Thinking globally begins (and expands) on the hilltop.
At St. Edward’s, students are immersed in a vibrant, international learning environment. Here, every day is an opportunity to get to know someone who’s had a completely different life experience than your own.
Across the hilltop, you’ll mingle with students and faculty from more than 50 countries who contribute a wide range of cultures and languages to our campus. In and outside of the classroom, you’ll engage in thoughtful (and mind-opening) discussions on international topics. And you’ll take part in events, programs and gatherings that celebrate diversity and broaden your worldview.
In addition to studying abroad (which we highly encourage you to do), there are so many ways you’ll have an international experience at St. Edward’s. Take a look at how global learning happens daily on our campus.
Global Understanding Certificate
If you’re interested in an academic path that leads to international career options, the Global Understanding Certificate is a valuable credential to add to your diploma and résumé. This certification gives you the opportunity to understand, document and exhibit your skills in facilitating interactions between international organizations. You’ll complete a series of general education courses in which you learn, practice and demonstrate competence in global politics, economics and cultural elements. And you’ll develop intercultural communication and foreign language skills through an experience abroad.
St. Edward’s has a history of commitment to diversity and social justice. This commitment, expressed in our mission, is thoroughly explored in the Cultural Foundations sequence of courses. In these courses, you’ll grapple with the ethics of complex social issues from American and international perspectives through studies in history, literature, the social sciences, writing, the arts, and world issues and global processes.
Global Degree Programs
Every class you take at St. Edward’s is taught from a global perspective. From Global Studies and International Business to Environmental Science and Policy, St. Edward’s offers a broad range of degree programs for students to prepare themselves to excel in a global environment. Global Digital Classrooms bring together students and faculty from across the globe.
International Dual Degree Program
Students have the option to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from St. Edward’s University and a Bachelor of Arts in Asia Pacific Studies from our partner university, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan. Study in Austin your freshman and senior years, and Beppu your sophomore and junior years as you explore the social, political, cultural and economic changes shaping our world.
Global Business Capstone
As part of its MBA program, The Bill Munday School of Business offers a Global Business Capstone course that prepares future business leaders and entrepreneurs for a global market. The Capstone course takes students to another country for up to 10 days to experience and research its culture and economy. While there, they create and present a real business plan for a company.
LLCs, Student Organizations, Programs & Events
Living Learning Communities (LLCs)
Living Learning Communities match your living experience with your academic journey and give you the chance to explore and gain a deeper knowledge in your area of interest. LLC members live in the same residence hall and join together in dinners, discussions, special events and service. Our Global Engagement and Social Justice LLCs delve into timely international topics. Find out more about our LLCs.
Student organizations are a great way to connect with people, identify opportunities and discover a sense of community and common purpose. From the Asian American Association and African Student Organization, to the Chinese, German and French clubs, to GlobeMed and Latinitas U, there are more than 130 student organizations at St. Edward’s, many focused on multicultural themes.
For students looking for insights on an exchange program, Toppers Abroad connects them with a mentor who has had an exchange experience. The organization also welcomes incoming exchange students and hosts events for incoming, outgoing and future exchange students to get to know one another. Check out all of our student orgs.
There’s no shortage of global events on the hilltop. International Education Week gives students a chance to attend presentations on courses taught around the world, and learn about experiential learning opportunities abroad. The week offers plenty of fun, too, with an Around-the-World Dinner and Party, an International Trivia Night, and a festive Global Marketplace.
Throughout the year, social mixers are held for incoming and outgoing exchange students, as well as international food-tasting parties. Other events include Ballet Folklorico performances, the Hindu festival of Diwali and weekly InternationaliTEA gatherings, where students discuss cultural topics over tea. View upcoming events.
Kozmetsky Center Programs
The Kozmetsky Center at St. Edward’s initiates and expands dialogue about global issues. The center brings international experts to Austin to lecture and teach about a range of topics, from environmental activism in developing countries to the rise of the Muslim middle class to worldwide peace and security for women. Learn about the center’s important work.
Global Digital Classrooms
Classrooms and lecture halls on the hilltop expand far beyond four walls. They can connect real-time with classes and guest speakers in Hong Kong, Spain, Australia and elsewhere in the world. Nearly every classroom on campus provides high-quality videoconferencing and recording, with larger lecture halls featuring high-definition displays.
Our advanced technologies bring faculty, students and others in international locations together for a wide range of learning opportunities. These virtual interactions enhance collaboration in classroom meetings, project groups and special events, such as guest lectures and international forums. Videoconferences can be recorded and archived for ongoing reference.
Get more information on our global digital classrooms and scheduling a videoconferencing class or event.
International Education Week Celebrates Cultural Exchange
On the hilltop, we caught up with Celestina Macareno at International Education Week’s Global Marketplace to hear about her career-boosting study abroad experience in Japan. Here’s what she learned.