International Education

Today, everything is global. A disease in West Africa threatens lives in Texas. A song posted in Rio goes viral and becomes a world hit. A product invented in Virginia is manufactured in Vietnam, then sold in stores from Portland to Pakistan to Paraguay. 

Whatever you wear, drive or listen to is linked to the global economy. If you've never left home, you're still connected in a thousand ways to the larger world. At Roanoke, we want you to see and be part of that world. It will open your mind, broaden your perspectives, and get you ready for a future full of amazing global opportunities. 

On campus you'll meet students and professors from over 40 countries, be able to choose from more than 100 internationally themed classes, and attend a variety of global events.

If you want to travel and study abroad, you'll have opportunities through a number of college-led Intensive Learning Term (May Term) programs, as well as semester and year-long international exchanges with more than 50 schools around the world.

So many ways to study away

Maroon experiencing the Egyptian desert while traveling on a Camel

Study Abroad

We can arrange semester and year-long study abroad in over 50 countries through Roanoke-led, affiliate or exchange programs.

Students posing in a classic London phone booth

May Term

Every year, Roanoke professors host month-long experiential courses around the world. In May 2023, you can choose from Ireland and Britain, Austria and Hungary, Israel and the West Bank, Italy, Japan, Greece, and Spain.
Learn more.

Students posing in the mountains while on a service trip

Travel breaks

If you'd like to do something good while experiencing other people and places, we often host service trips during semester breaks in the United States and Latin America, where you can help with building and educational projects.  Recent brief service trips have included Guatemala, New Orleans, Nicaragua and Washington D.C. Learn more.

The world is calling you

Every year, Roanoke students take advantage of month- and semester-long study abroad programs to experience life in more than 50 countries.

A map of the world with each continent labeled, with lists of study abroad locations. Text reads "241 Maroons took advantage of study abroad for a semester or May Term this past year." There are 10 stick figures with eight in yellow and 2 in blue. There is a green circle with the number 241 in the middle. The list of study abroad locations in North America is Belize, Canada, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Mexico. The list of study abroad locations in South America is Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay. The list of study abroad locations in Europe is Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom. The list of study abroad locations in the Middle East is Egypt, Israel, United Arab Emirates, and Turkey. The list of study abroad locations in Africa is Botswana, Ghana, Morocco, and South Africa. The list of study abroad locations in Asia is Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The list of study abroad locations in Oceania is Australia, Fiji, New Zealanda, and Patau.

Wish you were here?

Check out photos of our students during their study overseas -- from Europe to Africa to New Zealand and everywhere in between. 

Every year, more than 200 Roanoke students take advantage of month- and semester-long study abroad programs to experience life in countries like Belize, India, Korea, Spain and South Africa.

This is how we do classes in May

Yucatan pyramid

Roanoke in the Yucatan

Roanoke is offering a faculty-led semester in the Yucatan—a unique opportunity for study abroad, service learning, internships, research and cultural immersion in Mexico. To learn more, click here.

students dressed up at oktoberfest in leipzig, germany

Roanoke in Leipzig

Roanoke is offering a faculty-led semester in Leipzig Germany - an exciting opportunity to spend a semester learning German politics, history, culture, and language. To learn more, click here.

Roanoke goes to the world

Maroons visiting the Eiffel Tower

Nikki Benedetto '13/France

"While in Paris, we learned the basics of promotions, but we also got to relate and compare to promotions in another culture and country. Seeing this difference in advertising between cultures really helped me think about advertising in a more broad perspective."

Maroon preparing te climb aboard a gondola in Perugia, Italy

Jessica Compton '15/Italy

"At Roanoke, I studied Italian simply because I thought it was a beautiful language, and it altered the course of my life. When I went to Perugia, Italy, I learned to be independent. Not only did I make lifelong friends and improve my language skills, but it changed my perspective and reinforced my sense of adventure."

Maroon poses for a picture in the beautiful Argentina

Griffin Pivarunas '16/Argentina

"Of course, my Spanish improved tremendously. What surprised me the most was how much I learned about myself. I realized taking risks should not be scary. Going, learning, experiencing, appreciating, analyzing, and embarrassing myself in a completely different culture has made me into a happier and fuller person."

The world comes to Roanoke

International Festival at Roanoke College

International Festival

Each spring, Roanoke College presents International Festival, featuring the sights, sounds, and tastes of countries around the world. Hundreds attend to see the display tables hosted by students, faculty, and staff representing our many countries and to enjoy international music, dance, and refreshments.

Maroons while on a trip to Monticello

International Club

The Roanoke College International Club emphasizes awareness of cultures throughout the world, providing a forum for international students, American students and faculty to come together. The international club sponsors the annual International Festival, as well as weekend field trips to Washington, D.C., and Charleston, S.C. The International Club also organizes day trips to local destinations, such as Monticello (home of Thomas Jefferson) and the University of Virginia.

Students in the Friendship Family Program posing for a picture together

Friendship Family Program

Through the Friendship Family Program, new international students have an opportunity to get to know a local American family who helps students when they first arrive, invites them to community events, and shares holiday meals with them. These local families become an important "home away from home" for our international students.

Turkish student giving a cultural presentation as a Global Ambassador

Global Ambassador

International students who would like to engage more in the local community and enjoy sharing their culture are encouraged to become a global ambassador. Through this program, students are offered the opportunity to give cultural presentations beyond the college campus.