Intercultural Learning

First-Year Students: Apply for the Global Engagement Minor

Apply to the Global Engagement Minor

The Global Engagement Minor (GEM) 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 flexibility like no other, allowing students to select courses that provide a global perspective according to their interests, continue previous language study or…

Yeia sas everyone! Welcome to Elementary Modern Greek class!

Elementary Modern Greek is taught by Hrissi Haldezos, who is an alumna of Wesleyan, where she currently works as an administrator in student accounts. She has always loved languages, and was a Classical Studies major at Wesleyan where she studied Ancient Greek. She regularly visits her extended family in Greece, with the exception of the…

Invisible Suitcase

Halfway through her semester abroad in Paris, France, Paris Jensen ’22 reflects that it takes some practice to learn how to pack a suitcase. Especially the kind you can’t touch or see.   I find myself telling people on the phone, since I arrived in France, that the interesting thing about traveling is that it both changes you and…

International Education Week 2021 Events Announced

  Organized annually by the Fries Center of Global Studies (FCGS), International Education Week (IEW) is a collaborative initiative to promote intercultural learning, global awareness, and a greater sense of interconnectedness among the Wesleyan community.  This year, we are excited to be joined by several student organizations, offices, and departments at Wesleyan in hosting events…

Murphy’s Law

Travel often doesn’t turn out as you’d perhaps dreamed or even planned. Sometimes Murphy’s Law feels as if it hangs like an albatross around your neck. Whatever could go wrong … will, and often you can do little about it. But that’s what travel really is. Whether it’s an airport dash that ends in heartbreak…

One Thing I Forgot While in Madrid

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement) are the most important Jewish holidays. Celebrating this year in Madrid looks a little different than usual for Rebecca Dowd. Rebecca is majoring in Science and Society and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures. She is currently studying abroad in Madrid, Spain. I was one of 6 Jews in my high…

Pachaysana Unlearning Series Kicks Off September 21

Our partners in Ecuador, Fundación Pachaysana, who brought us virtual study abroad courses in the spring of 2021, are back on a Zoom near you this year! They will be presenting a series of workshops and webinars known as the Unlearning Series. The series is cosponsored by the College of Letters, Fries Center for Global…

Fries Center for Global Studies 2020-2021 Annual Report

Want to better understand what the Fries Center does and the opportunities to collaborate with us? Check out our 2020-2021 Annual Report. The “Executive Summary” from that report follows; for the rest of the report, follow that link! Executive Summary The pandemic-induced pause on study abroad coupled with the arrival of two new colleagues meant…

Academia, Culture and Campus Life: What to Expect at Wes

Academia, Culture and Campus Life: What to Expect at Wes opens July 1st for the class of 2025! Welcome Wesleyan Class of 2025 international students! Based on the suggestions of current and past international students, we created an online course for you to explore Wesleyan before you arrive. Academia, Culture, and Campus Life combines the…

Practice your language skills with the Language Buddies Program!

Are you worried about maintaining your hard-earned language skills over the summer break? Sign up to be a Language Buddy, an expanding new program housed in the Fries Center for Global Studies that seeks to match or group Wes students, faculty, or staff members with one another to practice their language skills over academic breaks…