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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.

Four WVU students awarded Critical Language Scholarships in 2021

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.

Four side by side images of the scholarship recipients

Three WVU students to pursue global education through Gilman Scholarship

The Gilman Scholarship enables students to gain skills that are critical to the country’s national security and economic prosperity while gaining an enriching cultural and career-building experience. 

Nikki Cannon, Jordan Means and Joy Pauley are WVU's 2021 Gilman Scholars.

International Studies graduate heads to Mexico after winning Fulbright Scholarship

Experiences in undergraduate research and cultural exchange begun during their time at West Virginia University have changed the trajectory of two recent WVU graduates’ futures. Christina White is one of the two students who will be representing the University during the scholarship experience. White enjoys making connections across cultures and languages, something White believes is invaluable when trying to develop trust in healthcare settings between patients and medical providers. While at WVU, White volunteered as an English as a Second Language teacher, an experience that served to further emphasize the importance of understanding and empathy. She will continue this work this year in Mexico.
Christina white, Fullbright winner


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