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Global Engagement Studies Institute in Nicaragua

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Sponsor: Northwestern University Buffett Center for International and Comparative Studies (BCICS)

Location:  Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua


Students learn about international development, global engagement practices, project management, leadership, entrepreneurship and the realities of contemporary Nicaraguan life by connecting them with community based organizations to co-design and collaboratively implement a small-scale community development project. The program has three phases: (1) eight days of pre-departure coursework at Northwestern University, which prepares students for their project-based immersion, (2) eight weeks in Nicaragua working with a local community based organization, (3) a final reflection summit at Northwestern University.

Program Type: Northwestern-Sponsored


  • Summer

Languages: English, Spanish

Language Requirements: 

1 year or the equivalent of college-level Spanish.


Home stays

Program Costs: 

Visit the GESI website for cost information.