Greetings from Northwestern University’s Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)!


The GESI study abroad program immerses students in experiential learning for 8 or 10 weeks. It develops global leaders while contributing to the sustainable development of communities where students work and learn. Sites are run by GESI’s on-the-ground partners and offer students the opportunity to address issues in areas such as health, education/youth, environmental sustainability, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, microfinance, and more.

If you are looking for a program where you learn by doing and are ready to challenge yourself in the pursuit of global social change, GESI is for you.

Here are the GESI basics:


What: GESI participants design and implement a community development project with their host community and a small, interdisciplinary team of talented students from across the country.


Who: Any undergraduate or recent graduate seeking hands-on field experience with comprehensive academic preparation.


Where: Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, or Uganda.


When: Summer (June 10 – August 17, 2017) or Fall (September 11 – December 9, 2017)


Why:  So many reasons!


  • Meaningful cultural immersionthrough homestays
  • Northwestern course credits (the equivalent of up to 6 semester hours in summer or 12 semester hours in the fall)
  • On-the-ground professionalexperience
  • An opportunity to help spark change by working with and empowering community members on the ground
  • Lifelong friendshipswith passionate students from around the country, and with development partners around the world


How: Apply online by February 10 for the fall term or March 1 for summer.


To learn more: Watch this 90-second video about why students are thankful for GESI, visit, subscribe to our listserv, or email our office at


Meghan Ozaroski

Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)

Buffett Institute for Global Studies

Northwestern University

601 University Place, Suite 8

Evanston, IL 60208

T: 847.491.5932

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