Office of Special Programs

Washington and Lee University operates one of the most respected arrays of lifelong learning and educational tour programs in the nation. Many exciting trips and campus seminars await you in 2015-2016, adventures that will open a world of discovery for you and other W&L alumni, parents, and friends.

The best way to celebrate W&L's enduring commitment to lifelong learning is by experiencing it personally. You, too, can share in the life of the University with an educational adventure on campus or abroad. You'll find the companionship of exploring the world with compatible minds rewarding as well. As travelers, we delight in the history and culture of foreign lands, places wholly apart from the familiar customs and routines of our neighborhoods, places that open our eyes and all our senses to what is new and different, that rekindle the wonder of discovery and the good will that naturally comes with it.

The W&L campus is a shorter journey for most travelers. Through the Alumni College, we encourage you to satisfy your enduring curiosity about the world, to think with us about history, philosophy, literature, the arts and sciences, and current events. As always, the journey involves a lot of fun. At W&L, it begins with our delight in one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation, the traditional warmth of its hospitality, and the engaging expertise of the W&L faculty.

Many adventures await you in 2015-2016, the next chapter in a lifetime of learning. Please take a few minutes to read through this website--prepare yourself for some tough choices, both on campus and abroad! We look forward to welcoming you to a continuing exploration of our changing world.

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A Good Education Is, Above All, a Habit of Mind

Mark RushMy experience with the Alumni College on and off campus has been one of the highlights of my career and a wonderful aspect of working at Washington and Lee. Our programs are the envy of those at other institutions. This is due in part to the incredible spirit of learning, fellowship and camaraderie that animates our endeavors. It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the faculty of this great institution and to work with our students. It is an additional honor to be called to serve and work with alumni and friends of the university beyond our classrooms. In this respect, the Alumni College and all of our special programs embody the true spirit of liberal education: we make new friends and renew old acquaintances while pursuing new intellectual adventures and rediscovering the joy of learning. The spirit and warmth of the W&L community are manifest in all of our programs. The Alumni College embodies the best of university life, and it has enriched my years at the university. Here's to our next adventure!

— Mark Rush,  Stanley D. and Nikki Waxberg Professor of Politics and Law and Director of the Center for International Education