Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs

Through vigourous learning and robust engagement with the world, RWU students are empowered to pursue globalized professional opportunities, globally-minded civic engagement, and lifelong global learning.

As the Spiegel Center continues to monitor global conditions for health and safety factor’s we recognize the status of any study abroad program may be impacted by local conditions especially in-light of ongoing challenges caused by COVID-19. We will continue to communicate updates as needed.

Here is the current status of Study Abroad operations, by term.

Summer 2021 Short Term Programs

As we continue monitoring global travel advisories, final program status decisions for May programs will be made towards the end of February.  Students who have applied will be updated regularly with program updates. Programs that are scheduled for July/August continue to be monitored and decisions will be finalized in late March.

There are three programs listed on the Study Abroad Portal that are currently accepting applications. These programs include:

Fall 2021 Semester  

We continue moving ahead with Fall 2021 program applications and are encouraging interested students to complete Fall 2021 study abroad applications. The deadline is March 1 and you can visit the Study Abroad Portal to start the process. Of course we will continue monitoring global travel advisories and will determine the program status accordingly.    

Study Abroad Applications/Advising  

We want students to continue to work with the Spiegel Center so we can provide as much study abroad advising as possible. We would encourage students to connect with us remotely, either by email or Zoom calls, in-person meetings can be arranged on an appointment basis. Our general email address is

Please follow the guidance below to set up advising sessions as needed:

  • Short Term Program Advising: Please email Becky Denson at to seek any information you need related to short-term, faculty-led programs.  If you would like to set up an advising meeting via Zoom, you can also email Becky.
  • Fall 2021 Program Advising: For any student who is interested in a semester study abroad experience, please contact Kevin Hayden at Whether you are planning to study abroad in Spring 2022 or finalizing Fall 2021 application, you should reach out via email to set up advising meetings via Zoom. As mentioned above, for any in-person meeting you would like to set up, please make an appointment by emailing Kevin Hayden.
    • Study Abroad Open Session:Every Friday from 2-4PM, the Spiegel Center hosts an open session via Zoom call.  This session allows students to connect with the Spiegel Center and ask any questions they may have.
    • Information Sessions:Please visit the RWU Study Abroad Portal for schedule information session.

We encourage all students who are interested in learning more about the study abroad process or need assistance in finalizing plans to please contact us as soon as possible.  

The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs administers long term study abroad programming, supports faculty in their work conducting short term study abroad and overseas experiential education, and fosters global learning and engagement across the university.  

At RWU, global and international knowledge, skills, and engagement opportunities are incorporated into course experiences, both in and beyond the classroom.  Courses combine with a wide array of co-curricular programs to broaden horizons, foster engagement across borders, deepen understanding of complex global challenges, and introduce students to global practitioners in diverse fields.  

RWU global and international learning and engagement programs equip students to:

  • Increase knowledge of global issues, cultures, and systems
  • Expand awareness and understanding of global perspectives
  • Develop skills of inquiry and critical thinking in global context
  • Leverage global knowledge and skills to solve problems
  • Apply learning to real world community and professional challenges
  • Develop avenues and habits of global engagement

The Spiegel Center for Global and International Programs is located in the Center for Global and Community Engagement, commonly known as "The Farmhouse," across from Lower Commons on RWU's Bristol Campus.  Students interested in study abroad are encouraged to stop by, explore materials about the many programs offered around the globe; meet with staff about study abroad possibilities and planning; and explore how to best take advantage of the many global and international opportunities of Roger Williams University.  Office Hours are 8:30-4:30, Monday-Friday.  

The world awaits!