Study Abroad

Gardner-Webb University's International Programs

Globally Engaged

The Gardner-Webb University curriculum provides students with the global perspective necessary to be informed citizens. The University strongly encourages students to explore study abroad opportunities as an integral part of the university experience. These global experiences provide personal growth, cultural understanding, improved foreign language skills, and a competitive edge in the eventual job search.

“One of the main attractions of the program for me was to have the experience of going abroad. I also needed language credits. Everything connected with ease and that is how I knew this program was meant for me.”

-Avery Terry of Greensboro, N.C., University of Trier Germany Exchange Program

Semester and summer study abroad programs are currently possible at universities in Malta, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Costa Rica, Greece, the United Kingdom, and Canada (French-speaking). Through the Office of International Programs, students may also arrange to study at foreign universities in countries other than those mentioned above. During the academic year as well as in the summer, Gardner-Webb sponsors short trips to various overseas destinations. With prior arrangement, credits may be earned for study/travel abroad. Some financial assistance for international study/travel is available to students who meet the necessary eligibility requirements.

Exchange Partnerships

Gardner-Webb has exchange partnerships with universities in 7 countries and has affiliations with 10 others. Students going abroad for a semester, or a year continue paying tuition to Gardner-Webb University, they are responsible for room and board at their host institutions. Students are also responsible for airfare and spending money. Besides studying for a semester or a year abroad, shorter options include summer intensive language courses and spring break trips. Some financial support from Gardner-Webb University is available.

Lying at the cross-roads of the Mediterranean, UM has some 11,500 students, including around 1,400 international students from over 100 different countries and 600 visiting overseas students, following full-time or part-time degree and diploma courses.

With Småland as our base and the world as our stage, Linnaeus has more than 44,000 students and offers over 200 degree programmes and 1500 single-subject courses.

Located halfway between Montréal and Québec City (an hour and a half’s drive in either direction from Trois-Rivières), the university offers a relaxed, informal atmosphere where its over 15,000 students from 30+ countries and territories work closely together with professors during teaching and research activities. 

Based on two campuses, in the cities of León and Ponferrada, 14,000 students engage in a full range of undergraduate, master’s and postgraduate degrees. The University of León complements its teaching and research activities with a wide variety of training workshops, university extension courses, as well as cultural and sporting activities.

Located on a breathtaking hillside at the edge of Athens, an American-style, 64-acre campus offers an ideal setting for its 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students to study in Greece. You’ll be immersed in Greek culture and have plenty of opportunities to make friends from all over the world.

With its 13,000 students, Trier University embraces contrast: young, yet true to tradition; internationally oriented and regionally rooted, on the geographic edge of Germany, but in the heart of Europe. The university’s award-winning green campus comes with gorgeous views onto the city and its surrounding nature. With its modern architecture and unique atmosphere, it is said to be one of Germany’s most beautiful campuses.

As the center of the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region, this multicultural city has a lot to offer: urban flair, lots of green space, vibrant nightlife, a lively cultural scene, and much more. Around 6,000 students are currently studying in the fields of engineering, business, or health, expanding their network and boosting their skills outside of their everyday study routine.

Based in a thriving city, and with traditional education values at the core of our community, Liverpool Hope offers courses from a wide range of subjects in sciences, humanities, education, sport, and the creative and performing arts. Liverpool Hope has two main teaching campuses. Hope Park is situated in a leafy suburb of Liverpool and is a mini educational village. 

“I met so many people from different parts of the world and became very close friends with all of them. The best part so far is the excursions the school does for the students to get out and have fun.”

– Agreda-Martinez, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Mannheim, Germany Exchange Program

Summer Program Partners

Students can earn six (6) credit hours in French, German, or Spanish by participating in 4-week intensive language courses at:

The university offers its 15,000 students a quiet, pleasant environment including a large campus with plenty of green open spaces.

The university’s award-winning green campus comes with gorgeous views onto the city and its surrounding nature.

The ‘Maymester’ (intensive 4-week summer course starting in May) is a great opportunity to make the most of your summer by coming to Costa Rica to advance your Spanish skills.

Photos from Past Trips


There are many things to consider before studying abroad! What does it cost? Is it safe? What are the benefits? We can help answer all these questions and more.

Spring Break Options

Earn one hour of undergraduate credit by participating in a faculty-led trip over your spring break to another country. Past trips have included trips to France, Japan, and Germany.

Professional Readiness Research

Study abroad can fulfill the Professional Readiness Experience (PRE) requirement!

Plan Your Experience

Are you ready to study abroad? Let us help you through the process.


Contact Dr. Bernhard Martin at [email protected] or call him at (704) 406-4415.


Select from multiple countries in every field of study.


We will guide you through the application, passport and visa processes.


We will prepare you with information pertinent to your travels.

Additional Opportunities

The mission of Gardner-Webb University is to prepare graduates for leadership and service in their professional careers and in their personal lives. This includes Community Engagement – assisting campus, local, national, and global communities through education, outreach, and research; fostering dialogue and action in support of human welfare and environmental stewardship.

Mission Trips

The mission of Gardner-Webb University is to prepare graduates for leadership and service in their professional careers and personal lives. To fulfill this vision and the University’s motto, Pro Deo et Humanitate (For God and Humanity), the Office of Christian Life and Service sponsors mission trips each year.

Webb In Washington

Gardner-Webb University in partnership with American University offers students an exciting immersive academic opportunity in Washington, D.C.. Students chosen to participate will participate in a semester-long program where they will gain professional, resume-building experience at an internship in an area of interest. 

Holyland Tour

Join the distinguished faculty of GWU on a faith-inspiring trip! You will take a journey that will enrich your knowledge of the Bible, help you to explore the Holy Land and inspire you to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others.

Benefits of Studying Abroad

There are so many experiences for college students that spur learning, maturity, and open-mindedness, though few as momentous as studying abroad.

Expanded World View

Enhanced Career Opportunities

Strengthened Communications Skills

Firsthand Cultural Experience

Global Network of Friends

Learn another Language

Boost Confidence and Independence

Discover New Interests

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