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A Global Emphasis

The world may be nearly 25,000 miles around, but technology and travel advances have turned the world into a global village where we interact with people on different continents as if they were just down the street.

That's why Randolph teaches from a global perspective, regardless of your major. Our global emphasis brings the world to Lynchburg—and sends you out to see the world. As a student here, you might: 

  • Meet with a French engineer to discuss nuclear energy in France
  • Track a biologist's research on birds in Ireland
  • Study an economist's project on coffee production in Central America
  • Travel to Quebec to examine how film, journalism, and advertising express a culture
  • Participate in an archaeological dig in Tunisia

In short, you'll build your own "global toolkit" through course work, internships, travel, reflection, and interaction with international students. No matter what your major, you'll learn to ask, "How does this matter to the world?"

Come to Randolph College and start a conversation with the world.

Forty flags hang proudly in the Randolph student center, one for each of the countries represented by our remarkable international students, who now make up 13% of the student body.

Nearly half of Randolph students study or work abroad, often for a full academic year, where they learn to see through the eyes of another culture. Perhaps that’s why Randolph was one of 16 U.S. colleges honored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators for excellence in campus internationalization.

Randolph has always fostered an historic commitment to international education. Every Randolph student, in all of our nearly 50 majors and minors,  is challenged to complete honors-level, independent work with a sharp global focus.

This capstone project could expand on ideas introduced during one of Randolph’s intensive, faculty-led international seminars to Ecuador or Japan, or developed during a summer research project with a visiting Quillian Scholar.  The idea is that Randolph students use their foreign language skills, abroad experience and classroom knowledge to produce an academic work of real consequence. We believe this process will better prepare Randolph students for the rigors of graduate study and the demands of an increasingly complex, interconnected world. Learn more about the many special learning opportunities at Randolph.