Undergraduate Students

Students abroad in 2018

The GESI program and ULA merge to offer “one-stop shop” experience for study abroad

The merger makes it easier for Northwestern students to access study abroad services.

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More than 70 undergrads awarded grants for international research, study in summer 2018

The Buffett Institute’s Global Engagement office has awarded 73 global summer grants and scholarships for undergraduates this summer.

Atlas Corps Fellows from Kenya and Vietnam strengthen the Buffett Institute's undergraduate programs

Catherine Miano and Ha Nguyen bring their experience to support the Buffett Institute's Global Engagement office.

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Bridget Calendo-Spaeth joins the Buffett Institute as senior director of operations and strategic planning

The Buffett Institute welcomes Bridget Calendo-Spaeth as its next senior director of operations and strategic planning.

Fred Swaniker

Higher education innovator and entrepreneur Fred Swaniker named the 2018 Buffett Award winner

Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker has been selected as the 2018 Buffett Award recipient.

Buffett International SIGP award winner Izzy de la Guardia

Buffett SIGP student spotlight: Izzy de la Guardia

The Buffett International SIGP award supports undergraduates who want to complete unique, unpaid internships abroad.

Recent NU grads talk about GESI

Recent Northwestern graduates explain how GESI shaped their post-college path

Here are a few examples of recent Northwestern alums whose GESI experience helped shape their post-graduation plans.

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Where in the world will you find Buffett undergraduates this summer?

Thanks to funding from Buffett, over 80 Northwestern undergraduates will work, study, and conduct research in 26 countries and six continents this summer.

Students Roldan and Olsen in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

Buffett undergraduate research published in journals dedicated to improving global service learning experiences

Wendy Roldan, Caroline Olsen, and Chris Harlow all studied outcomes and sustainability of international service learning projects.

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Buffett SIGP spotlight: Timothy Mwiti helps create a coding bootcamp in Nairobi

As part of his internship, Mwiti helped students develop their own apps and network with tech leaders in "Silicon Savannah."

FSD site director Margaret Amanyire with Northwestern students

An interview with FSD site director and GESI partner Margaret Nassozi Amanyire

Margaret Nassozi Amanyire is the director at FSD’s Jinja, Uganda office. She was the first site director to work with GESI in developing its international development programs for undergraduates.

Q&A with Regina Honu, 2017 Buffett Award Winner

2017 Buffett Award winner Regina Agyare Honu answers a few questions about herself and her work.

Regina Agyare Honu

Buffett undergraduate affiliates select Regina Agyare Honu as the 2017 Buffett Award winner

Buffett Institute undergraduate affiliates have chosen Regina Honu as their 2017 Buffett Award winner.

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Peace through my lens: Davis project winner designs fine arts camp for young girls in Jordan

Each year, the Davis Projects for Peace program awards a $10,000 grant to an undergraduate to design grassroots “projects for peace.”

Hannah's homestay in Kenya

The GESI homestay experience: Kakamega, Kenya

GESI host families offer the rare opportunity to truly integrate undergraduates into the local culture and build meaningful relationships that will last long past their stay.

Students participate in community development projects on three continents

In collaboration with local staff, students participating in GESI completed community development projects across the world.

Buffett funds more than 30 undergrads to research and work abroad this summer

Check out where our Buffett International SiGP winners, Buffett supplemental grant winners, and CBR Fellows are living and working this summer.

Beyond the Seal

"Beyond the Seal" reveals the hidden costs of 40 cent bananas

The documentary, which is part video and part interactive website, profiles the lives of banana farmers in Ecuador, whose struggle with poverty and the hazardous health conditions of banana farming inspired Katherine and Leah to make the film.

GESI wins Ashoka U-Cordes award for innovation in higher education

GESI wins Ashoka award for innovation in higher education

GESI’s commitment to global partnerships and community-based learning has helped it stand out from other study abroad programs.

Thanks to Roberta Buffett's gift, the Buffett Center transformed into an Institute in 2015

Celebrating our first year as the Buffett Institute

Check out the new programs and opportunities launched at the Buffett Institute over the past year.

Parker, a fall GESI participant, with her colleagues in Kenya

Why study abroad with GESI in the fall?

As the deadline to study abroad in the fall approaches, make sure you know why participating in the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is a great option! Many of you have already signed up for the summer program, but there here is why fall can be a better option for many students.

CBR Fellowships for Buffett Institute undergraduates

Community-Based Research Fellowship allows GESI alums to build their own research projects abroad

Learn about undergraduate summer research projects at the Buffett Institute.

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GESI's ongoing partnership with UGER helps promote reproductive health in India

Several teams of GESI students have collaborated with Jatan Sansthan in Udaipur, India, where students helped develop their innovative and globally recognized UGER sanitary pad product.

GESI 2015 Summary: Jatan Sansthan

Jematia Chepyator, Vivien Hastings and Kamila Muhammad worked as interns at Jatan Sansthan, a grassroots NGO that focuses on the empowerment of youth and women.

Wendy and Caroline constructing ecological cookers

GESI 2015 Summary: CEDESOL

More than four million women and children die each year from indoor air pollution. This GESI project helped build the beginnings of an education and training program for communities using ecological cookers in Bolivia.

CFMS Geneva Interns 2015

Buffett Institute and SIGP Fund Undergraduate Internships at UN Conference on Refugees

This summer, funding from the Buffett Institute and the Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP)

CFMS Director Galya Ruffer and 2015 Geneva Interns

CFMS Works in Pursuit of Solutions at the UNHCR Annual Consultations in Geneva

The Center for Forced Migration Studies goes to UNHCR's Annual Consultations with NGOs to discuss refugee rights and protection,

Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Fall 2015

New Director & Fall Programming for Keyman Modern Turkish Studies

The Keyman Program has a new director, new course offerings, lectures, and other exciting events lined up for the 2015-2016 year.

Children learn to play the piano at a music summer camp

Davis Project Winner Creates Summer of "Musical Peace"

Northwestern's Davis Project for Peace winner Maria Massucco designed a grassroots project that addressed peace in her home state of North Carolina.

Funding opportunities, Buffett Award new to undergrads in fall 2015

In fall 2015, Buffett undergraduates have increased funding opportunities and the chance to vote for an emerging leader in global development and social change to receive the Buffett Award.

Streets of Turkey

Student Photo Contest: "Streets of Turkey"

The Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program invites submissions to the “Streets of Turkey” photography competition.

GESI Receives EDIE Award

GESI Honored with Excellence in Diversifying International Education (EDIE) Award

The Buffet Institute accepted the EDIE award on behalf of Northwestern during the Third Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.

Recent CFMS Alum with her students in Thailand

CFMS Alumni Updates

One of the Buffett Institute's most popular research programs offers exceptional opportunites that continue to guide and enhance the professional careers of Northwestern alumni.

GESI Students in Jinja, Uganda

Learning Where the Shoe Pinches Most

The ongoing relationship between ORUDE and GESI has been an exceptional example of the type of social impact that can be achieved through mutual respect and thoughtful collaboration.

The Buffett Institute introduces new programming thanks to a gift from Roberta Buffett Elliott

Announcing New Programs and Funding at the Buffett Institute

Thanks to a gift from Roberta Buffett Elliott, the Buffett institute is launching several exciting opportunities

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iGEM Hosts Campus Day for Young Refugee Students

Teaching girls about college and why they should apply.

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New Programs, Scholarships, and Website for GESI 2015!

Global service learning program expands to fall quarter, adds new location in Kenya

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GESI Program: Undergraduate struggles and successes with international development

From planting community gardens to decontaminating water, GESI participants share their experience working on community-development around the world.