Global Connections
Connect. Engage. Lead.


Global Connections is a three-part yearlong academic program designed to enhance first-year undergraduate international students’ written and oral communication skills, self-awareness, and connection with campus leadership, faculty, staff, and students.

Global Connections students will engage deeply in academics and campus life, feel confident sharing their unique global perspective, and have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their campus community by identifying leadership paths in campus organizations.

One academic program, three courses

Global Connections students will complete a summer course, a fall course, and a spring workshop. Students will apply to participate in Connect@Wake. Students who complete Connect@Wake will be invited to Engage@Wake and Lead@Wake.

Connect@Wake: A week-long one-credit course for new international students that provides an introduction Wake Forest University structure and leadership as well as connections to current faculty, staff, and students who lead campus organizations, events, and programs.

Engage@Wake: Engage@Wake students will take their four-credit Writing 111 with Dr. Jon Smart, an international writing specialist, and have additional opportunities to engage with student leaders and explore student organizations as well as campus life offices.

Lead@Wake: A half-semester workshop designed to enhance students’ communication and self-awareness skills through direct collaboration with campus offices and student organizations on events and initiatives designed to enhance their campus community.