Global Scholars First Year Travel Stipends

Students abroad smile at the camera with mountains and clouds in the background.In 2019-20 all first year students were invited to apply for Global Scholars First Year Travel stipends to participate in one of four Spring 2020 short-term travel courses listed below.  All courses were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Students with second language proficiency and diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds were especially encouraged to apply.  

The goal of the Global Scholars Program is to provide equitable access to the benefits of study abroad.  We believe that well supported, early exposure to international education can lead to student participation in traditional semester or year long study abroad later on.  No prior international experience is required.

First year students are not usually allowed to participate in short term travel courses.  All faculty teaching spring 2020 courses agreed to allow first year students to participate. First year students got to know their fellow travelers and faculty and learned more about the topic and country through the companion travel preparation course.  

Spring 2020 Travel Courses accepting first year students


June 1 – June 12, 2020 (Cancelled)

SPAN 222 Travel Preparation: Spain
SPAN 226 Travel to Spain (Cancelled)

ENGW 222 Travel Writing in Spain Preparation
ENGW 226 Travel Writing in Spain (Cancelled)

Tentative cost before stipend: $3300-$3400

2+2 credits. Core: International and Diverse Perspectives, ENGW: Artistic Practice and Creative Process

Travel to Spain to learn about Spain's history, politics, art, architecture, culture, and current events. Attend cultural events such as a bullfight, flamenco performance, a soccer match, or zarzuela (Spanish opera), and reflect on differences between Spanish culture and your own. By immersing yourself in another culture and place, you will practice the skills of effective journaling, deep observation, and descriptive writing. A specific focus on journal keeping, observational skills, and strong, narrative based prose will provide a solid foundation for students seeking an introduction to travel writing. Spanish track requires completion of 102 or higher level Spanish or intermediate low proficiency.

Contact professors Marcus Welsh and Brent Johnson to learn more about the course.

Information Session Slides (ppt)


May 18-June 6, 2020 (Cancelled)

PH 255 Travel: Namibia Public Health Preparation
PH 255 Travel: Namibia Public Health (Cancelled)

Tentative cost before stipend: $3800

2+2 Credits. Core: International and Diverse Perspectives and Social Systems and Behavior

Join public health faculty in traveling to Namibia, a desert country located on the coast of southern Africa to explore topics related to global health, community-based models of development, and globalization. We will begin in the capital city of Windhoek, where we will visit sites of cultural and political importance. Next, we will travel locally to learn about the history and traditions of the San tribe, an indigenous group whose ancestors are thought to be the first inhabitants of the region. The class will then fly to the northern region of Oshana to meet students and faculty at the University of Namibia's School of Public Health. You will learn key principles of global health fieldwork through visiting non-governmental organizations working to bring needed healthcare to rural, underserved areas. The trip will end with a multi-day safari seeing many of Africa's "big 5" animals in Etosha National Park.

Contact professors Rebecca Schoon and Matthew Town to learn more about the course.


May 22 – June 6, 2020 (Cancelled)

IS 235 Costa Rica: Travel Preparation
IS 236 Costa Rica: Service Learning Abroad (Cancelled)

Tentative cost before stipend: $2650-$2850.

2+2 Credits. Core: International and Diverse Perspectives and Civic Engagement

Informational Poster (pdf)

Learn about Costa Rica from an international studies perspective (political science, economics, history, anthropology, human geography). We will give particular attention to issues of environment, health, the historical role of coffee, and income inequality and poverty. In Costa Rica you will participate in service learning, providing manual labor on a project in a lower-income urban area and volunteering on lower-income eco-friendly farms (e.g., shade coffee) in rural Monteverde. This will deepen your understanding of service learning and environment, health and income issues in Costa Rica, while providing services which locals find valuable. This trip includes home stays with Costa Rican families, and a weekend rest at Samara beach.

Contact professor Mike Miller to learn more about the course.


May 29 – June 13, 2020 (Cancelled)

HUM 355 Habitat for Humanity Travel Preparation
CIV 355 Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania (Cancelled)

Tentative cost before stipend: $3030-3680

2+2 Credits. Core: International and Diverse Perspectives and Civic Engagement

Travel to Romania where you will engage in cultural explorations and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity. The course begins with visits to Bucharest–a modern large city–and Southern Transylvania, where you will learn about Romania's culture, politics, art, architecture, and food. In the second week, you will volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and build houses for low-income families.

Contact professors Ramona Ilea and Roxana Ciochina to learn more about the course.

Information Session Slides (pdf)

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Erica Andree | Director Center for Languages and International Collaboration
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