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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

GESI APPLICATION OPENS

EARLY NOVEMBER, STAY TUNED!

NORTHWESTERN STUDY ABROAD FAIR

NOV 11, 2015, NORRIS

GESI INFO SESSIONS

OCT 14 at 12 PM
OCT 19 at 5:30 PM
NOV 16 at 5:30 PM
NOV 19 at 12 PM
INFO SESSIONS ARE HELD AT THE BUFFETT INSTITUTE, 1902 SHERIDAN RD, EVANSTON

 

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