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8th Biennial Wang Center Symposium

Migration: Towards an Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Understanding of Mobility

March 8 and 9, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Photo and Video Contest Winners! Check out the winners from this year and previous years!

Recent Scholarship Recipients

Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants

Riley Dolan (’19) and Lottie Duren (’19) were two of twenty-five students nationwide to receive Study Abroad Grants through the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society during the Session B awards cycle this year. These grants are awarded to students with a GPA of 3.75 and above who wish to seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying away. For more information on these grants, click here. Congratulations, Riley and Lottie!

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University of Auckland & Diversity Abroad Scholarship

Taylor Maruno (’20) was awarded the University of Auckland & Diversity Abroad scholarship for her semester in New Zealand this spring. Taylor was one of two students selected for a full scholarship to cover her study away program this awards cycle. For more information on this scholarship, click here. Congratulations, Taylor!

Updated November 2017

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Cheyenne Hart (’18) was awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman scholarship for her semester in Seoul, South Korea this spring. The Gilman scholarship provides funding for students who receive a Pell Grant to study away, especially to those studying a critical language such as Korean, Turkish, Hindi, or Russian while abroad. For more information, click here. Congratulations, Cheyenne!

Updated November 2017

More Global Education Topics

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

Check out these articles about how studying away can boost your resume and your job opportunities!

5 Ways Studying Abroad Can Help Your Career

The Right Sort of Travel Can Boost Your Career

An IES Abroad Study shows that study away enhances one’s opportunity to find jobs sooner after graduation – and at a higher salary!

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

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

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

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

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, 2013, 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.

Included among the delegation of Namibian dignitaries touring the Pacific Lutheran University campus in 2013 was a proud alumnus, Edwin Tjiramba, who delighted in sharing his fond memories of PLU. Read more.

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

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

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International Education Week

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