Global Scholars Program

The Global Scholars Program is for students who understand that we are citizens of the world and that the world and diverse cultures have a variety of lessons to teach us. It offers motivated students in ALL academic disciplines experiences to expand their global perspective through unique and dynamic intercultural learning opportunities.

Global Scholars are encouraged to broaden their global perspective and understanding through study, volunteering, and/or interning abroad. Students should also gain proficiency in another language and conduct research with an international and intercultural focus. However, this focus extends outside of the classroom. Students are encouraged to partake in intercultural experiences in the Washington D.C. region and to take advantage of Marymount’s location to build a network of globally-minded peers and professionals.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university’s general admissions requirements, the admission process for the Global Scholars Program includes:

Please refer to the application for deadlines and more specific admission information.

Program Requirements

Once they are admitted to the program, Global Scholars must maintain a 3.0 GPA while also completing the following four distinct globally-themed components.

Coursework (16 Credits)

Global Scholars must complete the following course requirements:
  • DISCOVER 101 section with a global theme (3 credits)
  • Three upper-level courses that meet Marymount University’s Global Perspective designation (9 credits)
  • Four 1-credit colloquium courses (4 credits)
    • GSP 102 Local to Global
    • GSP 201 Global Leadership
    • GSP 301 Reading the World
    • GSP 302 Exploring Global Careers

Language Proficiency


Global Scholars must show a level of skill in a non-native modern language equivalent to successful completion of a second-semester, college-level language course. Students can meet this requirement in one of the following ways:

  • Complete 6 credits of college-level foreign language coursework at the elementary level (AP, IB, and CLEP equivalencies are accepted).
  • Complete 3 credits of college-level foreign language coursework at the intermediate level (AP, IB, and CLEP equivalencies are accepted).
  • Receive a waiver from the Global Scholars Program director by demonstrating knowledge of a language equivalent to two semesters of college-level work, typically in a proctored exam.

Inquiry-Guided Research (3 Credits)


Global Scholars must complete a research project from a list of potential inquiry areas. The list is based on projects underway by participating faculty sponsors or community organizations interested in working with student researchers. Each Global Scholar will be matched with a sponsor based on the scholar’s inquiry request.

Global Learning Experiences

Global Scholars are required to participate in at least two of the following global learning opportunities:
  • Study Abroad: short-term, semester-long, or summer program
  • Internship: an internship abroad or one with a global focus on or off campus
  • Service Learning/Volunteer Project: a project overseas or a local project with a global focus

For more information about the Global Scholars Program, please contact Victor Betancourt.

Center for Global Education

Rowley Hall, 1st floor
2807 N. Glebe Road
Arlington, VA 22207

Phone: (703) 284-1677

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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