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International Scholars

If you are chosen to be part of the International Scholars Program at the College of Charleston, you will develop a clear and comprehensive understanding of global issues and international perspectives. You will feel comfortable moving between different cultures and languages, be committed to finding solutions to critical global issues and – most importantly – be willing to look at the world from a viewpoint different than your own.

To be an International Scholar at the College, you must first be admitted to the Honors College and then be invited and accepted into the William Aiken Fellows Society. You must meet all Honors College and Aiken Fellows requirements and demonstrate an intermediate-level language proficiency. Once you've been selected, you'll:

  • live in Honors College residence halls during your freshman year.
  • declare a major in International Studies and a second major that must be approved.
  • study abroad during the month of May at the end of your freshman year.
  • study/intern abroad during your junior/senior years.
  • meet regularly with an experienced mentor.

Traveling to India - International Scholars Program

Annsley Banks

Annsley Banks '18, a native of Fort Mill, South Carolina and a graduate of Nation Ford High School, is a double-major in Religious Studies and International Studies with a concentration in Asian Studies.

She is currently enrolled in the College of Charleston's Honors College and is involved in the College's Global Awareness Forum. Read more of Annsley's writings on the Global Awareness Blog.

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A day in the life

"This May, I had the indescribable experience of traveling to India as part of an International Scholar May Away. Our group of ten traveled to India to learn about the country’s history and culture through interaction and observation. However, I quickly realized that I was learning so much more than what the program detailed. With every experience and monument came so much more than the textbook knowledge.

I learned about dedication at the Taj Mahal, built as a promise between a husband and wife which took twenty-two years to complete. I learned about strength when I met the five women who run Sheroe’s Hangout, a café to support other survivors of acid attacks such as themselves. I learned about respect in the temples of northern India, where hushed tones and bare feet are expected and reverence is constantly given.

Mostly, I learned about the value of one’s culture. With every step I took and every glance I made, the culture and tradition of India was evident. The streets are mesmerizing as you walk them. Women walk past in brilliantly colored sarees, while vendors sell ceremonial flowers and sweet fruits. Here and there, cows pass by or simply lounge by the road, often painted with decorative patterns in bright reds and oranges. In the midday heat, clusters of men and boys played cricket enthusiastically. Most of all, people embraced their culture throughout everything they did, whether it was traditional or modern. I admire the people for their dedication to their culture and heritage, and I am truly thankful to have been able to experience that culture." - Annsley Banks