Global Experiences

Valerie Sanchez-Indep Day

SFS students engage with the global community throughout their time at Georgetown. From activities and certificates through one of SFS’s world-class regional centers and programs, to study abroad, international summer internships and research, Centennial Lab classes; or spring break opportunities, more than 70% of SFS students spend time abroad during their undergraduate experience.

Whether you want to earn credit or participate on trips and volunteer opportunities, students have a large number of options to choose from, including (but not limited to):

Ty Loft in Mágoè National Park, Mozambique.

SFS students often spend their summers exploring independent research, internships, or volunteer experiences. Whether you are looking for immersion programs to study in the local language or you would like something dynamic, short-term, and in English, take the time to explore the opportunities that are right for you.

Ty Loft (SFS ’19) is among the students who have taken full advantage of these opportunities. Throughout his time at Georgetown, Loft has studied abroad in Brazil and worked as a Beeck Center impact fellow with El Nido Resorts in the Philippines. Most recently, Loft spent time in Mozambique doing field research for his thesis.

Ann-Kathrin Merz escaped the busy streets of Rio de Janeiro for a serene sunset at Christ the Redeemer.

“I realized that the Mozambican civil war had wiped out Mozambique’s ecotourism industry and that even twenty-five years after its conclusion, Mozambique had not yet been able to rebuild their system of parks,” Loft says. So he went to Mozambique himself to study the state of their national parks.

As the 2018 recipient of the Circumnavigator Grant awarded annually to an SFS junior by the Circumnavigator’s Foundation and the SFS, Ann-Kathrin Merz (SFS’19) traveled to nine countries on three different continents in 90 days conducting research on how regional organizations (ASEAN in Southeast Asia, the EU in Europe and Mercosur in South America) could mend regional rivalries and replace them with meaningful cooperation.

“The seeds for my interest in regional organizations were sown in my first week of freshman year when I attended Professor Kathleen McNamara’s book release event on the cultural politics of the European Union,” says Merz. “She showed me that the European Union is not a boring bureaucracy, but a fascinating attempt to create a new political form.”

The Language of Opportunity in Costa Rica

Marguerite Guter is an undergraduate student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, class of 2019, majoring in international political economy with a minor in Spanish a certificate in religion, ethics, and world affairs. Guter studied in Amman, Jordan for the fall 2017 semester and San José, Costa Rica for the spring 2018 semester.

Santeria, Culture, and Syncretism in Cuba

Chad Davis is an undergraduate student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, class of 2019, majoring in culture and politics with a focus on political and cultural ecology and film. During the spring 2018 semester he studied abroad in Havana, Cuba.

Buses, Barricades, and the Culture of Protest

Tamara Evdokimova is a student in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, class of 2019, majoring in international history with a focus on twentieth century Western and Eastern European relations and minoring in French and diplomatic studies. She spent the spring 2018 semester in Bordeaux, France studying European history and politics at Sciences Po.