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International Experiences: Explore past students' places of study

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Student Spotlight

News & Announcements

SIR (Sigma Iota Rho) Applications Being Accepted!

Posted on Fri, 23 Sep 2016

SIR (Sigma Iota Rho) applications are now being accepted.  The application period is September 23rd - October 24th.  Apply today to become part of this prestigious honor society. Click here to apply. 

Bastian/Thulin Scholarship Applications Being Accepted!

Posted on Thu, 12 May 2016

Applications are now being accepted for the Bastian and Thulin Scholarships for Spring 2017. Applications must be received by the Global Studies office by October 14th at 4:30pm. Click here to access the applications. 

New Minor in Global Markets and Society Application Period is Open!

Posted on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Applications are currently being accepted for the new Minor in Global Markets and Society.  The application period is from September 15 - October 15, 2016.  Click here to fill out an application!! 

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Student & Affiliated Faculty Profiles


Jane K.

Major: Global Studies
Minor: French
Minor: Earth, Society, and Environmental Sustainability (ESES)
Language: French
Thematic Area: Environment, Sustainability, and Social Responsibility
Area Focus: West Africa
Study Abroad Program: MSID Senegal


I entered the University of Illinois as a Global Studies major. I was very excited about all the possibilities the major would offer me from the beginning. In my first semester, I met another Global Studies major who told me about her plans to study abroad in Senegal. I developed an interest in the country, and eventually decided to do my study abroad there. I spent the academic year 2015-2016 living in Senegal, most of that time spent in the capital city of Dakar. I took courses in French and English with other American students and worked at consecutive internships. My French and Wolof (the most widely-spoken language in Senegal) improved considerably, and I discovered a topic I was interested in for undergraduate research. The photo here shows me with the Diene family. Professor Oumar Diene taught the Environmental Issues in Senegal course during my first semester with MSID. He then offered me an internship with a community development organization in the Yoff neighborhood of Dakar during my second semester. Because Yoff is a half hour’s bus ride from my host family’s house, I ate lunch at Professor Diene’s house every day with him and his family. As with my host family, I felt very welcomed by them. Yoff feels like a part of a much smaller town than downtown Dakar, a community where people look out for each other. I felt very inspired by the example of people like Professor Diene, who were engaged in actively improving life for others in their country. In this way, my time away taught me to also value the importance of ties to home.

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