Semester Study Away
Application Due Date
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Application is located on The Lighthouse’s page on Virginia Wesleyan’s Portal.
Virginia Wesleyan University offers students in all majors the opportunity to study abroad for a semester with a wide variety of programs around the globe. At Virginia Wesleyan, semester study abroad is a competitive program. Selected students become the University’s Global Scholars.
- Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program
- Financing Study Abroad
- Preparing for Semester Study Abroad
- Follow our Global Scholars’ Journeys
- Virginia Wesleyan’s Study Abroad Partners
In 2012, Virginia Wesleyan launched its Global Scholars Program (GSP). The GSP is made possible by a gift from an anonymous donor who wishes to expand study abroad by funding a semester of foreign study immersion to students to broaden their intellectual and cultural horizons.
The GSP is a competitive program that supports semester study abroad during the fall and spring semesters. It is open to Virginia Wesleyan students in all majors. To date, the GSP has funded 65 students. During the 2017-18 academic year, 15 students have been selected as our Global Scholars.
Global Scholars may study in a wide array of countries. Past Global Scholars have studied in Tanzania, Argentina, the Czech Republic, Jordan, India, Spain, Poland, Turks and Caicos, South Korea, Chile, Senegal, Cuba, and many other countries. To learn more about our Global Scholars’ adventures, follow their blogs.
Eligibility for the Global Scholars Program:
- Enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan University at time of application
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- At the time of application, students have earned between 45 and 85 credits
- Will return to VWU for at least one full fall or spring semester after the study abroad semester
Semester study abroad is affordable at Virginia Wesleyan University. With the generous support of an anonymous donor, our Global Scholars Program underwrites many study abroad expenses for our students.
Virginia Wesleyan University covers Global Scholars’ tuition, fees, and room & board at the host institution. VWU also pays for airfare to the host institution, visa fees, excursions, and a pre-paid $500 MasterCard to be used for travel and cultural exploration while abroad.
Students selected as our Global Scholars pay only Virginia Wesleyan’s full-time tuition, fees, and room & board at the lowest rate. While abroad, students should budget approximately $1,500 to $2,000 for personal expenses, depending on the cost of living in the host country and the amount of travel undertaken.
Semester study abroad requires good preparation. At Virginia Wesleyan, students may study abroad for a semester in their junior year or the first semester of their senior year. But planning to study abroad should begin much earlier.
Students should begin to plan for semester abroad at least 18 months before departure.
18 Months Prior to Departure
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12 Months Prior to Departure
6 Months Prior to Departure
Seven Virginia Wesleyan students are studying abroad this semester in the following countries:
- The Netherlands
- United Kingdom