Wang Center for Global Education

Awards, Recogintion, and Grants

  • In 2009, Pacific Lutheran University matched a $1 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to create a $2 million dollar endowment to assist low-income students to participate in study away programs.  The Global Scholars Awards will begin assisting students to study away in the Fall 2009 semester.
Watch PLU's award-winning video on Carbon Onsetting
  • In 2009, Pacific Lutheran University became the first university is Washington state and the first private university on the west coast to receive the prestigious Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization.  A profile of PLU will appear in the publication, Internationalizing the Campus, to be published in Fall 2009 by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

  • In January 2006, Pacific Lutheran University became the first US higher education institution to have students studying simultaneously on all 7 continents, an achievement that was subsequently repeated in 2008 and will also occur in 2010.  The course in Antarctica that makes this achievement possible is a class in Environmental Literature, taught by Dr. Charles Bergman, Professor of English.