Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)

Mission or Purpose

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) prepares
 undergraduate students with the knowledge, tools,
 and experiences to confront shared global
 challenges. Through transformative opportunities
 in international service learning, students
 form partnerships with grassroots community organizations — and the communities themselves — in the developing
 world to advance sustainable, community-driven change.

Program Description

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) will give you the opportunity to learn from and work with communities in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, and Uganda. Earn 2 credits while addressing issues such as health, education, environment, youth, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, and microfinance. If you are looking for a program where you learn by doing and are ready to get your hands dirty in the pursuit of global social change, GESI is for you!


All undergrads and recent grads are welcome to apply to GESI. Applicants must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better, or provide a written plan on how to raise your GPA. Students applying for our sites in Latin America should have 1-2 years of college Spanish, or the equivalent.

Application Information

Visit the GESI website for more information about the application process.  Please note: Apply early for your best chance to be accepted to your first-choice country location.

Contact Information

Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)
Phone: 847.491.5932