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Cathy Wang '15 W&L Winter Term Abroad Cathy Wang '15 at University College, London

"I sincerely believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, and to experience everything that the world has to offer."

In the short five months that I have spent in London, I have fallen truly madly deeply in love with the city. Samuel Johnson said it best, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” This is a city full of life, and the possibilities are truly endless. It seems as if each day I discover more to do and more to experience.

During my time abroad, I also realized something—being able to travel is truly a privilege. Far too often, I have walked past elderly people begging on the streets, women with children calling out for help. Sometimes I wonder: what could I have done with the money that I have spent on my travels that could have helped these people that I pass by every day? For now, I can only cling on the hope that I shall be able to help them out at some point in the future, with everything that I have learned while on exchange.

So, it is with a grateful heart and fond eyes that I look back to my experience abroad. Thanks to my time in London, I had the chance to watch West End shows, cultivate my passion for photography, improve my dancing skills, enjoy afternoon tea and scones, travel to various countries in Europe, and above all, establish life-long friendships. I sincerely believe that everyone should have the same opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, and to experience everything that the world has to offer.

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Lexington, Virginia, is a warm, welcoming and historic college town located in the Great Valley of Virginia. Yet Washington and Lee maintains a vibrant multicultural community, with global opportunities reaching far beyond the campus' borders.

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Lexington, Virginia, is a warm, welcoming and historic college town located in the Great Valley of Virginia between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Yet Washington and Lee maintains a vibrant multicultural community, with global opportunities reaching far beyond the campus' borders.

Students at Washington and Lee are encouraged to study abroad, whether it be for a year, a semester or a four-week, faculty-led Spring Term course. Some students seek out international programs for summer experiences and can find funding through Johnson Opportunity Grants or other institutional aid. Over 60 percent of our students study abroad at some point in their undergraduate experience, and students who show significant commitment to global interaction may apply to have their experiences recognized with a Certificate of International Immersion.

W&L's commitment to global learning extends to the faculty as well. Professors are encouraged to integrate international experiences and perspectives in their teaching and research. International students, scholars and performers bring new cultural perspectives to campus, while partnerships with a number of universities and programs abroad provide both students and faculty with valuable research opportunities.

In 2014, the University broke ground on the Center for Global Learning, a 26,000-square-foot facility that will house several language departments, classrooms, instructional labs and public spaces that will encourage student and faculty interaction.

Outside the classroom, students can to apply to live in one of two international theme houses and join a number of globally minded student organizations, which plan events and bring together students interested in a global undergraduate experience throughout the year.

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At a Glance Facts and Figures

Over 60% of the class of 2013 participated in an international experience during their  four years at W&L.
Last year, students studied, interned, did research or volunteered in 45 different countries.
W&L broke ground on the $13.5 million Center for Global Learning in 2014.
W&L students hail from 38 countries.
W&L offers 15-20 Spring Term Abroad courses offered annually.
W&L received $796 thousand in grant funds to support the development of new programs and projects in international education.

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