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VISAGE Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement

International Study Civic Engagement Service Opportunities Past students have explored: Health, Development, and Culture Sustainable Water Resource Management Education, Social Cohesion, and Economic Development Tourism, Civic Engagement, and Social Corporate Responsibility

Northern Ireland Guatemala South Africa Costa Rica Nicaragua Australia Interested? Contact geo@vanderbilt.edu Global Education Office Student Life Center, Suite 115 (615) 343-3139 www.vanderbilt.edu/geo


VISAGE Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement

What is VISAGE? The Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) combines the university’s deep commitments to international study and civic engagement with innovative scholarship and service opportunities abroad. Students have served with community partners and local nonprofit organizations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia, CERES Environmental Park, Monteverde Institute, Manna Project International, and Primeros Pasos Clinic.

Past participants have traveled to Australia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and South Africa to study a variety of topics including: Health, Development, and Culture Sustainable Water Resource Management Education, Social Cohesion, and Economic Development Tourism, Civic Engagement, and Social Corporate Responsibility

How does it work? Students explore topics of global significance through a potential year-long learning sequence that begins in January with a core course at Vanderbilt (Module I), followed by summer service or field-based project abroad (Module II), and an optional research-intensive seminar in the fall semester (Module III).

Module I: Global Engagement and Study Spring semester, 1–3 credits Coursework is focused on academic/regional content areas, including history, politics, economics, language, and culture.

Module II: Global Fieldwork Summer, four-week overseas program, 1–3 credits Service learning with community partners at selected sites abroad; experiences vary by project, partner agency placement, and location.

Module III: Research Seminar on Global Experience (optional) Fall semester, 3 credits Students complete a capstone project or research paper, under the supervision of a Vanderbilt faculty member, on a topic of interest that integrates learning from Module I and Module II.

What sets VISAGE apart from other service-learning programs? • VISAGE is an experiential academic program that is flexible enough to allow faculty and undergraduate students from all disciplines to participate and serve areas with locally identified needs in Nashville and abroad. • VISAGE builds on existing relationships with global and local community organizations and academic institutions to create sustainable partnerships with lasting community involvement.

Summer Program Costs

Scholarships

Program Fee: $3,000–$5,000 (dependent on location)

The Nichols Humanitarian Fund

Fee covers room and partial board, in-country service placements, lectures, and select excursions. Tuition, insurance, airfare, and personal expenses are not included.

The purpose of the fund is to enable Vanderbilt students to participate in domestic or international humanitarian projects over university breaks. Awards are dependent on program length and location.

Tuition: 1–3 credit hours (tuition cost dependent on number of hours taken)

Global Summer Fellows

How do I become involved? Vanderbilt faculty, staff, and students interested in the VISAGE program should contact Shelley M. Jewell by email at geo@vanderbilt.edu.

Global Education Office 310 25th Ave South, Ste 115 Nashville, TN 37240 Phone (615) 343-3139

Awards of up to $8,500 are granted to students for creditbearing summer study abroad programs. Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need.

The Sandra and Roger Deromedi International Service Learning Scholarship Awards are given to students from the College of Arts and Science taking part in abroad programs such as VISAGE that have an academic and service component. Awards are dependent upon program length and location. Priority is given to students with demonstrated financial need. For more information about fees and additional scholarships, visit www.vanderbilt.edu/geo.

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