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Semester Study Away
Monika Metro at Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Photo taken by Jacob Handel
Xavier Turner at Lake Atitlán, Guatemala
Photo taken by Xavier Turner
Kristina Sabelstrom at the University of Belgrano, Argentina
Photo taken by Theresa Thomas
Caleb Mercer with his homestay family at the Sanzenin Temple, Japan
Photo taken by Aoi Tasumitsu
Nicole Holmes on Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Photo taken by Alison Stouffer
Danielle Gagnon at the Goethe Institut in Dusseldorf, Germany
Photo taken by by classmate, Lucien
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.
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 87 students.
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
Past Global Scholars have studied in Tanzania, Argentina, Czech Republic, Jordan, India, Spain, Poland, Turks and Caicos, South Korea, Chile, Senegal, Cuba, and many other countries
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 semester abroad application workshop
Prepare the semester abroad 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 Semester Abroad Application
Prepare for interview. Study your country.
6 Months Prior to Departure
Participate in the semester abroad 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
For more information about Virginia Wesleyan’s Study Away Program, consult with the Lighthouse’s Study Away Program Director, Ms. Mandy Reinig (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may make an appointment with her using our online appointment scheduler