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Recent News & Events

Lisa Maus at PLU on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Lisa Maus Awarded Gilman Scholarship

Congratulations to Lisa Maus ’16 on her selection for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship! The Gilman Scholarship is a nationally competitive award sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, which aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the regions and countries where they go. Lisa, a Nursing student, will be a participant in our Namibia Gateway program this spring.

Lisa is only the 4th ever PLU student and the first in over 10 years to be awarded the prestigious Gilman Scholarship. Congratulations again, Lisa and best of luck next semester in Namibia! To learn more about the Gilman and other study away scholarships, please visit our Funding page.

Jehane Noujaim visiting PLU to deliver 2015 Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture
Jehane Noujaim at PLU

On February 19, 2015, award-winning filmmaker Jehane Noujaim visited PLU to deliver the second biennial Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial Lecture.

PLU International Education Week logo 2014
International Education Week

Throughout the week of November 17-21, PLU celebrated International Education Week with lots of great internationally-themed events around campus.

Mural in Trinidad

PLU’s Chris Jordan painted a fantastic mural at a local boys’ school while studying away in Trinidad & Tobago during Spring semester 2014.

Parkland Mural

The Parkland Community Mural Project, founded by study away alum and Wang Grant recipient Saiyare Refaei, was completed August 2014!

More Global Education News

PLU Film Team in Namibia

During summer 2014, six Lutes traveled to Namibia to film a documentary about the nine Namibians who studied at PLU in the 1990s.

100 Fulbright Scholars

Fulbright ScholarsFive more PLU grads (all Study Away alums!) received Fulbrights in Spring 2014, bringing the university’s total to an even 100. 

Language Study Pays Off

Check out this article about top-paying liberal arts majors. Another excellent reason to study a foreign language abroad!

Increased Career Opportunities Through Study Away

Check out this article about how studying away can boost your resume and your job opportunities!

Spy Recruiting and Study Abroad

A recent FBI video warns American students of how they could be made recruiting targets by foreign intelligence agencies. Read more in this New York Times article.

Wang Center Wins Quigg Award

On December 19th, the Wang Center received the Carol Sheffels Quigg Award for Excellence and Innovation supporting “projects to enhance the quality, efficiencies and sustainable practices” of our Study Away programs and office.

PLU in Top 10 Nationally for Study Abroad

In the most recent Open Doors study published by the Institute of International Education, PLU ranked #9 amongst US Master’s Institutions for undergraduate participation in study abroad.

Is Study Abroad Essential?

How important is it for American students to spend time learning overseas? Read More of this New York Times article.

Namibian Delegation Visits PLU

Included among the delegation of Namibian dignitaries touring the Pacific Lutheran University campus last week was a proud alumnus, Edwin Tjiramba, who delighted in sharing his fond memories of PLU. Read more.

PLU Top Placer in the Peace Corps

This year, Pacific Lutheran University ranks No.18 on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. Read full article.

J-Term Students Featured on UK Sites

Students from the 2013 J-Term course “Crime and Punishment in the UK” were featured on several UK websites, including the Gloucestershire Constabulary’s Facebook Page.

PLU Named Top Producer of Fulbrights

The Chronicle of Higher Education named PLU a top producer of Fulbright for 2012-13. Currently four PLU graduates are abroad as Fulbright Scholars. Read about them here.

The State of Global Education in Washington

Global Washington is a non-profit, membership based organization committed to strengthening the global development sector of Washington State. In the past year, Global Washington began to explore the importance of global education, specifically for Washington students, and discovered the significance of global understanding in today’s world. The Global Education Initiative, a subcommittee of Global WA, recently released a report outlining the state of global education in Washington, providing a rationale for global education, highlighting best practices, and presenting recommendations for improvement. Read the Executive Summary

Higher Salary and Study Abroad

Ever wondered about the relationship between study abroad and employability? Check out this recent study from IES Abroad. The research found that study away enhances one’s opportunity to find jobs sooner after graduation – and at a higher salary!

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