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Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)

The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) at Northwestern is a study abroad
 program (8-10 weeks) 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, Uganda, Ghana, or Guatemala, teams of students join the efforts of local organizations to advance
 community-driven change.

Who is eligible?

  • Current undergraduates, including seniors
  • Cumulative GPA is 2.0 to 2.5 or higher (exceptions made for students who provide written plan for raising their GPA)
  • For applicants to sites in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala or Nicaragua, you have taken at least one year of college-level Spanish language courses, or the equivalent during high school. There is no language requirement for the other sites.
  • You are open-minded, flexible, and humble

When is it?

8-10 weeks in either fall, spring, or summer


  • Cochabamba, Bolivia (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • Santa Cruz del Seibo, Dominican Republic (Partner: Social Entrepreneur Corps)
  • Jukwa, Ghana (Partner: Amizade Global Service-Learning)
  • Antigua, Guatemala (Partner: Social Entrepreneur Corps)
  • Udaipur, India (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • Kakamega, Kenya (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • Masaya, Nicaragua (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • Jinja, Uganda (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)

Learn more about GESI locations


The application to a GESI program consists of an online application form and an interview. Learn more and apply for GESI at
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