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.

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A Sunday at the Korean Spa ( + Yummy Food)

A Sunday at the Korean Spa ( + Yummy Food)

Chris Noh (he/him) Class of 2024, Film and East Asian Studies November 13, 2022 Chris Noh felt intrigued and ambivalent prior to going to the spa (or “jimjilbang”) but left feeling refreshed and hungry for a delicious dinner, which there is no lack of in Seoul, South Korea.   I woke up at 10:43am –…
6 Ways to Practice Your French Before Studying Abroad

6 Ways to Practice Your French Before Studying Abroad

by Nicholas Summerson, Class of 2023 and VWPP Spring ’22 Before going abroad to France, many students are nervous about their language abilities and if their years of taking language classes will translate into using their skills in the real world. As a student who studied abroad the spring semester of 2022, I can attest…

Catch these awesome IEW events starting November 11th!

International Education Week (IEW), November 11-18, 2022, is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange…
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