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Global Education

Case Western Reserve is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary to become leaders in a world of rapid change and increasing interdependence. The CWRU strategic plan calls for:

scholarship that capitalizes on the power of collaboration; learning that is active, creative and continuous; and promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship. read more >

Here is a sampling of the ways students at Case Western Reserve University are "going global" in their classrooms and their extra-curricular lives. Check back for revolving highlights of student activities.


"The summer after my first year, the Cox Center funded my internship with the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington, DC; after my second year, it funded my internship at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Kampala, Uganda; and after graduating from Case, the center funded my internship with the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. These internships provided me an invaluable learning and networking experience, and led to my dream job as Legal Advisor to the Judges of the Rwanda Tribunal in Arusha, Tanzania.” Law students at the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center have far-reaching opportunities to pursue their interests in international law.


The Global Medical Initiative The Global Medical Initiative works to assess, address and alleviate disparities in health care access and delivery worldwide by sending medical supplies to developing countries, advocating global health issues on campus and developing leadership qualities in those who want to become involved in global health. The group puts on events such as the a cappella for Africa concert, Hoops 4 Haiti and March Madness brackets to raise money for their shipments. This past year, GMI shipped four pallets (900-1200 pounds each) of medical supplies to Haiti.


International Student Fellowship The International Student Fellowship is a graduate student organization and also a non-denominational Christian organization that works to provide a community for internationals and others in the Cleveland area. The Fellowship provides answers to practical questions, hosts outings and activities, and provides a social network that strives to be a “home away from home” for internationals and United States students alike.


Engineers without Borders The CWRU chapter of Engineers without Borders furthers a growing international movement that partners with international communities in the developing world to provide engineering and technical expertise to sustainable projects and associated education. EWB has active projects in Cruce de Blanco, Dominican Republic, Bafounda, Cameroon, and Piang Luang, Thailand with a focus on water supply and treatment projects.


International Club International Club is dedicated to expanding cultural diversity on campus by promoting the exchange of ideas, cultures and traditions. It organizes social events like the international dinner, thanksgiving dinner and barbeques, and also helps incoming international students adjust to a new culture by pairing them with United States students.


Model UN In Model UN, students step into the shoes of ambassadors from United Nations member states to debate current issues on the organization’s current agenda. In making speeches, drafting resolutions, negotiating with allies and adversaries, resolving conflicts and navigating rules of procedure, students learn to mobilize international cooperation to resolve global issues. CWRU Modern UN attends the Lake Erie International Model UN Conference, the Harvard National Model UN Conference and the University of Chicago Model UN Conference, among others.


STAND STAND is an anti-genocide coalition working to empower individuals and the Cleveland Community with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. STAND focuses primarily on Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma, hosting events ranging from movie screenings and presentations on conflict to fundraisers like STANDfast—which has raised money to create a satellite radio program for Burmese villages threatened by violence and to provide security escorts for women in Sudan as they collect firewood.

Learn More

Interested in Applying?
Contact International Student Admissions.

Want to find student organizations with an international flair?
Click here.

Considering study abroad?
Visit the Study Abroad Programs page.

Interested in how CWRU supports international students?
Go to the Office of International Student Services.

Want to know about services for international faculty and scholars?
Please contact the Office of Immigration and Human Resource Services.