Welcome to Global Studies

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International Experiences: Explore past students' places of study

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Student Spotlight

News & Announcements

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. Click here to access the applications. 

2015 Global Studies Graduate Receives a Grant to Continue Research

Posted on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

Morgan Hollie has received a Fulbright Grant to continue her research on the Y'en a Marre movement in Senegal. Morgan will spend her year conducting research on the Y'en a Marre movement in Senegal, a group of Senegalese rappers and journalists who allied to support political change in Senegal. Congratulations to Morgan on her grant! Click to read about our research opportunities.

The Illini Journal of International Security Publishes Articles by Global Studies Students!

Posted on Wed, 27 Apr 2016

The Illini Journal of International Security has published it's journal online.  Included are articles from some of our majors and minors.  Click to read them. Congratulations to everyone whose article was chosen.  

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News & Announcements

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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