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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 UN is a simulation of the UN General Assembly and other branches of the UN system.

Study Abroad

Explore other cultures, experience new perspectives, visit other countries.

Peace Corps Prep Program

The Peace Corps Prep Program gives students a competitive edge when applying for Peace Corps service.


An internship provides students with direct work experience.

WVU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships

Two International Studies students were awarded the nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship to further their language skills through immersive education. A critical language is one that is most in demand by the U.S. Government, so their understanding and fluency in these languages will make them strong candidates when joining the workforce. 

James Campbell will travel to Jordan this summer to learn Arabic! Felicia Carrara will travel to Kyrgyzstan to learn Russian! 


WVU students gain international perspective as Gilman Scholars

Six West Virginia University students will expand their horizons through study abroad experiences this spring, summer and fall after being awarded scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program.

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Madison Santmyer awarded the International Studies Outstanding Senior Award

Every year, the International Studies Program awards one graduating senior the Outstanding Senior award for excelling in the program academically and professionally. 

During Madison's time as a student, she studied abroad in Spain and participated in the Model UN trip to Germany, started a club and served as president for Women in Politics, served as president of the Student Government Association and on the WVU Board of Governors, tutored English, and advocated for students throughout the University. 

In addition to winning outstanding senior in International Studies, Madison was also awarded outstanding senior in her other major, Political Science, was awarded outstanding senior by the WVU foundation, and and was awarded the Order of Augusta. 

Following her internship with Senator Manchin this summer, Madison will continue to law school in DC! 



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