Semester Study Abroad Partners

Virginia Wesleyan University’s Global Scholars Program provides semester study abroad options with our exchange partners in more than 50 countries. Applications are accepted for the fall or spring semesters. 

Application Deadlines

Spring 2025 Application for ALL Programs (ISEP and Exchange)
Friday, August 30

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Golden Palace in Kyoto, Japan

VWU Global Japan Study Abroad Program

The VWU Global Japan Study Abroad Program will provide Virginia Wesleyan students the unique opportunity to take general education, major, and minor courses in Tokyo, Japan. This is one of the few study abroad programs where students are able to undertake paid work/internships experiences of up to 28 hours a week during their semester abroad. The Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) / Lakeland University Japan (LUJ) program allows students to take classes with local Japanese students as well as students from other Asian countries. Additionally, they can participate in cultural activities such as tea ceremonies.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: English

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Jack Palmer - Duomo di Milano, Milan, Italy - Taken Sept. 30, 2022 by Kiera Doyle

International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)

ISEP provides students with the opportunity to enroll at local universities. Students may study at a range of locations, from large metropolitan cities to small villages. ISEP’s university partners offer courses in a wide variety of disciplines including art, biology, business, environmental science, foreign languages, history, international studies, political science, and psychology. When applying to ISEP university partners, applicants rank their choices and are placed according to availability.

Location: More than 50 countries
Language of Instruction: English and local languages

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Heidelberg University of Education, Germany

Heidelberg University of Education

Students study German language, literature, history, and civilization at the Pädagogische Hochschule in Heidelberg, Germany. Walk along the Philosopher's Path and in Goethe's footsteps in this charming romantic town.

Location: Heidelberg, Germany
Language of Instruction: German

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Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Irish American Scholars Program, Northern Ireland

Students have the opportunity to study abroad at one of four Northern Ireland universities. Courses are available in almost every discipline and it may even be possible for students to complete their student teaching abroad. Students live in residence halls with local and international students and are easily able to experience the rich history and culture of both the British and Irish in one location.

Note: Students apply in the spring for study abroad in either the fall or the spring of the next academic year. The cumulative GPA requirement for this program is 3.2.

Location:Belfast, Northern Ireland
Language of Instruction:English

Irish American Scholars Program

Matthew Taylor - Fushimi Inari, Kyoto, Japan, Unknown

Kansai Gaidai University

At Kansai Gaidai University, students immerse themselves in Asian culture along with hundreds of other students from around the world. This Asian Studies program offers a variety of courses in religious studies, gender, women, and sexuality, literature, history, business, and studio art. Students who study abroad during the spring semester also have the opportunity to take part in a short-term internship. Kansai Gaidai University offers students the opportunity to engage with local students through clubs and cultural activities.

Location: Osaka, Japan
Language of Instruction: English

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Thomas Reinhold '22 participating in a traditional drum workshop at Rikkyo, January 2019, Anonymous photographer

Rikkyo University

At Rikkyo University, students experience a private liberal arts university within the large metropolitan city of Tokyo, Japan. Students may take courses in English in a large variety of disciplines including business, political science, international studies, communication, history, sociology and many other fields. philosophy, history, business, religious studies, communication, and many other fields. Students live in international dormitories with other students from around the world and are able to participate in clubs and cultural activities to truly immerse themselves in the Japanese culture.

Location: Tokyo, Japan
Language of Instruction: English

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University of Anáhuac Querétaro, c. 2019

University of Anáhuac Querétaro

Students have the opportunity to study abroad in Querétaro, Mexico, an archeologically significant city dating back to the Mesoamericans. The University of Anáhuac Querétaro offers a wide range of courses, including those in the fields of business, international relations, psychology, and Spanish. At this Catholic university, students participate in an array of extra-curricular activities, such as athletics, community service, and leadership programs.

Location: Querétaro, Mexico
Language of Instruction:English, Spanish

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Madero University campus, c. 2016

University of Madero

Located in the historic city of Puebla, Mexico, Madero University provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture. The University offers a wide range of courses in business, communication, media studies, art, and psychology. Students live with Mexican and international students in campus dormitories.

Location: Puebla, Mexico
Language of Instruction: Spanish

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