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One Fulbright Scholar. Six Boren Scholars. Two Critical Language Scholars. Three Order of Augusta inductees. And those are just a few of our recent graduates. What will you achieve as an international studies major? 

Opportunities for International Studies Majors

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other branches of the UN system. In Model UN, students assume the role of ambassadors from UN member states to debate current issues on the organization’s agenda.

Study Abroad

Explore other cultures, experience new perspectives, visit other countries. Reach out into the world and bring back knowledge and experiences to build the career of your dreams.

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep program builds competencies and integrates coursework with hands-on experience and professional development. Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate from the Peace Corps—and a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.


An internship experience can enhance the international studies major by providing direct experience working in the foreign affairs bureaucracy, international business or an international or non-governmental organization in either the United States or abroad

Three WVU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

A desire to make a difference in the world along with their linguistic skills helped three  West Virginia University students win Critical Language Scholarships from the U.S. Department of State.

The Critical Language Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious program that provides a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, the scholarships provide opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.

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Scholarship recipients

Six international studies students receive Boren Scholarships

A record number of WVU students have been awarded the prestigious Boren Scholarship, enabling them to study languages in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests. Of the seven students to receive the Boren Scholarship, six are international studies majors. 

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International studies student awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad

Colin Lopez, a May 2017 international studies graduate, was named a recipient of the 2017 Fulbright Scholarship. He plans to conduct research on access to healthcare in Amman, Jordan. Last year, Lopez spent nine months learning Arabic in Amman, where he worked as an intern for the United Nations Refugee Agency and shadowed physicians at the Jordan Health Aid Society. There, he became concerned about the distribution and availability of healthcare. He applied for the Fulbright in hopes of returning to address the issue. 

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Colin Lopez


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