With an urban campus located in the heart of St. Louis, Saint Louis University strives to bring the cultures, concerns and complexities of the entire world to its community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and area neighbors. Welcoming more than 1,000 international students from nearly 70 countries around the world, the University has rich tradition of global diversity.
|The Atlas Week Parade of Nations.|
Part of that tradition includes the annual Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week Program. Established in 2001 and named for the prominent St. Louisians, Atlas Week is packed with lectures, forums, film showings and other engaging activities that spotlight the international dimension of SLU's academic programs and to celebrate the University's role in international education. This year's Atlas Week will be held April 8-12.
As part of the annual celebration, the University invites a recognized member of the global community to deliver the Atlas Week Keynote Address. Previous speakers include former child soldier and rising African hip-hop star Emmanuel Jal; internationally known lawyer and champion for women's rights Hauwa Ibrahim; and Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Sheryl WuDunn. This year's keynote speaker is John Prendergast, a human rights activist and best-selling author who has worked for peace in Africa for more than 25 years
The highlight of the weeklong celebration is the Parade of Nations and the Billiken World Festival. Students come together each year to march down the center of the St. Louis campus, waving flags representing the international diversity of the University community. Immediately after, all are invited to take part in the festival which features live cultural music and dance, academic and informational booths, carnival games and international cuisine.
For a complete schedule of events for the 2013 Atlas Week, visit the Atlas Week website.
Atlas Week is just one example of the University's commitment to providing its students with a global experience. The University is finalizing a new Center for Global Citizenship that will feature a 1,000-square-foot lounge wired for international media, including television outlets from around the globe, offices for the University's International Services support staff and an café featuring cuisine from around the world.
International student groups, such as the International Student Federation, Chinese Student and Scholar Association and Indian Student Association will also be housed in the new Center, which is set to open in May.
|Padre Arrupe Hall at the Madrid campus of Saint Louis University.|
Saint Louis University also provides ample opportunities for students to travel and see the world. Currently, nearly 700 students from more than 65 countries are enrolled and earning undergraduate and graduate degrees at SLU's campus in Madrid, Spain. Study-abroad students are also able to attend the University and earn credits back home in St. Louis. Outside of its Madrid campus, SLU has more than 800 students studying in countries around the world, including China, Austria and Chile.
In addition to globally focused education programs, SLU's strong commitment to service extends far beyond its borders. In March, for example, the University sponsored spring mission trips to El Salvador and Jamaica where students immersed themselves in the local cultures and communities as they engaged in international service.
Additionally, Students in the SLU School of Medicine can apply for the Dr. Phillip A. Riley, Jr. and Mrs. Joane Riley Endowed Medicine Abroad Program (MAP) Scholarship to receive funding to travel around the world to help provide life-saving medical care to people in need. The annual program provides medical residents with an unparalleled opportunity to experience another culture and learn about practicing medicine
A Saint Louis University education may begin in St. Louis, but SLU students take what they learn and serve the globe.