PLU is a national leader in global education, with a vision for “educating for a just, healthy, sustainable, and peaceful world at home and abroad.”

PLU provides diverse opportunities to develop the skills to navigate the challenges of an increasingly complex and interconnected world. We know these will help you find success in your career and realize your full potential to live, learn, serve and lead as a global citizen.

Global education at PLU is woven into the fabric of the university – you can study in academic programs like Global Studies, Chinese Studies, French & Francophone Studies, Hispanic & Latino Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace Corps Prep, International Honors Program, Holocaust & Genocide Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, live in the internationally focused residence hall, and get involved in activities and events like PLU’s popular Global Getdown.


Student holding a Lute Banner in front of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.

PLU values the diversity within the US and therefore offers academic programs both locally and globally. Students earn PLU credit and have access to Financial Aid and Scholarships while studying away for a Semester, Year or Short-Term program.


Group of students posed with a newspaper studying away in Germany.

The Global Studies Program educates students to engage critically and actively with contending perspectives on global issues, their origins, and possible solutions to global problems drawing on methods and perspectives from multiple disciplines.

IHON (International Honors Program)

Students taking class looking out on the hills of Meteora, Greece.

PLU’s International Honors Program (IHON) is a unique honors program that focuses not on teaching you about things, but instead on cultivating your ability to learn, think for yourself, and express yourself.


Three PLU Peace Corp Prep students holding a Peace Corp banner on campus.

Peace Corps Prep is an undergraduate certificate program that helps students prepare for service in the Peace Corps, a US-government organization that sends US citizens abroad to volunteer for two-years in over 60 countries.

I feel my vocation in this life of mine is to equip myself with the education and knowledge in order to see and make the world an equitable, peaceful, and better place for all. I believe in the power global studies has, especially with GS being interdisciplinary, it has always pushed my boundaries and allowed me to critically examine the world and grow as a learner, social justice advocate and human being.

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Tamber Price

Class of 2023


Headshot of Margaret Chell in front of Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine Step and Repeat.

While at PLU, Margaret Chell ’18 decided to join the Peace Corps after a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer visited her global development class. She was excited about the idea of putting her global studies major to work to help others. In March of 2020, she found herself in Guinea, West Africa working as a public health educator.