Special Programs

The intimate size, collegiate atmosphere, and innovative spirit of Ursinus faculty and students combine to create a number of unique opportunities for student achievement.

On-Campus Programs

Summer Fellows Program
Each summer a quarter to a third of the rising senior class spends two months on campus, each student working individually with a faculty mentor to complete an in-depth research project.  Students accepted into this prestigious program are given a stipend and housing accommodation for the summer.

Project Pericles
Ursinus College is a member of Project Pericles, a national organization of colleges and universities committed to make socially responsible and participatory citizenship an essential part of our educational program - in the classroom, on the campus, and in the community.

Project Pericles, which is named after the Athenian statesman credited with introducing democracy to the ancient world, was conceived in 1999 by Eugene M. Lang to address a national concern: the growing political cynicism and civic disengagement of young people. A retired businessman well-known for his philanthropic and innovative ventures in education, including the creation of the I Have a Dream Foundation, Lang was motivated by his belief that higher education should be the primary medium for revitalizing the legacy of Pericles.

Leadership Studies
Led by Dr. Houghton Kane, the Leadership Studies program offers Ursinus students the opportunity to develop their unique leadership skills.

International Studies Certificate 
The International Studies Certificate (ISC) is designed to complement a student’s major. The interdisciplinary nature of the certificate requires students to take a diverse set of courses in order to meet the goal of understanding nations, peoples, and issues. Students are also asked to have an independent learning experience that is international in scope. Students are required to take 28 credit hours, with no more than 8 credit hours taken from a single department or in the student’s major.

Off-Campus Programs

Center for International Programs (Study Abroad)
Many history majors choose to study abroad in order to fulfill their ILE. Approximately 200 Ursinus students study abroad each year, both in programs designed and run by the college and in programs sponsored by other institutions or consortiums. Ursinus students have studied abroad on every continent except Antarctica--in Europe, Asia, Africa, Central and South America.

Washington Semester
Washington Internship Initiative Ursinus enjoys an affiliation with the Washington Internship Institute (WII), an organization that provides intensive internship experiences and academic coursework within a thematic liberal arts framework. All participants select one of several areas of concentration, including Environmental and Sustainability Policy Studies, Global Health Policy Studies, Global Women’s Leadership Development, Inside Washington: Politics and Policy, and International and Foreign Policy Studies. This program gives qualified students the opportunity to work with people and resources in the nation’s capital so as to understand better the dynamics of American politics and policymaking.

Under the direction of WII faculty and staff, students participate in seminars with governmental officials, lobbyists, and media representatives; they secure an internship within a governmental office or non-governmental organization, political parties, interest groups, research organizations, or the media; and they complete a major research project on a current issue or policy problem. Candidates must apply to the College in order to be nominated to WII. Semester participants pay Ursinus tuition, room and fees (but not board) and their Ursinus financial aid travels. Summer participants pay tuition, room and fees directly to WII and pay for their own meals, but Ursinus aid does not travel. Interested students should contact Mrs. Carla Rinde (Career and Professional Development).

Howard Semester
This program allows Ursinus students to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C., under an exchange agreement between the two institutions. Students wishing to participate will normally do so for one semester in their junior year. Students will pay Howard’s tuition and fees.