School of World Studies

The School of World Studies is the intellectual and instructional center of international activities at VCU, and a major contributor to the study of the humanities at the university. The School encompasses disciplines which define what it means to be human - our ability to communicate (world languages), to build communities with distinct cultural practices (anthropology), to understand and interact with people/ideas different from our own (international studies), and to explore our place in the cosmos (religious studies). 

While exploring differences among cultures, languages, and belief systems, we also seek to find what we as humans have in common and to examine and celebrate the different contexts in which that humanity is expressed.  

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Powell-Edwards Lecture Series



New SWS Scholarship Forms Available!

Gain work experience in an area related to your major and learn new skills, cultures and world views. 

Student Research Conference
Students from all disciplines have opportunity to present on any topic related to anthropology, world cultures, languages, and/or religious studies. 

Foreign Language Conversation Group
Conversation groups are held weekly for those looking to improve their conversation skills. Open to all skill levels.  

Spanish Language and Cultural Competence
Training programs, workshops, seminars, and presentations designed to introduce professionals 

Education Abroad at VCU
Make the World your classroom and earn academic credit.  

Links to VCU Jobs website and information on WS teaching positions.

Study Abroad

Studying in a foreign country can be one of the most enriching and rewarding of all college experiences. Choosing the right program is essential in order to optimize your possibilities and minimize complications. Students often do not realize the full pallette of choices available to them for choosing a credit-bearing study abroad program. When you study abroad, you can improve fluency skills in a foreign language, create a lifelong connection with another country, better understand your field of study, and gain a new appreciation for your home country. Don't deny yourself the opportunity to see the world and make it your classroom this summer. Earn academic credit and enjoy an awesome experience, too!

To learn how study abroad fits within your SWS major, please see an advisor in SWS Academic Advising and visit the Education Abroad Office at VCU.

Faculty led study abroad