Our Program

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a study abroad program that provides undergraduates with the knowledge, tools and experiences to confront shared global challenges. Through service-learning in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda, teams of students join the efforts of local organizations to advance community-driven change.

GESI is a unique, credit-bearing program that combines rigorous academic training through intensive pre-departure preparation and a final reflection summit with 8-10 weeks of hands-on international fieldwork. While abroad, students live in homestays and gain professional experience through internships with grassroots organizations, addressing issues such as public health, education, women’s empowerment, and the environment. Our nationally recognized program represents one of the most comprehensive approaches for multidisciplinary, integrative, and engaged learning. 

Plan Ahead

Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation for GESI Northwestern students

GESI Summer Start Date
JUNE 15, 2015

GESI Fall Start Date
SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Did you miss the GESI application deadline? Contact us to see if there may be space available for summer or fall 2015!


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