Adding to the various ways the Sarah Lawrence community is increasing its international focus, the College has become a partner school in the Davis United World College Scholars Program, enabling the College to enroll a larger number of international students needing financial aid. Supported by philanthropist Shelby Davis, the program provides need-based scholarships for graduates of the worldwide United World College schools who matriculate at partner colleges.
"The presence of international students contributes significantly to the awareness of global issues and perspectives in a College community. Such awareness is essential to being well educated in our global society," said Karen Lawrence, the College's president.
"This program will enable us to enroll students from around the world who would not be able to consider Sarah Lawrence without these scholarships."
Students also gain international exposure through study abroad programs. Close to half of Sarah Lawrence students study abroad before they graduate, most of them for at least a semester, many for an academic year. According to the Institute for International Education (IIE) Sarah Lawrence is among the leaders of liberal arts colleges that send students abroad for long-term study, allowing them to become immersed in a country's culture and to speak the language fluently. Sarah Lawrence students and graduates also study and travel abroad as Fulbright and Watson scholars.