International Student Support

We live in a global village.

Currently 14% of the student body are international students, and COA boasts alumni from 32 different countries in addition to all 50 of our own United States. This diversity of language, culture, belief system, mores and history lends a richness and depth to the living and learning environment of COA.

Continuing recruitment of international students remains a clear commitment of the College. This effort begins with an enormous head start: College of the Atlantic is one of the original pilot institutions for the Davis United World College Program. The Davis UWC program is a major philanthropic force in promoting international understanding. The Davis UWC program is committed to building cross-cultural understanding across their campuses and around the globe in the 21st century. Through the generosity of Shelby and Gale Davis, this remarkable initiative has become the world’s largest privately funded international scholarship program for undergraduate education.

COA has received a lead pledge of $6M to continue this program and would like to endow an additional $2M in support for these remarkable students. Support this effort with a gift to the Annual Fund or by supporting international student scholarship.



Your Gift at Work


"It’s not easy to find a school with a community as caring and kind as that of COA. I am planning to focus on science and health courses because I am interested in pursuing medicine as my future field of career."

Gloria Kahamba | Class of 2011
Gloria is from Tanzania and able to attend COA through the Great Lakes of Africa Scholarship.

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