Become a World Scholar

Welcome to the World Stage

Launched in fall 2015, the University of Delaware World Scholars Program is an innovative program for select, high-achieving undergraduate students wishing to become educated as global citizens. Choosing from a wide range of majors, World Scholars are supported in their studies with internationally-focused academics, experiences, and opportunities that will prepare them to live and work anywhere in the world.

UD World Scholars spend their four years of scholarship immersed in global experiences, beginning with their first semester as freshmen studying at a World Scholar site in Rome or Madrid. The Program continues with a perfect combination of classic and international experiences, including choice of a globally-focused minor, an on-campus living and learning community, a second study abroad with an internship or community service in junior year, language offerings, a senior symposium, and myriad networking opportunities.

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 additional freshman sites in Asia, Oceania, and more. We invite curious minds to explore Delaware and the world as UD World Scholars.

Application and Selection Process

The World Scholars program is by invitation only. Due to course requirements and sequencing, only certain disciplines are eligible to participate in the program. Applicants will be asked to complete two essays for consideration.

Please note you must be admitted to the University of Delaware to be considered. Applicants will be notified of a decision throughout April.

World Scholars Application



As a UD World Scholar, you will begin your college career abroad in a major European city. You may choose to study in Rome, Italy at John Cabot University, or Madrid, Spain at Saint Louis University. Both UD World Scholar sites have been selected for their academic rigor and coursework taught in English, American style amenities, residential living opportunities, and the quality of advising and support services that will ensure a successful start to your college career.

To support your success while abroad, you will have a team of experts, including academic advisors, career counselors, health and wellness professionals and Student Life staff, ready to assist you. During your first semester, you will enroll in 15-17 academic credits, and will be enrolled in an Introduction to World Politics course. You may choose from a variety of courses, spanning humanities, business, social sciences and the arts, that meet UD graduation requirements. Weekends and evenings offer time for activities like club sports, theatre, music and community service. Students also find our European sites to be perfect home bases for travel in country and across borders.


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.


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.


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.

What current World Scholars have to say

Summary of my semester abroad as a #UDWorldScholar: 118 days, 6 countries, 11 bucket list items, countless memories, and a 4.0 GPA 😊✈️

Hailey Zirkle @BlueHenHailey UD Madrid World Scholar

Summary of my semester abroad as a #UDWorldScholar: 118 days, 6 countries, 11 bucket list items, countless memories, and a 4.0 GPA 😊✈️

Hailey Zirkle @BlueHenHailey UD Madrid World Scholar

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.

Program Costs & Financing

  Delaware Resident Out-of-State-Residents
Tuition* $5,935 $15,930
Program Fee $8,300 $8,300
Total Cost for Program** $14,235 $24,230


The chart represents costs for the fall semester only. Please see estimated spring costs in your Personal Financial Aid and Enrollment Guide. All Federal, State and UD Scholarships will be available. 

Click here for more information about financing your degree.

*Subject to UD Board of Trustees approval in July.
**Does not include airfare.

Checklist for Admitted World Scholar Students


All admitted World Scholars must have a valid Passport by May 1. Immediately upon placing your deposit with the University of Delaware, please complete the steps outlined in the checklists below. Failure to meet deadlines may jeopardize your ability to receive a student visa in time.


Rome Checklist

Madrid Checklist

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