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Rutgers University-Newark’s Office of Global Initiatives & Experiential Learning has announced programs for Summer 2019.  Program opportunities are available for undergraduate and graduate students.  The Office of Global Initiatives & Experiential Learning will release travel application in October 2018.

For additional information please visit The Office of Global Initiatives & Experiential Learning website below.


Southwest Immersion Program (Spring Break 2019) 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

This unique program offers an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, participants will be inspired by the world-class backpacking and hiking excursions in the pristine wilderness areas. Through our community partners, students will engage the old Puebloan structures, artisans from Hopi and Navajo communities and natural science of the southwest.​

INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP EXCHANGE: GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief and Community Resilience Project (June 2019)

Puerto Rico

Nearly a year post hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has been forgotten. Camera crews and journalists are no longer in sight and efforts to help have weakened. Still, groups of people from around the world remain hopeful and are making an impact. In collaboration with Newark’s Public School students, the International Leadership Exchange Global Scholars come together with rural communities to create sustainable change.

The Power of Sustainable Living  (August 2019):
Marlow, New Hampshire

During this unique program, students will travel to Marlow, New Hampshire for an immersion in sustainable life at the Kroka Village. Nestled in the beautiful backdrop of the New Hampshire landscape, students will engage a working farm where food is grown by the work of many hands, and homes are built from natural materials. At Kroka learning comes alive as students are challenged to engage the landscape while learning to become community engaged citizens and stewards of the environment.


IInternational Public Interest/Public Charities (Winter 2018)
The Dominican Republic 

Eight-day intensive program in the Dominican Republic partners Rutgers Law School, Rutgers School of Physical Therapy and SPAA with Cambiando Vidas, an established 501(c)(3). Already a successful home-building non-profit modeled on Habitat-for-Humanity, Cambiando Vidas will team residents of an impoverished rural Dominican village of Las Charcas with students from the Law School, SPAA and the Physical Therapy School in the construction of a sturdy, modern home for a poor family from the village. Students will spend the mornings each day building the home and mingling with the community, and the afternoons and evenings in an intensive course in Non-Profit Corporations/Tax-Exempt Organizations. The course can be used to satisfy the law school skills requirement for graduation. 


Tanzania & Zanzibar

The field study to Tanzania and Zanzibar, introduces participants to the complexity of creating community change in culturally dynamic environments. A partnership with Zanzibar University, the Ministry of Education-Korona School District and our nonprofit colleagues in Arusha and Maasailand, this program prepares and challenges participants to cross boundaries of difference as global-minded social change agents.

Civic Dialogue, Democracy, and the Arts (July 2019) 
A hands-on course for those engaged or interested in the arts as well as those with leadership ambitions who want to better understand the power of the arts as a tool for social good. Based in Warsaw and northeastern Poland, this is an intense two-week international course in which students work with faculty at Warsaw University and workshop leaders at the polish ngo, the borderland foundation, learning and exploring how the art and media-centered reporting can be used to engage local communities to generate positive change at a local, municipal and even national level.

Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy (Summer 2019)

In operation since 2012, is a Rutgers Study Abroad summer program that teaches undergraduate and graduate students archaeological field skills and methods. Among these are: excavation techniques; site recording and management skills; the handling, processing and preserving of site materials, such as mosaics, painted wall plaster, pottery, human remains and other small finds. Student participants will acquire this training by doing these things on site in Italy under the supervision of academic and professional field specialists.



PEACE BOAT (Summer 2019) 

Peace Education and the SDGS in Latin America  
Travel in Central America and Mexico with the Peace Boat and learn about the United Nation’s Sustainable Development in an experiential study program on Peace Boat’s 98th Voyage visiting Panama, Costa Rica, and Mexico. The Peace Boat is an intensive shipboard peace and sustainability studies program providing participants with the insight and skills necessary to be change agents in the areas of education, activism, and peace-building activities community engaged lens.

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Various Programs 

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

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Various Programs  (Semester + ) 

The Rutgers Global, Study Abroad program expand students’ global education through our 180 study abroad and service-learning abroad programs. With scholarship offerings and opportunities in every world region regardless of major, study abroad is an option for every Rutgers student, not just a select few. 

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Travel funding resources

The BOLD Chancellor’s Travel Grant  

The Rutgers University-Newark Office of the Chancellor in collaboration with the BOLD Women’s Leadership Network is offering a travel scholarship for women students to pursue immersive international or domestic travel programs aimed at enhancing their educational experiences. RU-N undergraduate students who are female or identify as women are eligible to apply for scholarship awards of $2,000-$5,000 toward program costs for travel during the summer 2019 academic year. For more information, contact Tsihai Hanson, National Director of BOLD Women's Leadership Network.


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. Undergraduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright award should make an appointment with Brian Murphy (, Director of the Honors College. Graduate students interested in applying for a Fulbright award should make an appointment with Kinna Perry (, Associate Dean of the Graduate School-Newark.

Rutgers Global Scholarships 

Rutgers Global (New Brunswick) offers scholarships for students who are researching ways to reduce their travel expenses. In addition to searching for funding for study abroad and international education programs, students may want to consider searching for funding sources that base awards on such factors as financial need, merit, the location of study, ethnicity, the field of study, volunteer work, and more. The Rutgers Global team have advisors who can advise applicants through the process. 

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