Davidson, NC 28035
209 Ridge Road
Davidson, NC 28035
The Dean Rusk International Studies Program embodies Davidson's belief that knowledge of other cultures and of the social, economic, political, and scientific forces that shape our world are integral to a liberal arts education. Incorporating the offices of study abroad, international student services, and travel grants and programming, we work to give a global dimension to every aspect of a student's education.
Serving as the organizing mechanism for expanding internationalism across the Davidson experience, we encourage students to pursue an international curriculum through the college's concentration in International Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies majors, study abroad programs and courses in various academic departments.
International Student Services provides resources to support international students as they acclimate to the college and surrounding community. International students are invited to attend pre-orientation activities, connect with a host family, and visit the office regularly to stay up-to-date on immigration information.
During the 2012-13 academic year, the Dean Rusk Program awarded 96 students travel grants totaling $228,250. Most of these students designed their own projects abroad. Faculty grants are available to conduct research or to attend conferences abroad.
Dean Rusk is a catalyst for dialogue on world issues in the greater Charlotte business, professional, cultural, and educational communities and collaborates with the Charlotte World Affairs Council and a speakers program in local schools. We also promote cultural interchanges between Davidson students and foreign nationals studying at the college.
The Dean Rusk Global Corps and the International Education Committee help ensure the program is attuned to student interests serving the college's educational objectives. Members of the Corps also organize a number of international activities on campus and in the community.
Named for Davidson's distinguished alumnus Dean Rusk '31, who served as Secretary of State during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, we strive to give each student, first, an informed awareness of our whole planet, and second, direct knowledge of at least one foreign area.