In an effort to provide new learning opportunities and enhanced experiences for our students, Johnson & Wales offers a robust study abroad program universitywide. With more than 40 programs available to students of all majors, there’s something for everyone. Last year, 487 JWU students studied abroad. And what’s especially exciting is that JWU’s faculty get involved in abroad experiences, too. Faculty has become more influential in creating new study abroad opportunities throughout the years. But Lisa McAdam Donegan, director of study abroad, International Center, hopes to increase the level of faculty involvement even more. “If our professors become more internationalized, then our students will be more excited about the coursework,” she said. “When we create new programming, we take our lead from both student and faculty interest, with of course the support from each school and college dean.” She also notes that the International Center is seeing more and more faculty coming to JWU with diverse backgrounds and speaking multiple languages, which has become a significant resource when expanding and refining programs. This summer, nearly 30 professors from all four JWU campuses will lead study abroad trips to Germany, Italy, Thailand, Costa Rica, South Africa and Belgium, to name a few. What’s unique about this program is that a professor from Providence and another from Denver could co-lead a trip together, providing these colleagues with a deeper connection both professionally and personally. “Faculty-led programs are really rich, and we have so many enthusiastic faculty who are passionate about what they do,” said Donegan. “Our professors are very engaged with their students and want them to have these transformative experiences.” Faculty-led trips typically last two to four weeks, and can be a great stepping stone for students who are hesitant about traveling abroad for a longer period of time. The International Center’s goal is for every JWU student to have an international experience and become global citizens.