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The Vanderbilt Initiative for Scholarship and Global Engagement (VISAGE) combines the university's deep commitments to international study and civic engagement through innovative scholarship and service opportunities abroad. Students explore topics of global significance through a year-long learning sequence.

Download a VISAGE brochure


Four VISAGE sites will be offered in 2010-2011. Each has a specific thematic focus.


Health, Development and Culture in Guatemala

Faculty Directors: Prof. Ted Fischer and Avery Dickins de Girón

Costa Rica

Tourism, Civic Engagement, and Social Corporate Responsibility

Faculty Director: Prof. Chalene Helmuth

South Africa

Community Youth Development

Faculty Director: Prof. Maury Nation 

Northern Ireland

Sustainable Building Design in Conflict 

Faculty Director: Prof. Lori Troxel 

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 between VU and global and local community partners and universities to create sustainable partnerships with continual community involvement

How is VISAGE structured?

Module I: Global Engagement & Study

Course in academic/regional content area (including history, politics, economics, language and culture).

[Spring semester, 1 - 3 credit course]

Module II: Global Fieldwork

Engage with community partners, at selected sites abroad, in service learning; experiences vary by project, partner agency placement, and location.

[Summer four-week overseas program, 1 - 3 credits]

Module III: Research Seminar in Global Experience (optional)

Complete a capstone project or research paper under the supervision of a VU faculty member on a topic of interest that integrates learning from Module I and Module II.

[Fall semester, 3 credit course]

VISAGE Deadlines for prospective students

Applications due: October 18, 2010
Interviews held: End of October 2010 


Program Fee covers room and partial/full board, on-site transportation, service placements, select excursions, and academic lectures.

Not included: Round-trip airfare to program site, international health insurance, tuition and spending money.

More information can be found on the student and parent pages.

How can I become engaged in shaping Vanderbilt VISAGE?

Vanderbilt hopes to develop sustainable, long-term relationships with partner institutions and organizations that will allow for growth and change over time, and seeks partners who will actively engage with Vanderbilt faculty, students and staff as partners in this endeavor. If your organization would like more information regarding program specifics, or would like to learn more about VISAGE in general, please contact Shelley Jewell.

Related scholarships

Nichols Humanitarian Fund Scholarship
Global Summer Fellows
Sandra and Roger Deromedi International Service Learning Scholarships (College of Arts & Science Students Only)