Journey, Study, Connect Through Global Education

At any given moment, Franklin & Marshall students can be found on any of six continents around the world, pursuing study and research projects, honing their language skills, and acquiring the cultural knowledge and understanding necessary, as the College says in our mission statement, "to live fulfilling lives and contribute meaningfully to their occupations, their communities, and their world."

A liberal arts education has always served to open minds and hearts to the wider world, but today that reach is truly global.  Franklin & Marshall offers our students many opportunities to expand their horizons internationally and to make important global connections.

Our commitment to this global perspective is reflected in our curriculum, in our commitment to off-campus study, and also in the 13 percent of our student body who come from abroad to study here in the U.S. 

From the European, Middle Eastern, and Asian languages that we teach, the international and area studies minors we offer, to the many study abroad opportunities we provide, we invite students to extend the classroom far beyond the campus. We encourage them to take up the challenge of living and learning as global citizens.

Our focus on global education recognizes that, no matter where life takes students after Franklin & Marshall, they will be working and living with people with vastly different ways of perceiving our world. A global education helps students begin to understand how to negotiate these differences, strengthening abilities to successfully live and work in our increasingly global society.

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Trip to Russia Teaches F&M Students About Country's Culture, History 

An intimate group of less than a dozen F&M students learned about everyday life in Russia during a two-week trip to historic sites in the cities of St. Petersburg, Moscow and Vladimir. 

"I learned a great deal about the importance of Russian history -- especially the Soviet Union -- in Russian culture ... . Despite the fact that the Soviet Union fell, it seemed to have a brooding presence in Moscow with all of the statues and symbols on buildings and in parks."

—Gabrielle Ferry

From Africa to Lancaster, Students Develop Community

Sixteen students traveled to South Africa, broadening their perspectives and deepening the College's impact abroad. Through a community-based learning class, the students worked with an internship program that helps community leaders.

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A Post-graduate Year in Germany

During his senior year, Phil Ehrig received an award through the Fulbright program to travel for a post-graduate year to Germany, where he worked as an English teaching assistant in German schools. 

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Archaeology in Tuscany

Every summer, a group of Franklin & Marshall students participates in an archaeological dig at the Poggio Colla Field School, benefitting from hands-on study while excavating an Etruscan site in Tuscany.  

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International and
​Off-Campus Study 

No matter where life takes students after Franklin & Marshall, we know they will be working and living with people with vastly different ways of perceiving our world. Off-campus study helps students begin to understand how to negotiate these differences, strengthening students' abilities to live and work successfully in our increasingly global society.

Off-campus study is just one of the ways students pursue a global education at Franklin & Marshall. It's not a term away.  It's an encounter seamlessly woven through the student's educational experience before, during, and after the time spent off campus.


The College offers its own programs in England, France, and Italy, summer travel courses to Japan, China, and Russia, and internship and community-based learning courses in Ecuador and South Africa. 

Through the Office of International Programs, Franklin & Marshall students can also consider destinations offered through pre-approved programs all over the world. Currently 50 percent of our students study off-campus, choosing from a variety of experiences, from short-term to semester- or year-long options. Study abroad constitutes a critical element of the College's commitment to build an increasingly international campus.

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Pre-Approved Study Abroad and Off-Campus Study

F&M has more than 200 programs with schools overseas in virtually every area of the world. If a school or program isn't on the list, our adivers in the Office of International Programs will work with students to build an appropriate course of study in the country and institution a student chooses.

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Office of International Programs

The Office of International Programs comprises the advising and administrative staff for International & Off-Campus Study and also International Student Services. We support Franklin & Marshall students pursuing an international education program, whether overseas or in Lancaster. 

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Global Engagement 

At Franklin & Marshall, a global education involves not only classroom learning, but also hands-on experiential learning in communities around the world. 

F&M's Ware Institute for Civic Engagement provides students with a number of international community-based learning classes and internships in South America, and South and West Africa. 


Socioeconomic Development in South Africa

In this community-based learning course, offered in the summer , students spend two weeks of class and training on campus and four weeks in South Africa.  In a variety of urban and rural locations, students work side by side with field-based social entrepreneurs. 

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Socioeconomic Development in Ecuador

Through the Ware Institute, students travel to Ecuador, where they partner with the Social Entrepreneur Corps to provide support for development work in the field. Students spend two weeks in classes and eight weeks assisting development workers in the field. 

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Alternative Spring/Winter Break Programs

Through the Alternative Break Program, students may spend time during spring or winter break working in a disadvantaged country. Students learn to understand the effect of the work they are doing as well as the potential implications on their own lives. 

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 The Pulse of Global Education at F&M
Story 12/12/2014

World War I Museum Pops Up in College Center

A new museum suddenly materialized on Franklin & Marshall College's campus one recent snowy December evening, the work of Associate Professor of German Jennifer Redmann and 22 students whose exhibits...

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Story 12/9/2014

Making Connections Half a World Away

Sixteen first-year students taking an "Americans in Paris" course this semester collaborated with eight sophomore and junior classmates spending the semester in the French capital to add depth and...

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Story 12/5/2014

To Study Abroad, With Intent and Purpose

An abiding interest in Asian languages draws a history major to  China.  A  pianist travels to Austria to explore musicology. An environmental studies major returns to his native Brazil to research...

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Story 10/16/2014

The End of American Influence in the World?

Michael Shank Associate Director of Legislative Affairs at the Friends Committee on National Legislation October 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. Mayser Gymnasium   America is no longer the superpower...

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January 13
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Starting Points

Forum 101

All students who are interested in studying off-campus are required to attend a Starting Points...

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Story 6/19/2014

UK Exchange Program Offers Students Valuable Research, Life...

Charlotte Petrie and Sophie O'Reilly, students from England's Chichester University, arrived at Franklin& Marshall College in June to research their American history projects while F&M Junior Danny...

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Story 5/6/2014

F&M Students Chosen for State Department's Critical Language...

Two Franklin & Marshall College students have been selected for the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad.

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Story 4/30/2014

Ariel Eland '14: Kindled Her Spirit In Liberal Arts

As she prepares to leave for New Orleans this summer to teach secondary math, Eland fondly recalls the broad experiences Franklin & Marshall College afforded her, and the accomplishments she...

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