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Semester Study Away


Global Scholars
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

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

Financing Study Abroad

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.

Preparing for Semester Study Abroad

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

  • Meet with academic advisor(s) to discuss the possibility of study abroad
  • Research study abroad programs
  • Attend a study away fair to learn about programs
  • Meet with the SAP Director to identify programs.
  • Meet with VWU’s Financial Aid Office to learn about financing study abroad

15 Months Prior to Departure

  • Identify possible study abroad programs
  • Attend a Global Scholars application workshop
  • Prepare Global Scholars application materials
  • Draft your Pathway to See Change essay
  • Request letters of recommendation from VWU faculty
  • Apply for passport
  • Learn as much as you can about your country of study. Read books!

12 Months Prior to Departure

  • Consult with major and minor academic advisor(s) to determine if study away programs fulfill VWU’s academic requirements.
  • Submit Global Scholars application
  • Prepare for Global Scholars interview. Study your country.

6 Months Prior to Departure

  • Participate in the Global Scholars’ pre-departure course
  • Learn about your country of study
  • Improve language skills
  • Develop a study away budget
  • Determine visa requirements in your host country and submit documents

Follow our Global Scholars’ Journeys

Seven Virginia Wesleyan students are studying abroad this semester in the following countries:

  • Bonaire
  • Japan
  • The Netherlands
  • Panama
  • Senegal
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom

Follow our Global Scholars’ Blogs


For more information about  Virginia Wesleyan’s Study Away Program, consult with the Lighthouse’s Study Away Program Director, Ms. Mandy Reinig (areinig@vwu.edu). You may make an appointment with her using our online scheduler or come to her Study Away Open Advising hours on Tuesdays, 2:30-4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 a.m.