Travel, trade, and communications are bringing about a new global reality, with complex interconnections among virtually all the world’s cultures. Integrating an international perspective into your studies can add new dimensions to how you understand the world – here are some ways you can do that.
Choose a Major or Minor with an International Focus
Global Studies (Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Russia/Post-Soviet): Study the culture, history, languages, literature, politics, and religions of the major world regions, exploring both their specificity and their interconnectedness.
International Relations (courses in Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology): Focus on the interactions among states, markets, and non-state actors (e.g., international organizations, NGOs) in the international system.
Modern Languages and Literatures (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian, Japanese, Linguistics, Russian): Immerse yourself in the language and culture of your primary area of interest. Live in one of our international language houses and study with foreign tutors.
Study in Another Country
More than 700 W&M students study abroad each year – a great way to experience another culture’s ways of thinking and living, while studying academic subjects and earning credit toward your degree.
The Reves Center coordinates programs that can hook you up with study abroad:
- Summer programs in Barbados, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, India, Italy, Mexico, the Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, and South Africa
- Semester programs in Argentina, Australia, China, England, Scotland, and Spain
- Semester- and year-long exchanges with partner universities in Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Scotland, Singapore, and Taiwan
Not enough choices? Reves Center staff can help you find the right program, and you can enroll on your own.
Get Involved in an International Research Project
As an undergraduate student you’ll have extraordinary opportunities to participate in faculty research. You can also design and carry out your own research guided by a faculty member. Be sure to check out the campus scholarships and other grants that help to fund student research.
Join a German Studies professor to study the Jewish life today in Munich. Work with professors in the Government, Economics, and Sociology departments to trace the allocation, uses, and efficacy of international development aid. Conduct research with faculty and students on mercury pollution in the waterways of Virginia and China. All of these projects received campus funding in recent years.
Got your own ideas for research? You can take on a departmental honors thesis project with a favorite professor and produce your own research. Visit the Charles Center to learn more about the range of undergraduate research opportunities.
International Internships and Service Projects
Want to intern for a summer at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels? Maybe a corporate internship in Costa Rica? How about a stint at the State Department? These are just a few of the many international opportunities you can find through the W&M Career Center. Make sure you complete the Internship for Academic Credit (PDF) form, so you receive W&M credits for your internship.
You can also check out service projects coordinated through the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship. Each year, hundreds of W&M students participate in some kind of service project. Some of these have an international component or take place on site in another country.