International Experience

It is critical for Global Studies students to deepen their understanding of cultural and global issues by participating in an international immersion experience.  Majors are thus required to  study abroad for a semester or full-academic year with an approved program through the Center for International Studies.  Because of our commitment to engaged learning, an internship, service-learning course, and/or community-based action research project is an integral component of each of the more than 125 approved Global Studies Recognized Study Abroad Programs located in 45 countries around the world.  Some students may apply to fulfill this requirement over the summer at an approved study abroad program or petition to attend an alternative program that meets the Global Studies study abroad requirements.

Global Service-Learning Trips

Travel, experience, reflection, and academic inquiry form the foundation of global service-learning experiences at Providence College. In a process that deepens learning and enhances either January or Alternative Break travel experience, students analyze and reflect upon travel and community engagement in a related course throughout the spring term. This experience serves as a central “text” of the course which students analyze and reflect upon their with their classmates, both while on the trip and back on campus through  class discussions, assignments and in sharing their experience. Read more about Global Service-Learning Trips.

Study Abroad

Global Studies majors are required to create an ePortfolio known as the Curation of Learning to document their learning experiences. Through this platform, students stay attuned to their learning progress and document academic and non-academic experiences. The Curation of Learning is founded on five pillars, global awareness, global understanding, language proficiency, cultural competency and civic engagement. Through these frameworks, students engage in a process of continuous learning that informs their future choices and actions. As a way to reflect on international experiences, students are encouraged to maintain a blog while studying abroad. Click on the links below to read about the experiences of students currently studying abroad, and those who have recently returned.

Check out where Global Studies majors have studied abroad!

As of Spring 2015, Global Studies majors have studied abroad (or are currently studying) in over 45 different cities around the world. Click on the pins to explore the cities and see which academic programs have been used.

During the Spring 2015 semester, Global Studies students are studying abroad in Argentina, China, Ireland, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and Thailand! The map below shows where those students are studying, but also where students have studied abroad in the past.