Welcome to JWU Global. With its goal of promoting global and community citizenship,  JWU Global provides tools and opportunities for personal, academic, and professional development through international and intercultural engagement. 

Whether you are a current or prospective student, the parent of a student, a faculty or staff member, or a current or prospective international partner, you’ll find information in these pages on JWU’s unique opportunities in global education.

Located on the Providence campus, JWU Global comprises: 

International Student Services

Study Abroad

The BRIDGE

Programming and advising are also offered on the North Miami, Charlotte and Denver campuses. 

Beyond these services, JWU Global also plays a central role in university internationalization. 

In line with JWU’s Guiding Principles to “Embrace diversity for a richly inclusive community” and “Model ethical behavior and local, national, and global citizenship,” JWU Global sets and oversees strategic goals ensuring that JWU continues to grow in global focus, supporting and mentoring students who think and act with awareness of the world around them.

Central to this function is the Global Learning Committee (GLC). Co-chaired with Arts & Sciences, the GLC includes representation from across each college and campus, student government, and JWU’s major administrative areas. 

Having identified a global competency framework applicable to both students and employees, the GLC works to map where those competencies are being addressed, and how to align them with the university’s curricular, co-curricular, and professional development offerings. 

The GLC also sponsors the Global Learning Distinction, which allows students to earn an enhanced transcript designation highlighting their globally-focused experiences at JWU. 

Using best practices in the field, promote the value of international education by fostering an understanding and appreciation of other cultures throughout Johnson & Wales University’s campuses and surrounding communities.

Provide international and multicultural student and study abroad services and programs that offer effective assistance, guidance and advice, and that advance relevant and intentional global and intercultural learning outcomes.

Facilitate the successful integration of incoming and outgoing students into the culture, community, and learning environment of their international destinations.


Create and support a diverse and inclusive university community in which individual members; international and intercultural knowledge and experiences are valued and shared.

Work collaboratively with other university units, and with institutional collaborators, to develop, evaluate, and improve programs that will enhance students’ global competencies and add international and intercultural perspectives within individual fields of study.

For more information on JWU’s pioneering perspective on global citizenship, please see our publication, Advancing Global Citizenship through International Experiences." In it, you’ll find detail on global education opportunities and accomplishments across the university’s diverse population of students, faculty, and staff.

I welcome your feedback, and ask that you let me know if I can answer any questions.

Shelley Stephenson, PhD

Dean of International Programs and Development