Points of Pride

Photo Shelby Bedford

Student Shelby Bedford very engaged in Costa Rica.

Engaged Students

Global Studies majors and minors are involved in a wide variety of interests and activities across campus and across the world.  Recent graduates have double-majored in Global Studies and Political Science; another double-majored in Global Studies and Social Work.  Our students have interned at the United Nations in New York City and for the Foundation for Sustainable Development in San Francisco.  They have traveled from Costa Rica and Germany to Kenya and Vietnam.  They are involved in Model United Nations, the UIS International Students Association, and the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois.

Read double-major Riley Quilan’s story


Opportunities for International Study

photo of Zehra Ozkan

Student Zehra Özkan Shahidi [International Studies Minor, ’13] on study abroad in The Gambia.

Research shows that international experience makes people more flexible, creative and complex thinkers–skills employers are looking for! (Maddux et al, 2010, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol. 36 no. 6 731-741).

UIS Global Studies students have traveled abroad through the UIS Global Experience Programs to The Gambia, Mexico, Peru, Finland, Uganda, Costa Rica, China and more!  Hear Zehra’s story.


 China Faculty Exchange with University of Heilongjiang

The Global Studies Program coordinates the UIS/University of Heilongjiang Faculty Exchange Program.  The program is the oldest such program at UIS, having been established in 1983.  Every year a faculty member from the School of Western Studies at the University of Heilongjiang spends a year at UIS, taking classes, presenting lectures, and engaging in research.  In turn, UIS sends a UIS  China Faculty Exchange Fellow to Harbin, China (home of University of Heilongjiang) .  UIS Faculty present lectures to Chinese classes, learn about Chinese culture, and expand on their research interests.

China Exchange Faculty

University of Illinois Springfield and University of Heilongjiang China Exchange Scholars, June 2013