First-Year Travel | Global Scholars

NEW! Now accepting applications for Fall 2021

Applications are now open for the 2021 Global Scholars First-Year Seminar.  All incoming first-year students are invited to apply. You are especially encouraged to apply if you speak a second language or come from diverse ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds.  No prior international experience is required.

Apply today to request your spot in the Global Scholars First Year Seminar and Global Explorations January travel course. An advisor will contact you about next steps.You are especially encouraged to join if you speak a second langauge, or come from diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and social backgrounds.

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First Year Travel

The Global Scholars First-Year Seminar and January travel class off you a unique experience to study abroad as a freshman. Each year the topic and location changes.  In 2021 you will learn about Renaissance Florence from expert faculty.  Then travel to Italy together to experience history and culture first-hand.

The Global Scholars Program makes international education safe and affordable.  Travel as a freshman with your first-year seminar faculty and classmates. Pacific pays most of the cost.  You pay only airfare.  

2021 Global Scholars First Year Seminar + Global Explorations Travel Course:  

Renaissance Florence: A Social and Cultural History of Politics, Art, and Science

The topic of the 2021-22 Global Scholars First-Year Seminar is Renaissance Florence: A Social and Cultural History of Politics, Art, and Science taught by history professor, Dr. Rick Jobs, and professor of politics, Dr. Jim Moore. The course will examine the conditions of the Renaissance in Florence of the late 14th to the early 17th centuries. From Galileo’s telescope to Brunelleschi’s dome, from Da Vinci’s genius to Michelangelo’s David, from Machiavellian maneuvers to Medici power, students will study the science and engineering, arts and letters, and philosophy and politics of Renaissance Florence. Students will learn about despots and republics as well as humanism and classical ideals of art and architecture all within the context of a vibrant city while paying close attention to questions of gender and social order. This course reveals the origins of many modern ideas we still adhere to today. The fall 2021 FYS course will study Renaissance Florence in detail prior to relocating to Florence for the winter 2022 travel course.

Learning Outcomes

The Global Scholars FYS course shares the learning objectives held in common by all sections of first-year seminar, while it also prepares students to study abroad in January by providing intercultural and logistical preparation. Completion of the Global Scholars FYS and Global Explorations courses fulfills students’ FYS and International & Diverse Perspectives (IDP) core graduation requirements.

Global Explorations (HUM 101) Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, student will be able to:

  • critically reflect on their experience in the global destination and synthesize that experience with the readings and discussions from the prep course.
  • develop self-culture and other-culture awareness through their interactions with people at the travel destination.
  • apply disciplinary or interdisciplinary research methods to a project during course.

International & Diverse Perspectives (IDP) Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completing an IDP course, student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an interdisciplinary or disciplinary understanding of cultural diversity through the examination of languages, values, and practices from around the world.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how social categories (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, class, sexual orientation, language, religion or belief, or other forms of social differentiation) and social and cultural context influence one’s understanding of the world or point of view.
  • Explain how cultural self-awareness promotes effective cross-cultural interaction.


Contact Us

Jann Purdy | Chair of International Studies, Professor of French
Carnegie 101-B | 503-352-1564 |

Erica Andree | Director, Center for Languages and International Collaboration
CLIC Scott 100 | 503-352-1607 |

Melissa Vieira | Global Scholars Advisor, Academic and Career Advising Center
Chapman Hall 201 | 503-352-3126 |