From exploring volcanos and running with the bulls to gaining international business experience, Ursinus students take their passion for discovery across borders by fully immersing themselves in different cultures.
While the majority of Ursinus students pursue academic coursework in an international context, increasingly they are plunging headfirst into internships, service learning, or in-depth research.
In addition to studying with other programs, Ursinus faculty lead special programs for Ursinus students.
Short-term faculty led programs included a summer study in Japan and winter study in Costa Rica, which took students to various sites of biological interest for classroom study, field work and research.
According to the Ursinus Center for International Programs, about 25 percent of Ursinus students study abroad by the time they graduate. Contrary to the national trend, however, most Ursinus students immerse themselves for a full semester rather than a short 3-to-6-week stint. Most study in Western Europe and English-speaking countries, however, more and more students are studying in non-traditional destinations including Latin America, Africa and Asia. Many undertake formal internships or participate in service learning programs to which they dedicate 16 or more hours per week working in organizations in the public or private sector. Ursinus students have worked abroad in the British Parliament, Spanish schools, non-governmental organizations in Europe and Africa, agencies and companies in Australia, and more.