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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 various countries, 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 Argentina, Costa Rica, or Guatemala, 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?

GESI is offered in the summer and the fall.

Next program: June 15 - August 20, 2020

  • June 15-22  Pre-departure coursework in Chicago
  • June 23- August 17  In-country immersion
  • August 18-20  Final reflection summit in Chicago


  • Salta, Argentina (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • San Jose, Costa Rica (Partner: Institute for Central American Development Studies)
  • Winneba, Ghana (Partner: Amizade)
  • Nebaj, Guatemala (Partner: Social Entrepreneur Corps)
  • Jinja, Uganda (Partner: Foundation for Sustainable Development)
  • Hanoi, Vietnam (Partner: Kaya Responsible Travel)

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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