Phi Beta Delta


Phi Beta Delta (PBD)


Phi Beta Delta (PBD), founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.
As of March 2021, 206 chapters have been chartered.


Deadline: March 1, 2024
Induction Ceremony: April 15, 2024

PBD traces its background to the eighteenth-century founding of Phi Beta Kappa. In the nineteenth century, Greek fraternities divided into the social, professional, and academic Greeks. Phi Beta Delta is an academic and professional society, unique because it is resolutely interdisciplinary and international. Its formal organization brought together numerous pre-existing internally oriented campus groups. Its goals are:

  • To recognize the achievements of international students and scholars, students who have studied abroad and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities.
  • To serve as a vehicle for the development of academic-based international programming.
  • To provide a network on campus of faculty, staff and students involved in international endeavors.
  • To establish the Theta Lambda chapter of Phi Beta Delta at Virginia Commonwealth University (2019).

Criteria for Membership in Theta Lambda Chapter

  • Advanced understanding in your academic field at VCU
    • A minimum of 45 credit hours of university coursework for undergraduate students
    • A minimum of 12 credit hours of VCU coursework as a graduate student
    • VCU faculty/staff member
    • Community member engaged with VCU international education initiatives
  • A dedication to academic excellence
    • 3.2 GPA or higher for undergraduates
    • 3.5 GPA or higher for graduate students
  • A commitment to global learning demonstrated through one of the following: 
    • Completion of a study abroad experience
    • Completion of Global Education Certificate from VCU Globe
    • Completion of at least four 300-level courses on international topics or themes
    • Enrolled as an international student
    • Teaching, research and other scholarly activities
    • Engaged with international education, international exchange and internationalization

Benefits of Phi Beta Delta

  • Recognition of international service, scholarship, education and involvement
  • Members are eligible to apply for the Phi Beta Delta Scholarship
  • Networking among chapter members as well as an invitation to networking events with local, national and international partners, organizations and speakers
  • Decoration with the Phi Beta Delta medallion
  • Access to the International Research and Review Journal
  • Support for international educational exchange


Annual Dues


  National Initiation Fee   

  National Dues   


  First Year  









*Initiation fee includes certificate and medallion


Honor Cord (optional)




  • Phi (philomatheia) - love of knowledge
  • Beta (biotremmonia) - valuing of human life
  • Delta (diapheren) - achieving excellence


The colors chosen for the honor society were red and gold. Red symbolizes the strength and diversity of humankind and gold is a symbol for the sun from which all people and cultures draw strength and life.


PBD MedallionThe Crest of the Society was designed with a globe, a torch, the sun, a book, and a shield.

The globe represents the international perspective of the Society's members. The torch symbolizes the leadership and influence of the Society. The sun stands for the energy from which all cultures draw strength. The book symbolizes the coining and sharing of knowledge. The shield represents the preservation of academic freedom.

The Society's motto, "Scientia Mutua Mundi" (World's Shared Knowledge), is inscribed at the base of the crest.


Executive Board

President: Amy Leap
Chapter Coordinator: Kelly Richard
President-Elect: Nichole Dorton
Treasurer: Sarah Carrier
Secretary/Social Chair: Alinah-Noelle Alegre

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