjoys gardening, being active in the High Country, cheering on App State, and spending time with her two dogs.


Program Cost: $2,700

Program cost includes select meals, lodging, in-country transportation, tickets and events. 

Please note - Students are responsible for the total program cost upon submitting the application and deposit. Refunds are contingent upon meeting the minimum enrollment of the program. If a student decides to withdraw before departure, that student may be eligible for a refund if the program has met minimum enrollment and is therefore viable. 

Non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.  Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. 

Payment Schedule





 Upon receipt of application

Remaining balance due




Estimated Additional Expenses


Graduate Tuition - Resident

$187.54 / credit hour

Graduate Tuition - Non-Resident

$207.54 / credit hour





 Additional Meals 


Spending Money 


Appalachian reserves the right to cancel or alter the program format or to change costs in case of conditions beyond the university's control.  Further details about Appalachian's withdrawal/cancellation policy can be found at this link.


Application Process

  1. In order to apply for this program, you will need to contact Dr. Waryold ( and provide your Banner ID and email address. Program leaders may request additional information or a meeting to discuss the details of the program and your interest.
  2. When permission to apply for the program is granted, you will receive an email from your program leader with instructions to apply.
  3. Apply to the program following the instructions from the program leader.
  4. Print, sign and drop off your application at the Office of International Education and Development at Plemmons Student Union (PSU), Suite 321 ( 3rd floor), 263 Locust Street Boone, NC 28608. Your application will be considered complete when you have submitted your digital application, paid the $300 deposit, and dropped off your printed and signed application. The fee cannot be paid until it appears on your student account. Please note that it may take 2–3 business days for it to post to your account. You will receive an email with Instructions for paying the deposit fee. Instructions can also be found in the application.