Washington University in St. Louis offers a wide array of opportunities for students to study and travel abroad. Many of our study abroad programs and other international education opportunities are organized, facilitated and managed at the school level.
Our elite global partners offer in-depth study, research and language immersion programs at all levels of study.
As part of a strategic partnership, Washington University in St. Louis and Fudan University have engaged in several academic endeavors, including:
- Undergraduate experiences in Shanghai
- Olin Business School’s Executive MBA program (ranked No. 1 one in mainland China since 2005 by the Financial Times)
- An intensive Chinese language program
- A semester undergraduate program
- A summer school program hosted by WUSTL’s University College for Fudan students
Washington University in St. Louis’ academic programs in Washington, D.C. offer WUSTL students and faculty the opportunity to expand the resources available for their education, teaching and research. At the same time, the programs expand the resources available to organizations in Washington, D.C. by making more accessible the knowledge, talents and skills of students, faculty and alumni in the WUSTL community.
International and Area Studies encourages research and teaching on societies and cultures around the world. It provides opportunities for scholarly inquiry and intellectual innovation, encourages faculty and student interchange, brings guests to campus, and helps organize conferences and workshops on international and global topics best approached from an interdisciplinary perspective. For more information, visit the International and Area Studies website.
Overseas Programs draws from an elite global network of partner institutions to connect faculty and students through research, field work, language study and service around the world. We endeavor to provide all Arts & Sciences students at Washington University with the opportunity to study abroad at some point during their undergraduate program. For more information, visit the Overseas Programs website.
The Global Citizenship Program offers first year students in Arts & Sciences uniquely designed courses and special events to help them develop a global perspective and introduce them to a range of international opportunities. For more information, visit the Global Citizenship Program website.
The Brown School offers several opportunities for social work and public health students to affect social change worldwide through international academic institutes, center for social development, prevention research center, transdisciplinary problem solving (TPS) courses and individual internship experiences.
The school’s faculty and graduate students pursue research that have worldwide implications.
Each program leverages its unique location by inviting artists, designers and architects to serve as instructors and visiting lecturers, incorporating local sites into course assignments and studio projects and arranging numerous excursions to nearby sites and cities. All Sam Fox School programs work hand-in hand with the school’s curriculum to ensure that students can study abroad while earning required degree requirements.
Through a robust range of course offerings and on-campus and off-campus opportunities, we seek to bring the world to our students, and our students to the world.
Our marquee Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, the centerpiece of international and comparative scholarly research at the law school, brings top speakers to the law school each year and provides opportunities for students to participate in cutting-edge legal research.
Students can study abroad or pursue dual degrees (JD and master’s) through the Transnational Law Program or through joint ventures with the University of Queensland in Australia or the Sorbonne in France. They participate in internships abroad – often for course credit – both in the private sector and for governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations. In their second and third years, students can work for the Global Studies Law Review or compete on one of our interscholastic international law moot court teams.
During the summer, students can attend the Summer Institute for International Law and Policy in The Netherlands or take advantage of the Dagen-Legomsky Fellowships to study at The Hague Academy of International Law or intern with high-level public interest organizations abroad.
Student Opportunities Abroad Program (SOAPs) allows students to participate in an international medical experience during the summer between their first and second years. Second-year students may spend time in a medically oriented clinical experience in a developing country (usually to Central/South America).
Fourth-year students are encouraged to arrange fourth-year elective rotations abroad; students find a faculty mentor at another university and work with the mentor to define goals and set objectives. Jonathan Mann scholarships allow fourth-year students to participate in clinical rotations at foreign institutions.
Olin’s International Internship Program offers students the opportunity to combine classroom learning with an internship experience abroad. Olin also offers students the opportunity to explore a topic in-depth through coursework at WUSTL that includes a short-term immersive (usually two or fewer weeks) experience abroad. Past programs have included a Luxury Goods Study Tour, Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Israel, and Venture Consulting in Budapest as a few examples.
For example, numerous student-led trips during spring, winter and fall break focus on international service. Faculty coordinate service opportunities with their research partners in areas from India to Kenya. At the graduate level, the Schools of Medicine and Law send student and faculty cohorts to provide basic care and legal aid to the under-served in other countries.
This staff development opportunity is a nine-month commitment, with pre-departure preparation February through May for a week-long experience abroad in June and campus outreach efforts July through October.