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The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)

Term To Study: Summer 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2018
Program Category: Multi-Country
Program Type: Provider
Program Fee: $8,104
Link 1: GESI Home Page
Link 2: Estimated Costs
Program Countries:

Program Locations:

Bolivia Cochabamba
Dominican Republic Santa Cruz del Seibo
Ghana Without locations
India Udaipur
Nicaragua Ciudad Sandino
Uganda Jinja
Contact Phone: 312-567-3680
Contact Name: Kerianne Mahoney
Contact Email:
What is Included: - Tuition for two Northwestern courses, equal to 2 Northwestern credits
- Lodging and meals in Chicago area during the Summits
- Local transportation in the Chicago area during pre-departure coursework and final reflection summits
- Classroom instruction by country-experts, language teachers, development practitioners, and others
- Country programming, orientation upon arrival, language instruction, and work transportation stipend
- Lodging and three per day meals provided by homestay family in-country
- HTH Worldwide Health Insurance coverage, the recognized leader in student travel health plans (required)
- Access to emergency evacuation coverage from International SOS, the world’s leading international healthcare, medical assistance, and security services company
- 24/7 on-the-ground support for health, safety, and other issues
What is not Included: - Travel to and from Chicago for the Summits (students responsible for making these arrangements)
- Airfare to host country (GESI will organize group tickets at students’ expense; more information will be posted on the Travel, Passport, Visa page when available)
- Visa fees and immunizations/vaccinations (as required)
- Spending money: although the amount of spending money students expend during the program varies based upon individual students’ spending habits, countries, and exchange rates, the average amount that students reported spending in 2014 was between $250-$500. Most students used this money for souvenirs, gifts, eating in restaurants, entertainment, and tourist excursions.
Program Description

GESI is administered by Northwestern University's Buffett Institute.

Moving beyond traditional study abroad and “poverty tourism” programs, GESI provides opportunities in collaborative experiential learning—opportunities that develop global leaders while contributing to the sustainable development of communities in which our students work and learn.

GESI has brought together nearly 400 students from over 70 colleges and universities around the country to learn from and work with communities in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, India, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Uganda.

These sites are run by our on-the-ground partners and offer students the opportunity to address issues such as health, education, environment, youth, women’s empowerment, social enterprise development, and microfinance.

You are eligible for GESI if:

- You are a current undergraduate, including seniors.
- Northwestern students: your cumulative GPA is 2.0 to 2.5 or higher (exceptions made for students who provide written plan for raising their GPA). Non-Northwestern students: your cumulative GPA is 2.5 or higher.
-For applicants to sites in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala or Nicaragua, you have taken at least one year of college-level Spanish language courses, or the equivalent during high school. There is no language requirement for the other sites.
- You are open-minded, flexible, and humble.


Doing Development: The Theory and Practice of Community Engagement

Development in the Global Context

Quick Facts

Population: 10290003
Capital: La Paz
Per-capita GDP: $ 4900
Size: 1098581 km2
Time Zone: (GMT - 04:00 hours) Atlantic Time (Canada)

US State Department

Travel Warning: No

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