Welcome to the Fries Center for Global Studies, Wesleyan’s hub for intercultural and multilingual engagement. Building on the decades of experience at Wesleyan with education abroad, international studies, and language education, the Fries Center was founded in 2015. In 2022, President Michael Roth issued a Presidential Statement on Internationalization that makes explicit what we mean by “internationalization” and sets forth a range of goals for the next five years. The Fries Center’s many inter-related functions and activities can be accessed via our main menu. We also maintain an active blog featuring activities and opportunities (see below) and send out a newsletter every other week with highlights from the blog. Subscribe to the Wes and the World Newsletter here.

The Fries Center tracks and publicizes international events on campus. To submit an event, use the form here. Upcoming events include:


Wesleyan and the World

Where in the World is Anita?

by Anita Deeg-Carlin, Director of Intercultural Learning Iracambí, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, is a rainforest research center that is becoming steadily more familiar to our community as Wes students spend their summers interning there. Minas Gerais literally translates to “General Mines” and is an area historically known and mined for its mineral wealth.…

ARHA 325 students travel to Rome and Florence

by Serena Plage Students in Prof. Nadja Aksamija’s seminar Eloquent Forms: Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture went on a 12-day, faculty-led study trip to Rome and Florence over spring break (March 9-21, 2024). Some of the highlights in Rome included the Capitoline Museums and the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museums, the Villa Borghese, and…
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