Wang Center for Global Education

Globally-Focused University

Global and intercultural education is one of the primary focal points of the academic program at Pacific Lutheran University.

PLU is among the most internationally active schools in the nation, offering programs that will help students:

  • Be aware of their own place and culture in the world, and understand the interrelation of socio-political, economic, scientific, cultural, religious, and linguistic facets of human life
  • Be sensitive to the historical, multinational, religious, and social roots of diverse cultures, and learn to value and promote global harmony and diplomacy
  • Be curious about other cultures and work to understand them through experiences within those cultures
  • Develop skills for navigating in a globally interconnected world by taking on- and off-campus courses that incorporate global and intercultural dimensions, and by attaining proficiency in a second language
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Katie Martell & John Struzenberg working on a video about sustainability & study away. Photo by John Froschauer

Committed to educate for a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world, PLU weaves global education through almost every aspect of a student's study. World events shape our lives, and PLU's curriculum reflects that reality. As a result, students will graduate well prepared for graduate study or a career with a global focus.


Study Abroad Ranking

PLU regularly places among the top ten Master's degree universities in the United States for percentage of students engaged in international study. In the 2013 Open Doors study, PLU ranked #9 amongst US Master's Institutions for undergraduate participation in study abroad. 


Global Scholarship and Faculty/Staff Development

Eighty PLU graduates have received Fulbright scholarships for post-graduate study and research abroad since 1975 and twenty have received Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships.


Grant Support

More than $5.5 million in grant funding has come to the university to support excellence in global education.