Wingate University students experience international travel

Students on the Spain/Morocco W
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Wingate, N.C. – Ninety-one Wingate University students participated in W’International trips to Germany, Estonia, Spain/Morocco and the French Caribbean during the month of May. The choir also took a separate trip to Estonia, where they won an international competition. A literature class visited England and Ireland. Twelve students are studying language immersion in Costa Rica. Including these trips, as well as internships over the summer, 155 students will have had an international experience this summer.

Wingate University has offered a unique international study-tour program called W'International since 1978. After attending a one-hour seminar once a week during the regular semester, students travel for 10 days to their chosen destination with the faculty member after classes end. “Our study abroad programs, including W'International, have continued to offer a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn outside the classroom in ways they never expected or thought possible,” said Jennifer Armentrout, director of international studies at the University. “I'm especially proud of our students that really throw themselves into the experience and realize how much they can learn by being open to what they encounter abroad.”

The study abroad program was pioneered to help students gain real world experience. “Wingate University has been well-represented by our students that go abroad and bring back a new appreciation of where they live as well as a fresh perspective on the world,” Armentrout said. “Our programs are an essential part of the Wingate University experience.” The University’s international program offers travel opportunities, as well as community outreach and a week-long celebration during International Week.

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Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to