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2017 Global Studies Summer Workshops

The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides exceptional high school students an opportunity to have an enriching college experience before or immediately after their high school graduation. These intensive summer courses offer college-level interdisciplinary foundations on global studies topics designed to introduce analytical skills and methods for addressing issues from a global perspective.

2017 programs:

  • Sustainable Futures
  • Global Health
  • Human Rights

Each of our programs is taught by faculty and instructors on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Participating students engage in rigorous academic studies, meet with college advisors to discuss their college plans, and stay in University Residence Halls throughout the program. Students that successfully complete a course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

Program Dates: July 24-28, 2017
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017


Experience campus life, learn a new language, and earn college credit!

In June 2017, the Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign will open its doors to motivated high school students. During this 2-week intensive and immersive course, students will learn foundational reading, writing, and speaking skills in Arabic and take part in a variety of fun cultural and language activities, all while living in a residence hall located on the UIUC campus with Arabic-speaking support staff. At the end of this exciting course, students earn 2 college credits.

  • 2 week intensive college course in elementary Arabic on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus
  • 2 college credit hours
  • Small class size and supportive environment
  • Immersion in the Arabic language and cultures


Apply online at:

Events This Week

Machine Learning: Farm-to-Table Workshop

April 18 – April 19
Various Times
Coordinated Science Laboratory, Auditorium

The Machine Learning: Farm-to-Table Workshop is bringing together domain scientists to stimulate new data-driven R+D activity at the intersections of Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Food-Energy-Water, and Food Security communities. Morning sessions are available to the public, but space is limited. Register here

Sponsor: ACES Office of International Programs


Gyil Music of Ghana

April 18
11:00 am
Smith Memorial Hall, Rm 6-8

Experience the music and culture of the Daagara people of the upper west region of Ghana. Learn about the history of the instrument and even play along, as volunteers will get a chance to learn a traditional Daagara piece with Dr. Matt Jacklin from Olivet Nazarene University.

Sponsor: Urbana Public Arts Commission


Cybersecurity: Who’s Doing What to Whom, Why, and What Does It Mean?

April 18
4:00 pm
Talbot, Rm 103

Charles Geigner, Assistant Director of Privacy & IT Security Infrastructure Privacy & Information Security at Techn Services, will speak at this lecture.

Sponsor: Program in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security


Bate Papo - Easter Celebration

April 19
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Foreign Language Building, Rm 1080 (Lucy Ellis Lounge)

The Department of Spanish and Portuguese invites you to join them in the Easter celebration!

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Spanish Story Time at Mahomet Public Library

April 20
9:10 am
Mahomey Public Library, Mahomey, Illinois

For the month of April, our story time theme will be International Stories and we'll be hosting special guest presenters during our Thursday all-ages story times. 

Join us April 20 as visitors from the University of Illinois Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies present a bilingual story in English and Spanish, as well as other songs and games in both languages.

Sponsor: Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies 


The Impact of Political Climate on the Resilience of Refugees, Unaccompanied Minors and Immigrants

April 20
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
School of Social Work, Rm 2015

The School of Social Work is hosting a Brown Bag concerning immigration and the current political environment. Pizza and drinks will be provided at this event. 

Sponsors: European Union Center and School of Social Work


Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series - "Austeria" (1982)

April 20
4:00 pm
English Building, Rm 109

Austeria will be introduced by Diana Scailowski.  Each film screening will be followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film.  All are welcome to attend.  Free pizza will be a provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.

Sponsor: European Union Center


Famine in the 21st Century: How Does It Happen?

April 20
4:-00 pm – 5:20 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 1000

Well over 10 million people from Yemen and across Africa to Northern Nigeria are facing the most widespread food shortages in decades, aggravated by conflict. Four speaks will provide background on why, and what is and isn’t being done about it.

