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Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU)

GIEUs (Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates) are project-based service-learning programs. Earn a total of 3 credits for taking a semester-long pre-departure course on intercultural learning, conducting fieldwork abroad for 3–4 weeks during spring or summer, and completing a community engagement project in fall term with your cohort. If you are a Pell Grant recipient, check with your advisor to see if you can receive a GIEU Pell Scholarship to cover program fees. All LSA students with demonstrated financial need—including Pell Grant recipients—are eligible for additional funding through the LSA Scholarship Office’s LSA Study Abroad Scholarship.


  • First-Years, Sophomores, Juniors
  • GPA 2.0
  • Instruction in English
  • No language prerequisite

2017-2018 GIEU Offerings

Below are all GIEU offerings for the 2017-2018 academic year. The 2018-2019 GIEUs will be announced soon. 

GIEU Israel-Palestine—Conflict Resolution and Co-Resistance

Work the land, grow your dialogue skills, and change the discourse in your communities.

GIEU Japan—Community Revitalization

Foster knowledge sharing and collaboration between NGOs in Detroit and northeastern Japan.

GIEU Mexico—Contemporary Issues in Public Health

Learn to understand, appreciate, and value the Deaf community in Mexico and here in the US through community engagement.

GIEU Peru—Healthy Kitchens and Agriculture

Learn from local experts about grassroots approaches to hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition.

GIEU Vietnam—Community Development and Entrepreneurship

Gain advanced knowledge of and experience with public health issues in Ho Chi Minh City through engagement with a local health organization.