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

Celebrating Faculty Research on International Topics 2023-24 Part IV:STEM & Health

by Tasmiah Akter Wesleyan faculty‚Äôs collective expertise spans the globe, and the Office for Intercultural Learningat the Fries Center for Global Studies is pleased to celebrate their international and oftenmultilingual work here in the Wes and the World newsletter. This is the last part of the four partseries where we spent time highlighting different topics…

Meet the GEM Student Advisory Board!

by Tasmiah Akter The Global Engagement Minor (GEM) at Wesleyan is a unique opportunity for Wesleyan students to explore their academic interests, extracurricular activities, and language skills in learning how to navigate the world! The GEM provides immense flexibility by allowing students to select courses that provide a global perspective according to their interests, continue…

Eurovision @ Wes

by Oleksandra Volakova Last weekend, dozens of singers, musicians, and bands from different countries performed in the Grand Final of Eurovision, an annual international song competition. It unites people of various countries who are overwhelmed and inspired by emotions and is meant to create a politics-free safe space. Each country of the European Broadcasting Union…
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