Small Campus, Wide Reach

Sam Crankshaw

Transylvania may occupy a few small blocks of historic downtown Lexington, but it reaches far beyond downtown, Kentucky, and even North America.

Our small campus, which lets us maximize our sleep time by minimizing walk time, is a catalyst for global initiative. Some people are followers of the saying, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” but Transylvania goes far beyond those four simple words.

Transy’s historically strong academics and integral role in developing higher education draw professors and students from countries all over the world such as Iran, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Honduras, and China, just to name a few. These aren’t just stats that we use to draw prospective students, but real people with varying perspectives that every Transylvania student gets to experience. For example, my First Year Seminar professor was Bulgarian, my French professor was Senegalese, my advisor is from the Czech Republic, and my roommate is from China.

The diversity of nationalities on all levels at Transylvania brings differing thoughts to every table, regarding things like gender roles, food, social welfare, social hierarchies, and even how rooms should be decorated!

At Transylvania, you don’t have to leave campus to experience the world, you simply have to open your eyes.

Transy’s global involvement doesn’t stop at its campus’s boundaries. Every May, many classes go abroad to places like Peru, France, Hungary, and countries throughout Africa and Asia. Our great study abroad office has strong relationships with partner schools throughout world, and many students participate in KIIS (Kentucky Institute for International Studies) programs which take them all over the world at exceptionally low prices. Moreover, the Lexington government has great opportunities for summer employment and studying in sister countries Japan, England, Ireland, and France.

There are various other unique opportunities, such as the alternative winter break which went to Guatemala this year, and volunteering to aid Congolese refugees’  transitions to life in Lexington, among many others.

At Transylvania, borders are broken and cultures are explored. There are many ways to get involved at home and abroad, and with many scholarship opportunities that make international study at Transylvania University affordable, most students participate.

If you want to think globally and act both locally and globally, then Transylvania is the place for you. With no Common Application fees, there is no reason not to apply and become a pioneer at home and abroad.