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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.

Record number of WVU students receive Gilman Scholarships to study abroad

A record number of West Virginia University students have earned Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to participate in transformative study abroad programs.

Twenty undergraduate students received the competitive national award funded by the U.S. State Department to travel abroad without financial constraints.

“We are thrilled to have a record number of Gilman Scholars this year, breaking our previous record of 14 winners in 2018,” Cate Johnson, assistant director of the ASPIRE Office, said. “International travel is one of the most impactful learning experiences that an undergraduate student can engage in and it’s exciting that so many WVU students are taking advantage of the Gilman Scholarship to fund these important experiences abroad.”

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Three of the Gilman Scholarship recipients are International Studies students: Jordan Murray, Tim Bonnell, and Ariana Burks. 

WVU's Top Seniors Named, Eight Honored with 2022 Order of Augusta

"WVU's Order of Augusta and Outstanding Senior Award honors the University's most talented graduating seniors. Each of these students is exemplary in their own right – through their academic excellence, leadership and service. They will undoubtedly be forces for positive change in their local communities and the world."


Two WVU Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarship

Two  West Virginia University students passionate about learning a new language and immersing themselves in cultural experiences will travel abroad this summer as recipients of the highly competitive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship. 

The scholarship program seeks to expand the number of Americans studying languages that are essential for the United States’ engagement with the world. 

Ariana Burks and Matthew Kinzer, both West Virginia natives, will spend two months learning Arabic and Japanese, respectively. 

Critical Language Scholarship Winner Ariana Burks


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