Wang Center for Global Education

Awards, Recognition, and Grants

  • Pacific Lutheran University was named as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright students for 2012-13 as a master's institution by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This past year, four PLU students were awarded Fulbright Student Fellowships. That makes 91 PLU student Fulbright recipients since 1975. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to “enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and the people of other countries.” It is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.
2009 Simon Award Recipient

The Simon Award for campus internationalization was awarded to PLU in 2009, recognizing the decades of hard work that staff and faculty across campus have contributed towards global education.

  • 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 began assisting students to study away in the Fall 2009 semester.
  • 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 appeared in the publication, Internationalizing the Campus, published in Fall 2009 by NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
  • In January 2006, Pacific Lutheran University became the first 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.