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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.

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WFU wins NAFSA award for excellence in international education

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Wake Forest University is among eight colleges and universities who will receive NAFSA’s 2015 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization for excellence in international education.

Wake Forest and two other schools — Rice University and Virginia Commonwealth University, received the Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for specific international programs or initiatives that contribute to comprehensive internationalization.

Mount Holyoke College, North Central College, University of Delaware, University of San Diego, and the University of Virginia received the 2015 Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

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Francis selected to attend study abroad summit

20101109francis0003Jessica Francis, assistant director, study abroad, has been selected to attend the Diversity Abroad Future Leaders Summit on March 30 in San Diego.

Francis is one of 20 future leaders who will participate in a full-day, hands-on workshop led by experts in the field of international education. Fully funded by Diversity Abroad and CIEE, the Summit will allow participants to learn concrete ideas for driving change at their home institutions while enjoying an opportunity to share best practices.

Francis was nominated based on her work at in supporting diverse student populations throughout the study abroad process.

Last year, Wake Forest University was awarded an  IIE Andrew Heiskell Award for Innovation in International Education in recognition of its Magnolia Abroad Access Program (MAAP) for study abroad. The Institute of International Education (IIE) awards honor the most outstanding initiatives in international higher education among its 1,100 member institutions.

MAAP is a collaboration between Wake Forest’s Center for International Studies and the University’s Magnolia Scholars Program for first-generation college students.

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The Center for International Studies changes name, broadens role

2013 KBergman MoroccoTo recognize a pivotal moment for international education at Wake Forest, the Center for International Studies (CIS) is becoming the Center for Global Programs and Studies (GPS).

“It’s time to both celebrate past successes and look forward to the future,” says Kline Harrison, associate provost of global affairs. “Our name change reflects a broader role as Wake Forest continues to build a community where international study and understanding are priorities.”

One of the University’s goals is to ensure that every student has opportunities throughout their four years of college to develop an awareness of and appreciation for world cultures, Harrison says. “Whether a student has traveled extensively or has yet to go abroad, global attitudes and mindsets can be incorporated into classroom and campus programming to facilitate intercultural understanding. Our team is looking forward to working with partners campus-wide to advance a more global culture.”

The Center for Global Programs and Studies aspires to…

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