Office of Global Citizenship

International Students at Sewanee

Welcome New International Student Class of 2021!

Sewanee hosts over 40 international students from around the world, including South America, Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. As a liberal arts college, Sewanee offers international students close faculty-student relationships, robust extracurricular and co-curricular activities, and excellent hands-on academic opportunities in research and internships. Many international students complete majors in the sciences, environmental studies, mathematics and economics, but others choose to focus on the humanities such as literature, history, and foreign languages. Still others complete their courses of study in international and global studies or politics. The general education curriculum introduces students to a variety of academic disciplines, often opening up new areas of interest for international students. The Organization for Cross Cultural Understanding (OCCU), which is led by international students, celebrates various cultures and introduces the food and culture of Sewanee's international students to the community. 

The University of the South emphasizes a close community among its students. To help build strong relations among students, nearly all students live in dormitories or program houses on campus. Some of the current program houses include the foreign language houses (Russian, French, Spanish, German, and Italian), the Community Engagement House, and the Sustainability House. Dormitories organize social events, and program houses offer a wide variety of social and co-curricular activities around their program themes.

Sewanee is a small, rural town with a population of about 4,000 people. For international students, many of whom come from large cities, Sewanee may seem confining at first. The University and town are surrounded by natural forests with many opportunities for outdoor activities including hiking, bicycling, canoeing and caving. Students can explore these opportunities on their own, but the Sewanee Outing Program, run by the University, organizes weekly events. The town and campus have very little crime, and students are able to enjoy the security that comes from living in a small community.

Sewanee welcomes international students because they can benefit from the education experience at Sewanee and the many ways in which they enrich the life of our campus. 

Interested in applying to Sewanee? Please learn more about the application process at the Admission Office webpage.