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’s Center for Community Engagement, 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

  • $520,000+

    Georgia labor value of Mercer students’ volunteerism efforts coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement 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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Through Mercer On Mission, I learned not to judge anyone or their situation based on what others tell you. I also learned about the ways you can help people in need and how sometimes providing everything for them is more harmful than helpful. Meeting the Romani people from parts of Greece and learning about their life was an enlightening experience.

Nithee Patel, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, '21

Woman stands on a mountain holding Greek flag
Mercer students pose for a group photo during the 2018 Mercer On Mission trip to South Korea.

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.

International students at Mercer

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.

A Mercer professor works with a student at the English Language Institute.

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.

Kaitlyn Koontz stands on a dirt road in her village in Ethiopia

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

Kaitlyn Koontz

Mercer University alumna and Peace Corps volunteer Kaitlyn Koontz serves as a community health educator in a village of less than 2,000 people in Ethiopia. She works primarily on projects focusing on maternal and child health education, teaching about water, sanitation, hygiene and nutrition.