Opportunities for First-Years

Are you planning on studying abroad somewhere other than Western Europe, Australia, or New Zealand?

Boren Scholarships provide up to $20,000 to U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The program focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security that includes not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including (but not limited to) sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness. While Boren typically funds only academic term and full-year programs, students in STEM fields can also receive funding for summer study abroad programs. In exchange for funding, recipients commit to working in the federal government for a minimum of one year.

Are you a Pell Grant recipient interested in studying abroad?

  • The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding to participate in study abroad and internship programs worldwide. This scholarship can potentially be used to cover a W&L spring term abroad course if the full four weeks are abroad.
  • The Foundation for Global Scholars offers Financial Need Scholarships for Pell Grant recipients.

Are you interested in studying abroad over the summer?

  • Critical Language Scholarship programs offer intensive overseas summer language institutes in Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Turkish, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.
  • The US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes for US Undergraduates provide the opportunity for US undergraduates), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the UK on a three, four, five or six week academic and cultural summer program.
  • The Virginia Program at Oxford is an interdisciplinary summer school program based in St. Anne's College, Oxford University. The six-week program, which is open to students of any major after their first year, examines the history and literature of Renaissance England. Students are drawn from a six-school consortium of small Virginia colleges and universities and earn three credits in history and three credits in English, which may be used to fulfill FDR requirements in literature and humanities and may also be applied toward a major in English, history, or Medieval and Renaissance studies. Some need-based financial aid is available.

Are you interested in studying Science (or any field) in Scotland next year?

The St Andrews-W&L Partnership program provides a study abroad experience in Scotland for students in the sciences and the pre-health professions, although students of any major are also eligible to study abroad at St Andrews. As part of this program, participating science students may enroll in specific science classes which will receive credit and a grade on a W&L transcript; additionally, premed students may elect to take part in a special premedical seminar offered by a member of the St. Andrews Medical Faculty which includes site visits to area hospitals and clinics.

Are you looking for other types of summer opportunities?

  • The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program at Howard University designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
  • Davis Projects for Peace is an invitation to undergraduate students to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer. The objective is to encourage and support today's motivated youth to create and try out their own ideas for building peace.

Are you interested in leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business?

The Kemper Scholar program prepares students for leadership and service, especially in the fields of administration and business. The program aims to promote education in the liberal arts while providing opportunities for career exploration, practical experience, and professional growth. Kemper Scholars receive scholarship financial assistance for three years (amount depends on demonstrated need) and summer project stipends for two years. More information about the Kemper Scholar program.

What else do you want to do?

There are lots of other opportunities, summer internships, scholarships, etc. for first-years of all majors! Check out the W&L Fellowships database to identify additional opportunities.