When violence spilled into their hometown in Chihuahua, Mexico, Evan King '17 and his mom knew they had to leave. All along the Texas-Mexico border, gang and drug-related violence had steadily increased since 2006. King's mother worked three jobs to pay her children's school fees and to keep food on the table, and a brief move to another town provided neither safety nor better work.
"I had the opportunity to do research abroad on climate change in Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. I learned how important global experiences, language and a respect for different cultures is to the business world. I have a passion for the environment and green energy, and I hope someday to combine my business background and work in the environmental field."
Nicholas Falcone '18
Study abroad affords William & Mary students opportunities to enhance coursework, develop new intellectual interests, and build intercultural communication skills and international connections.
International students bring diverse perspectives to our campus community, help to provide a globally relevant education right here in Williamsburg, and strengthen our profile globally.
To assist our students in pursuing transformative study abroad experiences and to attract exceptional students from around the world, we seek an infusion of private resources.
Study Abroad Scholarships
William & Mary has one of the highest rates of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs among public universities – currently 51 percent – with students traveling to more than 65 countries annually. Our goal is to increase this to 60 percent by 2018. Scholarships will make the critical difference in enabling our students to pursue their passions around the globe and provide opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.
William & Mary has one of the highest rates of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs among public universities – currently 51 percent – with students traveling to more than 65 countries annually. Our goal is to increase this to 60 percent by 2018. On average, 30 percent of students who study abroad during the academic year and 33 percent who study abroad during the summer are afforded the opportunity to do so through need-based scholarships. Scholarships will make the critical difference in enabling our students to pursue their passions around the globe and provide opportunities for intellectual and personal growth.
International Student Scholarships
William & Mary seeks to attract the best and brightest from around the world. Our international student community includes talented students from over 64 countries who make immeasurable contributions to our academic excellence and strengthen William & Mary’s global network. To elevate William & Mary as a choice for undergraduate and graduate students who may not otherwise be able to afford the opportunity to attend, we seek funding for international scholarships.
International Research Fellowships
William & Mary students with a passion for solving global challenges have the opportunity to work with our world-renowned research center, the Global Research Institute, which includes AidData, a research lab dedicated to making foreign aid more transparent. We seek support for AidData Summer Fellowships for undergraduates to obtain vital experience in conducting collaborative research with developing-country leaders. Likewise, support for the Global Research Institute's Post-Graduate Fellowships will fuel the career development of future leaders in international relations.
William & Mary has the highest percentage of undergraduates participating in study abroad programs compared to any other public university in the United States, according to a report released Nov. 13 by the Institute of International Education (IIE).
The Hixon Family Scholarship Endowment will provide undergraduate scholarships for students who are residents of African countries. The scholarship covers tuition, board, room, fees and travel. The gift also includes an enrichment endowment for internships, study abroad, honors research and summer courses for international students.
Mellon Foundation grant supports inclusiveness in undergraduate research; Hewlett Foundation gives $1.5 million to support AidData