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Welcome to the World Stage

Launched in fall 2015, the University of Delaware World Scholars Program is an innovative program for selected, high-achieving undergraduate students wishing to become educated as global citizens. Supplementing students' undergraduate degree program of choice, the program provides learning environments and opportunities that foster cross-cultural understanding, an appreciation for global community, and richer understanding of foreign affairs issues.

UD World Scholars spend their four years of scholarship immersed in global experiences, including multiple study abroad programs, language study, specialized coursework, living-learning environments, internship or research, and interactions with key individuals on the global stage.

World Scholars enjoy engagement with visiting foreign dignitaries and diplomats, and earn a spot in UD's global community of international students and scholars. Scholars receive guidance and mentorship in pursuing opportunities with the world-renowned U.S. Fulbright Commission, Peace Corps, and multinational corporations, as well as international scholarships for post-graduate study or exploration.

Over the course of the next five years, UD's World Scholars Program will expand to include institutions in five other countries, chosen for their relationship with UD and their American structure.

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Criteria for Admission

The World Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students admitted to the University in select majors and with strong academic profiles receive an invitation to apply for one of 100 spots in the program.

Due to course requirements and sequencing, only certain disciplines are eligible for admission to the World Scholars Program.

Four-Year Experience

The World Scholars Program is an inclusive four-year experience that will culminate in recognition for your achievement at Commencement. Scroll through the slideshow for just a few of the highlights each year.

Freshman year

Your first semester you will study in Rome, Italy or Madrid, Spain. The second semester on UD's campus in Newark, you will be co-enrolled in an exclusive First Year Seminar with freshmen from across the globe. You'll continue your global immersion through coursework including an intercultural seminar.

Sophomore Year

In your sophomore year, you will reside alongside international students in a living and learning community focused on intercultural understanding and building global competencies. Faculty, fellows, upper-class mentors, and career counselors will provide programs and resources focused on careers in foreign service, the Peace Corps, diplomacy, international business, and more.

Junior Year

In the spring semester of junior year, Scholars study abroad for a second time. This experience may consist of academic courses, an internship, service learning, research project, or combination of these.

Senior Year

Scholars will co-enroll in a senior capstone course focusing on some of the most challenging global issues of our time. Students may opt to complete a thesis and present it at a UD World Scholars Symposium in the spring.

Members of the UD Fulbright Society and the Institute for Global Studies will mentor Scholars in submitting an application to the U.S. Fulbright Student Program for post-graduate research, study, or teaching abroad.

Why choose Delaware for your global education?

The University of Delaware is a pioneer in providing global opportunities for students—it was the first university in America to launch a Study Abroad program, in 1923, and continues to be a leader in educating informed, skilled, open-minded citizens of the world. One-third of our undergraduates study abroad in more than 70 programs on six continents. UD students hail from all 50 states and 100+ foreign countries. And we offer 12 foreign languages and 150+ majors and minors, including the recently launched Global Studies Minor.

UD is one of only five U.S. universities and colleges to receive NAFSA's 2015 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. These prestigious awards recognize outstanding and innovative achievements in campus internationalization.

Located at the center of the East Coast, UD is well positioned to offer a global perspective. Among our community of leaders and alumni are 150+ Fulbright Scholars, peace corps volunteers, ministers of foreign governments, international entrepreneurs, and U.S. Vice President and former chair of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joseph Biden.

Learn More

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