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

Semester abroad Global Scholars applications for spring 2019 are due on
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

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