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 potentially year-long learning sequence.
A number of summer sites have been offered for VISAGE programs in recent years. Each has a specific thematic focus.
Faculty Director: Prof. David Johnson
Faculty Directors: Prof. Ted Fischer and Avery Dickins de Girón
Faculty Director: Prof. Lori Troxel
Faculty Director: Prof. Chalene Helmuth
Faculty Director: Prof. Maury Nation
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 partners and universities to create sustainable partnerships with continual community involvement.
Students explore topics of global significance through a year-long learning sequence that begins in January with a core course at Vanderbilt (Module I). This is followed by a summer service or field-based project abroad (Module II), and an optional seminar in the fall semester.
Course in academic/regional content area (including history, politics, economics, language and culture).
Engage with community partners, at selected sites abroad, in service learning; experiences vary by project, partner agency placement, and location.
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.
Applications due: Generally in mid-October. See individual program pages (links above) for exact dates.
Interviews held: Generally in late October.
Rosters complete: Generally by early November.
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 here.
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 Suzy Wang.
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