Global Impact

International service and education is integral to the Mercer experience, and the University has taken on an increasing role as a difference-maker around the globe.

Mercer’s footprint can be found across the globe. The University is committed to leaving a positive and lasting impact on the world, and it’s eager to provide the tools, support and opportunities to help students, faculty and staff in their quests to make a difference.

Students from more than 50 countries are enrolled at Mercer, and they are able to expand their perspectives during study abroad and Mercer On Mission experiences overseas as well as service-learning projects in the local community. Mercer students have dedicated 500,000 hours to service projects and volunteerism in the past year.

Strengthening Communities

Changing the World Starts at Home

Mercer, in partnership with local and regional community agencies, fosters student learning and leadership by preparing students to address the critical needs of the Macon community and beyond.

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  • 500,000

    Number of hours of service-learning and volunteerism contributed by Mercer students in the past year

  • $483,000

    Georgia labor value of Mercer students’ volunteerism efforts coordinated by the University last year

  • 33%

    Percentage of Mercer’s student population that has been enrolled in service-learning courses over the past three years

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I’ve always prayed I would have a job that would allow me to impact people, and I didn’t realize how civil engineering could help me do this. Mercer On Mission helped me see that I could use my future career to help people in different communities and my own community.

Lauren Folsom, Civil Engineering, ‘26

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Study Abroad

Students return from study abroad experiences with a new sense of self, a stronger focus on their academic pursuits and a deeper appreciation of different cultures, languages and learning environments.

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International Students

Mercer welcomes students from around the globe to study on our campuses. The Office of International Programs offers programs and services to assist and guide international students, scholars and their dependents throughout their time at the University.

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English Language Institute

The mission of the ELI is to empower international students to develop the English language proficiency necessary for personal, academic and professional success.

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Peace Corps

Changing Lives the World Over

The Peace Corps is a volunteer program administered by the U.S. government to send the best and brightest Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Mercer is a leading producer of Peace Corps volunteers and hosts a Peace Corps Prep Site.

Featured Volunteer

Hoor Qureshi

Mercer University alumna and Peace Corps volunteer Hoor Qureshi served as a life skills educator in Botswana. She worked with the guidance and counseling office at a local school to co-facilitate lessons on life skills topics such as healthy relationships, career guidance and decision making.