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Engage Globally Beyond Study Abroad!

Sojourner Scholars Program

Love cross-cultural communication and learning? This certification program allows students various pathways within their degree programs to demonstrate the highest level of the University's Global and International Learning Outcomes (GILOs). By taking a set number of courses, demonstrating proficiency in at least one international language other than English, participating in a significant international/intercultural experience, and creating a portfolio, the UP Sojourner Scholar is prepared to work in the world on global issues with care and understanding for the complexity of human interactions and how they are expressed in cultures around the world.

Learn about the application process and requirements.

Language-Specific Speaking Groups

If you are looking for a way to engage with language outside of class and in a more informal setting, these student-led speaking groups are a great way to meet like-minded peers and practice your language skills. Look for booths at the Fall and Spring Activities Fairs or ask your professors about La Mesa Redonda (Spanish) or Stammtisch (German) for more details.

Pilgrimages with Campus Ministry

Each year, Campus Ministry offers students the chance to take their faith abroad on an international pilgrimage, which varies from year-to-year. Past pilgrimages have included walking the Camino de Santiago de Campostela in Spain; attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, and Moloka'i, Hawaii. Visit the Campus Ministry site for more details on the application and preparation process.

Major or Minor in a Foreign Language

Interested in continuing your language studies? Consider majoring or minoring in a foreign language. In addition to improving your linguistic proficiency, you will explore the cultural nuances and background needed to produce authentic language. Whether learning about French Business and Administration or Divided Germany, majoring or minoring in a foreign language will allow you to build on your experiences abroad academically, personally, and culturally.