Students from the social justice documentary program.
With a rich, interdisciplinary curriculum and expert, international faculty, the College prepares students—both in the classroom and through study abroad—to become global citizens.
Today’s increasingly global society requires citizens who can analyze intersectional identities, overlapping diasporas and the historical structures at play.
- The College offers majors and minors that equip students for international careers that contribute to the common good. Our Global Interdisciplinary Studies program offers seven area studies specializations, a Peace and Justice major and a Gender and Women's Studies major.
- Courses across every discipline—from history and literature, to social justice and social movements, to global ecology and ecosystems—explore international impacts.
- In addition to our unique Vatican Internship program, through the Communication department or the Computing Sciences department, we work with students to find and secure internships all over the world.
- Our faculty hail from nations all over the world including Argentina, Ghana, Israel, Japan, Spain and more.
The College offers several study abroad programs designed to prepare students for an ever-changing global workplace and allow them to connect with their disciplines and majors in exciting new ways. Through our partnerships with some of the world’s most respected universities, students will be able to earn college credit toward several majors and minors, and in some cases certificates in specific areas of study.
Some of these programs are not open this year due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
- Communications, Society and Marketing in the Italian Context (CoSMIC)
- French Language and Culture in Lille
- French Language and Politics at ESPOL
- Irish Studies in Galway
- Spanish Language and Culture in Cádiz
- WFI Internship: Vatican/UN in Communication
- WFI Internship: Vatican/UN in Computing Science
- French Language and Culture in Lille, France
- Irish Studies in Galway, Ireland
- Abbey Theatre Summer Studio in Dublin, Ireland
- Rhetoric and Performance in Greece
- Spanish Language and Literature in Cadiz, Spain
Learn more about study abroad opportunities through the Office of Education Aboard.
The College is committed to providing our students with exceptional international learning opportunities—going beyond the traditional semester study-abroad model. The College offers rich, relevant and participatory courses with embedded travel components. Recent and ongoing experiences include:
Traveling abroad enables student-filmmakers in the Social Documentary course with Hezekiah Lewis, MFA, to do authentic storytelling that draws attention to important issues and drives social change. A trip to Ghana inspired Sankofa, a documentary about mental slavery and its negative systemic impact on black males across the globe, which won the gold medal in the Documentary/Domestic Film Schools Category in the 2019 Student Academy Awards.
This course, led by Robert Curry, PhD, provides an introduction to environmental biology through study of the natural history of organisms and ecosystems of Maritime Canada. Lectures, readings and writing assignments are augmented by a multi-day trip to Nova Scotia with a focus on the exploration of diverse terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, identification of organisms and independent projects.
Writing Through Conflict explores the important role of creative writing in confronting, protesting and engaging with socio-political conflicts. As part of this course, students traveled to Belfast, Ireland to participate in an intensive creative writing conference at Queens University, engaged in daily writing workshops with Irish authors, took literary tours in Belfast, attended readings and creative writing symposiums, and revised and shared their work in a student showcase.
International Student Experience
The College cultivates an environment that welcomes and learns from international faculty and students. CLAS attracts undergraduate and graduate students from 50 countries around the world, and our international student and faculty population grows each year. International students will find a supportive and rich environment at Villanova.