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Semester Study Away

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

October 15, 2021

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Through our Global Scholars Program, Virginia Wesleyan offers students in all majors the opportunity to study abroad for a semester with a wide variety of programs around the globe. Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program is a competitive program that is offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Why I Studied Away

Virginia Wesleyan’s Global Scholars Program

In 2012, Virginia Wesleyan launched its Global Scholars Program (GSP). Students have the opportunity to study abroad with any of the university’s exchange partners. During the study abroad experience, students may complete coursework to meet major, minor, General Education breadth, and foreign language requirements. The program is open to students in all majors.

Eligibility for the Global Scholars Program:

  • Enrolled at Virginia Wesleyan University at time of application
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75
  • 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

Financing Study Abroad

Study abroad is affordable at Virginia Wesleyan. During their semester abroad, our Global Scholars pay VWU’s tuition, fees, room, and board along with travel expenses, visas, international health insurance, and study abroad program application fees. Virginia Wesleyan covers students’ study abroad program expenses, including tuition, fees, room, and board.

Global Scholars may apply their financial aid to semester study abroad. This includes federal financial aid and all VWU merit awards.

Students are encouraged to apply for external scholarships and grants, including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and the Fund for Education Abroad. Information on a variety of study abroad grant programs is provided by Diversity Abroad and GoAbroad’s Guide to Study Abroad Scholarships

For assistance with financing study abroad, contact VWU’s Director of Global Engagement, Ms. Mandy Reinig. You may schedule an appointment with her using The Lighthouse’s online appointment scheduler.

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 Global Engagement Director to identify programs.
  • Meet with VWU’s Financial Aid Office to learn about financing study abroad

15 Months Prior to Departure

  • Consult with major and minor academic advisor(s) to determine if study away programs fulfill VWU’s academic requirements.
  • Identify possible study abroad programs
  • Prepare the semester abroad application materials
  • Apply for passport
  • Learn as much as you can about your country of study. Read books!

12 Months Prior to Departure

  • Submit Semester Abroad Application
  • Prepare for interview. Study your country.
  • Request letters of recommendation from VWU faculty
  • Draft your Global Engagement Essay essay

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 Director of Global Engagement, Ms. Mandy Reinig ( You may make an appointment with her using our online appointment scheduler