Sponsors: Programs in Arms Control & Domestic and International Security, Center for Global Studies, Center for African Studies and Women and Gender in Global Perspectives


Major/Minor in Global Studies Information Session

April 21
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
703 S. Wright Street, 3rd floor (LAS Global Studies)

Global Studies majors develop the interdisciplinary knowledge and intercultural skills necessary to analyze and solve contemporary world problems. The Global Studies major fosters respect for diverse ways of living and commitment to sustainability through coursework, advanced language acquisition and study abroad.  The competencies established through the major prepare students for careers in business, communications, education, immigration, international affairs, law, public health and sustainable development. 

Sponsor: LAS Global Studies

Upcoming Events

April 24
Youth & Sustainable Development Goals
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Edward Madigan Lab, Rm 350b

Opportunities for University of Illinois Students and Faculty

The Summer Institute for Languages of the Muslim World (SILMW)
SILMW is an annual intensive language institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that focuses specifically on teaching critical languages spoken in the Muslim World.

At SILMW 2016 we are offering the following languages:

  • Arabic, Persian, Swahili, Turkish, Urdu, Uzbek, Wolof

SILMW is an eight-week program divided into two four-week semesters. The institute is designed to provide students with a holistic language learning experience complete with instruction, cultural activities and opportunities for language practice. Students enrolled in the entire eight weeks of SILMW will receive the equivalent of two semesters of instruction, up to 10 credits over the course of the summer! 

Global Studies Association of North America 2017 Conference (Application Deadline May 10)
The “Global Social Movements: Left and Right” discussion will occur June 14-16, 2017, with key speakers: Carl Boggs, Doug Kellner and William I. Robinson.

Now accepting 100-word abstracts by May 10, 2017 on all topics examining aspects of globalization. Send your abstract, full name, affiliation, and current email address in the body of an email to Jerry Harris at

L.A.S. Global Studies Information sessions for Minor In Global Markets And Society, Certificate In International Development, and Certificate In Global Health
The Minor in Global Markets & Society teaches about interdependent relationship between businesses, governments & individuals. You will study topics such as corporate social responsibility, fair trade, global supply chains, and sustainable business practices, among others.

The Certificate in International Development is ideal for students interested in careers in development & poverty reduction. You will complete courses on development theory and poverty interventions.

The Certificate in Global Health is ideal for students interested in health professions. You will study courses on global provision and global health interventions.

Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowships: Now Accepting Applications 
The Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship Program provides opportunities to doctoral candidates to engage in full-time dissertation research abroad in modern foreign languages and area studies. The program is designed to deepen research knowledge of languages and cultures not generally included in U.S. curricula. More broadly, Fulbright-Hays programs aim to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

International Studies Research Lab (Application Deadline May 1)
The Center for Global StudiesInternational and Area Studies Library, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will host an International Studies Research Lab (ISRL) this summer for community college faculty interested in expanding global studies curricular and library offerings at their home institutions.  This summer research opportunity is open to all community college instructors and administrators who wish to spend time on the University of Illinois campus during the designated workshop dates to update and create curricular materials.  Community college librarians interested in creating curricular support materials and bibliographies are also encouraged to apply.

Participants have the opportunity to access the world-class International and Area Studies library resources and to work one-on-one with international reference specialists during their time on the Illinois campus.  The Lab will run from July 16 – July 29, 2017. Participants may spend any amount of time during these dates on campus. Housing and parking will be available as is the possibility of a $1,000 honorarium for participants.  For more information go to: or if you have questions, please do not hesitate to drop us a note at

Course Highlight: Honduras Water Project
Enroll in this two-semester course (Fa17 and Sp18) and you will help design a working drinking water system that serves a rural Honduran community while addressing political, cultural, and technical considerations. You’ll work closely with professional advisors, alumni mentors and Honduran technicians as you learn what makes international engineering projects successful. Optional travel to Honduras to conduct field investigations will take place during Winter Break 2018.

The course meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 - 12:20 pm and list co-listed as ENG40 for engineering undergrads, LAST400 for non-engineering undergrads and LAST500 for all graduate students.

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