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Global Topics

Grace Zimmerman Awarded Gilman Scholarship

Congratulations to Grace Zimmerman ’17 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. Grace, a Nursing student, will be a participant in our Namibia Gateway program this spring.

Grace is only the 5th ever PLU student to be awarded the prestigious Gilman Scholarship. Congratulations again, Grace and best of luck next semester in Namibia! To learn more about the Gilman and other study away scholarships, please visit our Funding page.

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.

More Global Education Topics

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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!

PLU Study Away Alumni often continue their involvement in global education after their time away. Read about Sara Stuart, an alum of the Granada Program and a former Sojourner Advocate, teaching ESL classes in Everett through Goodwill and the YMCA.

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!

Upcoming Events

Group picture of PLU J-Term 2016 study away students led by Karen Travis and Mark Reiman visiting Cinque Terre, Italy.
Lutes in the News in Italy

This PLU J-Term 2016 study away program led by Karen Travis and Mark Reiman, made the Italian news when visiting Cinque Terre, Italy.

Picture of a passport laying on a map
Careers and Study Away

Learn more about the long-term benefits of study away in this recent article from PRSSA on “5 Ways Studying Abroad Can Help Your Career.”

PLU International Education Week logo 2014 rose window and globe combined
International Education Week

Each November, PLU celebrates International Education Week by hosting lots of great internationally-themed events around campus.

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.