Center for Global Programs

(Photo above: WAU Model United Nations students in front of the Embassy of the State of Libya)

At the Honors College we believe that meaningful international learning and service opportunities are an important part of an excellent university education. That’s why we created the Center for Global Programs (CGP) where we facilitate transformative international learning options for students. We’re lucky because our university is located just minutes from downtown Washington, DC, one of the most important global cities in the world. We take advantage of that, and you can too.

OUR GOAL: The Center for Global Engagement has one main goal: to prepare students to become not only global thinkers, but also effective global citizens, aware of the many interconnections that shape the world we live in. To do this we:

Honors College students and staff with the Norwegian Ambassador to the United States during a conference at his residence. Spring 2020.
    • develop intercultural skills by providing international experiences for our students
    • serve as a hub of collaboration across academic disciplines and with local partners to transform the teaching, learning, scholarship, leadership, and service opportunities on campus
    • partner with campus and off-campus stakeholders to develop activities and events that enable broader global awareness and engagement

INITIATIVES: Here are some of the specific initiatives we have that help us meet these goals. See which ones might benefit you:

    • Model United Nations — an academic simulation program based on the work of the United Nations.
    • Study-on-Location at Newbold College of Higher Education — study opportunities in England each year.
    • Adventist Colleges Abroad (ACA) — options to study overseas in a number of countries.
    • Gateway DC — a program designed to take advantage of the international opportunities that exist in Washington, DC, our nation’s capital.
    • Global Cafe — informal meetings on campus (often involving coffee or tea) where students can talk with local leaders who are working on international issues.

PARTNERS: Our students use our access to international organizations to their advantage. Rather than just reading about international events and policies, we participate in them — attending conferences, lectures, media-briefings, policy discussions, and more. Because we have relationship with some of the most well-known organizations in DC, you will be able to attend events at places such as:

Below are photos from some of our international events.

Honors College students Jonathan Beebe and Jenna Lettsome (in foreground) listen to a presentation on Arctic Security at an Atlantic Council event at the residence of the Norwegian Ambassador.
Students meet with members of the Embassy of the State of Libya.
Student leaders at the CAPITALMUN 2020 Conference.
Honors College attending a event at the Atlantic Council with U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien
Honors College attending an event at the Brookings Institution on the topic of economic development in Africa.
Honors College Associate Director Dr. Jonathan Scriven at The Hague International Model United Nations conference in January 2020.