Global Scholars First Year Travel Stipends

Students abroad smile at the camera with mountains and clouds in the background.All first year students are invited to apply for the Global Scholars First Year Travel stipend, which offers students a discount of at least $850 to participate in one of four Spring 2020 short-term travel courses listed below.

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Students with second language proficiency and diverse cultural or linguistic backgrounds are 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.

The final amount of the stipend will range between $850 and $1500, depending on the number of students who apply and are selected for the program.

First year students are not usually allowed to participate in short term travel courses.  All faculty teaching spring 2020 courses have agreed to allow first year students to participate. Those selected for Global Scholar First Year Travel awards will receive additional support to prepare for international travel. First year students will get to know their fellow travelers and faculty and learn more about the topic and country through the companion travel preparation course.  

How to Apply

Learn more about the travel courses below and decide which is most interesting to you. Then submit an online application for the award. Applications are due by 5 p.m. November 1, 2019. We will notify recipients no later than November 8, 2019.

Application Questions

Travel Course Ranking | Please rank the travel courses in order of your preference. If you are not interested in a course, please indicate that as well.

Statement of Purpose | Write a brief statement of purpose explaining where you want to travel and why. Describe your interest in the location you selected. Why do you want to travel to this location? How does it fit with your interests or your goals? If you don't feel a strong preference for one location, explain your interest more generally in participating in one of these international travel courses. Response is limited to 3000 characters (about 500 words).

Linguistic and cultural background | Please tell us about second languages you speak, ethnic or cultural backgrounds you identify with, or experiences you have had with people who are different than you.

Prior Experience | Please describe any prior international experience. No prior international experience is necessary to participate.

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If Selected for an Award

If you are selected for an award, the next step is to learn about and register for the courses. We will notify recipients no later than November 8, 2019. Before winter break, recipients will be invited to an informal meeting of the travel course faculty and fellow award recipients. At this meeting you will learn more about the courses and what to expect.

Registration and Payment

If you are selected for an award, the next step is to learn about and register for the courses. Each travel course has a companion preparation course taught in the spring. Enroll in both the preparation and travel course during spring advising and registration. First year students are not usually permitted on short-term travel courses, and registration requires special permission of the faculty. These restrictions are waived for Global Scholars First Year Travel stipend award recipients.

Payments for travel courses are distributed across the semester. These dates are guidelines only— each course sets its own payment schedule. The first payment, usually $100, will generally be due November 15 when you register for courses. The second payment is due February 13, corresponding to the add/drop deadline for spring courses. After the second payment, you are responsible for the full amount, even if you later decide not to travel. The final payment is due around Spring Break on March 23. Payment must be made in full by the last day of Spring semester.


Qualifying Spring 2020 Travel Courses


June 1 – June 12, 2020 (tentative)

SPAN 222 Travel Preparation: Spain
SPAN 226 Travel to Spain

ENGW 222 Travel Writing in Spain Preparation
ENGW 226 Travel Writing in Spain

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 (tentative)

PH 255 Travel: Namibia Public Health Preparation
PH 255 Travel: Namibia Public Health

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 (tentative)

IS 235 Costa Rica: Travel Preparation
IS 236 Costa Rica: Service Learning Abroad

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

HUM 355 Habitat for Humanity Travel Preparation
CIV 355 Habitat for Humanity Travel to Romania

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)

Contact Us

Erica Andree | Director Center for Languages and International Collaboration
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