Incoming Students | Global Scholars

Become a Global Scholar

From your first semester, the Global Scholars Program prepares you to find your place on campus and in the world and to serve the global community. The Global Scholars Program is a four-year pathway that brings international and diverse perspectives to whatever you plan to study. The Global Scholars pathway complements any major, especially if you are preparing for a career working work with diverse people or in diverse communities

Incoming first-year students have a unique opportunity to begin their journey with the Global Scholars First-year Seminar and companion short-term study abroad courses.  

NEW! Fall 2021 First-Year Seminar + Study Abroad in Italy

The Global Scholars First-Year Seminar and January travel class off you a unique experience to study abroad as a freshman. Learn about Renaissance Florence on campus in the fall from expert faculty.  Then travel to Italy together in January 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.

Only 20 spots are available, so apply soon.

Reserve Your Spot

Florence, Italy

Experience Culture First-Hand

Learn about Renaissance Florence from expert faculty. Then travel to Italy to experience history and culture first-hand. From Galileo’s telescope to Brunelleschi’s dome, from Da Vinci’s genius to Michelangelo’s David, from Machiavellian maneuvers to Medici power, you will study the science and engineering, arts and letters, and philosophy and politics of Renaissance Florence during the fall first-year seminar. In Italy in January you will visit the Uffizi and Accademia galleries, the Duomo cathedral, the Medici and Davanzati palaces, Galileo and Da Vinci museums, and other sites of cultural and historical importance. 

Travel is Safe and Faculty-Supported

The Global Scholars program makes international education safe and affordable. Travel as a freshman with your first-year seminar faculty and classmates. In addition to learning about renaissance Florence, you will receive practical preparation for travel to modern Italy during the first-year seminar. Your health and safety are our first priority. Faculty are trained to support the safety and well-being of diverse students abroad. Travel may still be prohibited in January 2022 because of the ongoing COVID pandemic. Pacific University follows the international travel safety guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Department of State. 

Study Abroad is Affordable

You pay only airfare. Pacific pays the rest. This opportunity is possible thanks to generous support from the Dean and through grants from the U.S. Departments of State and U.S. Department of Education. Students may also apply for a limited number of short-term travel grants offered by Pacific Student Senate's ACE Board.

Global Scholars is for You

We invite all incoming first-year students to apply. You are especially encouraged to join us if you speak a second language, or come from diverse ethnic, economic, and social backgrounds. No prior international experience is required.  If you are unable to travel outside of the U.S., contact us to discuss alternatives.

Apply to Reserve Your Spot

Apply today to request your spot in the Global Scholars First Year Seminar and Global Explorations January travel course. Only 20 spots are available. An advisor will contact you about next steps. Submitting the application does not commit you to the program.

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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 academic, 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 |