Wake Forest earns national recognition for global campus commitment

Wake Forest University has been recognized by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Diversity Abroad for increasing access to global experiences for all students. Photo of globe on a desk

The University ranked fourth among doctoral U.S. colleges and universities in the percentage of students studying abroad, according to the Open Doors 2020 report published today by IIE. Nearly 81% of Wake Forest undergraduates received credit for study abroad in the 2018-2019 academic year – shattering a goal set in 2014 to have 75% of students studying abroad before the end of 2020.

New this year, the University has also earned a “Gold Seal of Inclusive Excellence” from Diversity Abroad. The seal is awarded based on a global equity and inclusion assessment that looks at support for underrepresented students to study abroad among participating higher education institutions.

During this time when travel is severely restricted, international experiences are happening virtually. Wake Forest academic partners in Denmark and Sweden are supporting Wake Forest faculty members at home who want to integrate global perspectives into the classroom by offering guest lectures, panel discussions and virtual field studies. Faculty partners teaching in Wake Forest’s study abroad programs have created opportunities for remote study abroad to keep students engaged globally. For more information, contact the Center for Global Programs and Studies at 336.758.5938.

A story highlighting Wake Forest’s global campus commitment can be found on the University news site.

As a reminder, International Education Week (IEW) began today and runs through Friday, Nov. 20. The Center for Global Programs and Studies and co-sponsors invite the Wake Forest community to participate in a wide variety of events this week to celebrate. Co-sponsors include the Intercultural Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Museum of Anthropology, Campus Recreation and the University Counseling Center.