International Scholars

The International Scholars Program at the College of Charleston is a joint initiative of the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs, the International Studies Program, and the Honors College. The Program’s goal is for participants to develop a clear and comprehensive understanding of global issues and international perspectives. We seek students who are willing to look at the world through a different viewpoint and are committed to finding solutions to critical global issues.

Each academic year, the program recruits approximately ten students. 

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To be an International Scholar, you must first be admitted to the Honors College. You must meet all Honors College requirements and demonstrate an intermediate-level language proficiency.    

International Scholar students must double major, with one major in International Studies. The second major is the student’s choice, however, the major must be approved by the Program Director. International Scholars students are also required to be members of the Honors College Charleston Fellows.  

International Scholars Experience

If you are selected, you’ll:

  • Be a part of a cohort with like-minded students.  chinagroup.png
  • Learn to be comfortable moving between different cultures and languages.
  • Take HONS 173 (Introduction to International Studies) with your academic year cohort. 
  • Study abroad during the month of May at the end of your freshman year (May Away).
  • Participate in a Colloquium series twice a semester with all International Scholars.
  • Study or intern abroad during your junior and/or senior year(s).
  • Receive four years of academic mentoring from the Program Director.
  • Be assigned an experienced Career Mentor
  • Have access to a LinkedIn group of past and current International Scholars students and advisory board members.

What draws students to join the Program

Andrea KimpsonAndrea Kimpson, 23' shares her reasoning for choosing CofC and the International Scholars Program and talks about what she hopes to gain from being an International Scholar.  Andrea is a native of Columbia, South Carolina who is majoring in International Studies, with a concentration in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Economics, and minoring in Political Science. 

I chose the College of Charleston because of the International Scholars Program (ISP). Before learning about the program, I genuinely did not know about the strength of the International Studies major and the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. The opportunity to become proficient in a language, study abroad at least once, and concentrate in a particular region were all things I looked for in a program, and CofC had everything. Further, the major and School of LCWA set itself apart from other schools I considered because it had a dedicated team of faculty and staff who were (and still are) invested in student success from day one. At no other institution did I have professors recommending different classes or areas of study before I even submitted a deposit. It was important to me to be more than just a number and to have a chance to interact and learn from passionate and dedicated professors. The benefits of the ISP took everything to the next level. I was looking for programs that would offer mentorship and study abroad opportunities. Learning that I would be paired with a career mentor in my sophomore year was exactly the structure that I felt would benefit me as a student and as a future professional. The study abroad opportunity offered in the summer after freshman year was also incredible. As someone who has been out of the country once, I really wanted to take every opportunity to see other parts of the world. Many of the schools I considered did not permit students to study abroad until their junior year, making ISP and CofC an incredible exception.

As an International Scholar I hope to gain opportunities to broaden my perspective and pursue intellectual curiosities. The International Studies major truly exemplifies an “interdisciplinary education,” but ISP takes this a step further and pulls together students of all majors and interests to discuss and learn from one another. Through our colloquium series, I have had the opportunity to learn about international issues outside of my wheelhouse, bolstered by the expertise of faculty and students that I would have infrequently interacted with because we are on different academic tracks. This has broadened my perspective as I have had unparalleled opportunities to seek out different perspectives and add them to the ways in which I can interpret the world. One of my favorite things about this Program is how flexible it is. Given that we are required to double major, I have had the opportunity to take a variety of classes and participate in extracurricular activities that have helped me not only discover my second major but also discover interests outside of the academic world. Pursuing intellectual curiosities in this manner is something I have greatly valued as it has helped me better understand my own passions, without sacrificing academic progress. I am confident that broadening my perspective and pursuing intellectual curiosities while at CofC will serve me well after my four years. The benefits of this program will help me develop a life-long love of experiential, discussion-based, and interdisciplinary learning. Additionally, the new interests I have gained through the flexibility of the program will stick with me going forward.