Global Education

Global Education

We educate students to be participants in a global and diverse society by engaging students through coursework, speaker series and cultural programs, and a vibrant and extensive study abroad program.

study abroad

Approximately 70% of our students participate in an experience abroad. This may be through a full term abroad, faculty-led Spring Term abroad program, summer programs, international internships, international research opportunities, or service-learning. Advisers at The Center for International Education work with you to choose a program tailored to your academic interests and career goals, or to find funding for international experiences during the summer. 

The Certificate of International Immersion

Students who invest significant time abroad living with native speakers, taking coursework in the target language, participating in community service or working in an internship may apply for the Certificate of International Immersion, an honor awarded during their senior year.

Spring Term Abroad

Students have the opportunity to get an up-close, intensive and personal experience abroad, studying a single subject on-site with their professor and classmates during W&L’s four-week Spring Term. Many students go more than once, and additional financial assistance is available for qualified students. While there are opportunities for students to travel abroad throughout the year, Spring Term is an additional option for students whose academic or athletic schedules can’t accommodate a full semester or year abroad. 

International Students and Scholars

Washington and Lee University is home to international students and scholars from more than thirty countries on average. Theses students add an enriching global perspective in and out of the classroom.

Start in Lexington

And consider W&L your launch pad to anywhere.
  • Start in Lexington - Go anywhere. London. Belize. Nepal. Main Street, Virginia. Your classes are your passport to every corner of the world.

  • The Cape Town Program, a partnership between the Williams School and the Shepherd Program, provides students with an interdisciplinary experience they'll never forget.
  • The Keck Geology Consortium trip brings students to Belize to research staghorn coral populations. (Don't worry, you'll get your scuba certification before you go!)
  • James Ricks spent the summer working for The Oda Foundation in Nepal, where he researched tobacco use and worked with children to create a mural that represents health in their town.
  • After learning about natural hazards and their impact on society, students in geology course "The Next Big One" took a mind-blowing field trip to Mount St. Helens.
  • Through the Kakehashi Inouye Scholars Program, a group of W&L students spent eight days immersed in the culture of Japan.
  • For students like Lourdes Arana, the London Internship Program combines course work, internships and alumni support to create an unforgettable educational experience.