Colleges With an Emphasis on Global Experiences

Posted by: Website Administrator on 4/4/2013

You’d be hard-pressed to find a college these days that doesn’t value global awareness, and just about every college offers study abroad opportunities.  However, there are a few schools that truly take the emphasis on international education and global experiences to the next level.  If an emphasis on globalism and international awareness is important to you, read on to learn about some colleges that might be of interest.

Study Abroad Requirement.  Goucher College in Baltimore, MD requires all of its students to study abroad before they graduate. But they’re pretty flexible about this requirement - students can study abroad for a full-year, one semester, or during a three-week intensive program.  All students are awarded travel vouchers of $1200, unless they are part of a selective and more intensive International Scholars Program (ISP), in which case the voucher is $3000. 

Campuses Across the World.  Colleges and universities are beginning to expand their reach and establish campuses across the globe.  At these institutions, you can not only have an international experience, but earn your degree from one of their international campuses, as well.

1.  New York University’s main campus is in Manhattan, but they have degree-granting campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.  When applying for admission to NYU, students select if they are applying to the Washington Square (New York), Abu Dhabi, or Shanghai campus.

2.  American University’s main campus is in Washington D.C., but they have a degree-granting campus in Dubai, as well.  Undergraduates can apply to American in D.C. or American in Dubai. 

Colleges Where More Than 50% Of Students Study Abroad.  Even if a college doesn’t have a global campus, or a study abroad requirement, plenty of colleges go above and beyond in encouraging their students to study abroad – and students jump at the chance, as well.  Here are some of the colleges that send more than 50% of their students to study abroad.

Bates College Eckerd College Skidmore College
Bucknell University Elon University St. Lawrence University
Carleton College Franklin and Marshall College St. Olaf College
Colby College Kalamazoo College Trinity College
Colgate University Loyola University Maryland Union College
Connecticut College Macalester College University of Denver
Dartmouth College Pomona College University of Richmond
Dickinson College Scripps College Wake Forest University

Of course, if a study abroad requirement or full-on global campus isn’t your thing, not to worry.  If you want to study abroad for a semester, or a year, or even during your summer, winter, or spring break, just about any college will have these opportunities.  But if you’re looking for a school that takes its global focus to a new level, and where you’ll find students who are as passionate about global experiences as you are, then be sure to take a look at some of these colleges.