The Global Studies Experience (GSE) offers you the opportunity to connect academic inquiry with experiential activity by participating in volunteer or study placements around the globe. Living and working in different cultural contexts alongside community partners sets the stage for learning about yourself in relation to others, and broadens your awareness of the challenges of global justice and social equity.
In recent years, Global Studies students have lived, learned and contributed to local development and peace building initiatives in a diverse range of cultural contexts, from South Africa to Nepal, from Vanuatu to Guatemala.
In the winter term, you'll take GS398: Global Studies in Practice, a course that helps you think critically about the possibilities and limitations of fieldwork in the context of the GSE. In the summer (May to August), you'll volunteer for a minimum of four weeks with a global organization. Some students volunteer for up to three months. Upon your return in the fall, you'll take GS399: Post-Field Placement. This course works within a social justice framework to help you make sense of, and build upon, your international experiences by engaging in locally based community service-learning initiatives.
Students are encouraged to begin the GSE in their third year.
We accept applications in the fall term every year. To apply for the GSE and enrol in GS398, you must complete at least 2.0 credits at the 200 level, and attain at least a 7.0 (B-) average in your major(s).
The cost of the GSE varies depending on where you decide to go, for how long, and whether the organization you go with has fees. There is a range of different experiences for different budgets. The average cost of a trip in recent years is $3,000. In GS398, you will develop and implement a fundraising proposal. Global Studies majors may also receive funds from the Global Studies Education Abroad Fund ($40,000 is available).