The mission of the Center for International Education (CIE) is to build an internationally-minded UMW community in order to prepare UMW students to be globally competent citizens. The Center values diversity and offers an environment that fosters cross-cultural understanding and international cooperation and engagement through transformational programs and experiences. CIE provides support to students interested in study abroad opportunities and serves the needs of international students and scholars.
CIE administers over a dozen UMW Faculty-Led Programs and four UMW Exchange Programs. In addition to these popular programs, students desiring an educational experience abroad to study, intern, volunteer, or do academic research, may select from a host of UMW Approved Programs offered by both Education Abroad Providers and international universities. UMW students can study abroad for a semester or academic year, over the summer or during the spring and winter breaks to earn academic credits toward their graduation requirements.
CIE serves the needs of International Students and Scholars by providing immigration services and admissions services to international exchange students. Our office staff members guide international students and scholars through the process of obtaining their visas and maintaining status. An international student orientation is held at the beginning of each semester to help ease the transition to studying and living in the United States. The orientation program covers immigration, academic, financial, and personal matters. The orientation also includes a tour of Fredericksburg and a shopping trip to pick up additional items you may need during your stay.