Study Abroad

Washington and Lee is committed to ensuring that "graduates will be prepared for life-long learning, personal achievement, responsible leadership, service to others, and engaged citizenship in a global and diverse society."  Approximately 70 percent of our students participate in an experience abroad during their time at Washington and Lee. This may be through a full term abroad, faculty led Spring Term abroad program, summer programs, international internships, international research opportunities, or service learning.

The Center for International Education is here to assist you in selecting a program that satisfies your personal and academic goals, preparing you for your experience abroad, and reflecting on your experience upon your return to campus.

Choosing a Program

Approval of particular study abroad programs will be based upon quality of instruction, range and appropriateness of curricular offerings, opportunities for cultural integration, and strength of administrative and structural support. Students should select from programs based on their academic interests and in consultation with faculty, advisers, and the Center for International Education.

Applying to Study Abroad

Before applying to a study abroad program or university, students must meet with the Study Abroad Advisor to discuss the application and approval process. Please contact Cindy Irby at to schedule an appointment.

Policies and Procedures

What you need to know before you go. Learn about eligibility requirements for study abroad, program and course approval, credit transfer, required languages, fees, financial aid and special rules for summer off-campus study.

Certificate of International Immersion

Students who show significant commitment to and understanding of global interaction may apply to have their experiences recognized with a Certificate of International Immersion, noted on the transcript and in the listing of honors at Commencement.