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:


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 is committed to creating positive social change locally, nationally and internationally through path-breaking research and educational excellence. Achieving this goal requires collaboration with national and international organizations to improve access to and quality of social services and to address social and economic justice in the world.

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.

For more information about their opportunities for global study, please visit the Brown School website.

With the goal of educating undergraduate students for leadership roles in an increasingly global and technological society, the School of Engineering & Applied Science was among the first to develop engineering-specific study-abroad programs, offering our students the opportunity to have an international experience through summer, semester or year-long programs.

The school’s faculty and graduate students pursue research that have worldwide implications.

Explore the school’s global outreach on the School of Engineering & Applied Science website.

The Sam Fox School has study-abroad programs that draw on the the rich traditions as well as the contemporary design strengths in carefully selected locations.

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.

Explore international programs at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts on the school’s website.

The law school prepares its students for practice in a global legal environment.

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.

Explore international law programs on the law school website.

Washington University School of Medicine offers students a rich array of international opportunities to broaden their experiences in global health care by participating in diverse clinical and research settings around the world.

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.

Find other opportunities for fellowships and funding on the Bernard Becker Medical Library website.

Almost all business activity today is conducted on a global basis. In preparing for career opportunities in any area of business activity, students are well-served to incorporate study of the international character of business into their overall course of study.

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.

Discover additional global opportunities on the Olin Business School website.

The Gephardt Institute for Public Service works to share information so that effective practices about international service can be shared across the university.

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.

Learn more about international opportunities for public service on the Gephardt Institute’s website.

The purpose of the Global Diversity Overseas Seminar Program (GDOS) is to contribute to the broader conversation on campus about multiculturalism and inclusion, as well as nurture a globally educated staff and faculty who can share new knowledge and attitudes about difference and advantage/disadvantage with their colleagues, students and communities.

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.

Find out more about GDOS on their website.