International experience is viewed as an important part of a comprehensive Washington and Lee education. W&L offers a range of overseas study options supported by the resources necessary to ensure a suitable international experience for any student.
Many students choose to participate in one of W&L's numerous spring term abroad courses, which allow students to get an up-close, intensive, and personal experience of the subject matter on-site with a W&L faculty member during the 4-week spring term. Offerings in recent years have included Drawing Italy in Rome, Spoleto, Cortona, Florence and Venice; Science and Art in the Netherlands; The Market and Media in China; Regional Geology of New Zealand; Japanese Language and Culture in Kanazawa, Japan; British Politics in London and the Spring Institute for Global Studies in India.
For students interested in longer courses of international study, W&L works to maintain strong, ongoing relationships with approved programs and universities abroad, including agreements with the following international universities:
Washington and Lee's Center for International Education works with students individually to identify programs appropriate to their academic and personal interests.
For students interested in domestic exchange opportunities, W&L participates with Hampden-Sydney, Mary Baldwin, Randolph-Macon, Randolph, Sweet Briar College and Hollins University in the Seven-College Exchange. The program is designed primarily for juniors.
Washington and Lee also has exchange agreements with Bates College in Lewiston, Maine; Morehouse College and Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia; and the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia.