Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs

Broadly defined, global learning is the infusion or incorporation of international content into curricular and co-curricular programming for the purpose of challenging students to recognize the complexity and volatility of today’s world and to reflect upon their role in it.

The SCGIP actively encourages faculty members to consider the value of introducing international content into their courses. It further believes that while a global perspective can be partly achieved through course work on the Roger Williams University campus, it can be significantly reinforced through course work and experiences in other countries as part of an approved RWU semester or short-term program abroad.

We solicit faculty support in actively encouraging students to take advantage of this profound, often life-transforming learning opportunity.


To develop a nationally recognized model for international and intercultural education through curricular and co-curricular programs, which strongly reflect RWU’s commitment to prepare students to be compassionate, productive, ethical, and responsible global citizens in the increasingly interdependent global society.


We commit ourselves to work closely with RWU campus community members and beyond for the goal of equipping our students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are necessary for students to think critically, pursue truth, and to succeed in this interdependent, diverse, and rapidly changing world. We will achieve this goal through introducing study, work, and volunteer abroad opportunities, encouraging faculty-led programs abroad, developing and administering international programs, seeking external funds to support interdisciplinary and area studies, and providing appropriate services to students and international visiting scholars.

To accomplish this mission, the SCGIP has identified three major developmental programming tracks:

  • Study Abroad
  • International Programs and Initiatives
  • “Global-learning” Initiatives

Whatever your query or interest may be, the Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs has a qualified, professional staff that is ready to assist you. We are located on the 1st floor of Global Heritage Hall our office hours are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.