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Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies
Global Engagement & Scholarship at Northwestern University



The Institute has built a nationally recognized complement of programs designed to forge the leadership skills of students who are passionate about addressing global problems including poverty, human rights, and health.

Study Abroad


The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)prepares undergraduates with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to confront shared global challenges.

Through service-learning in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda, students partner with local organizations to advance community-driven change.

GESI has been recognized for its innovative model of classroom and experiential learning. More than 360 students have carried out over 120 community-based development projects.

Read recent GESI stories from the field.


Speaker series
100+ public talks on global development, human rights, foreign policy, and other international topics are organized and co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute each year.

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Davis Projects for Peace
A $10,000 Undergraduate Social Action Fellowship

Career Development

Through a variety of programs students explore job and internship opportunities, and develop their skills to pursue meaningful careers.

Global Engagement Fellows Program
A pre-professional program that seeks to develop crucial skills for the social change workplace.

Career Opportunities
Jobs and fellowships available from the Buffett Institute

Global Engagement e-digest
Sign up for updates on events, jobs, internships, fellowships, and more.


Student Group Support

The Buffett Institute promotes undergraduate leadership at Northwestern and in a global context. Many student groups and programs were founded as undergraduate initiatives through the encouragement, mentoring and support of the Buffett Institute.

Buffett Institute Affiliated Groups
We mentor co-curricular students groups that think critically and act responsibly with regard to the international issues they care about. Groups host yearlong programming that engage a vast network of students through student-led photo exhibits, conferences, seminars, workshops, service trips, and more.

Student Group Support
To start a new student group or to create an affiliation between an existing student group and the Buffett Institute.

50+ NU Global Engagement groups
More than 50 Northwestern student groups work to address critical local and global issues, from hunger to global health and human rights. We encourage students to become involved.

GlobeMed Initiative
Launched with support from the Buffett Institute, GlobeMed has grown to more than 50 university chapters. Find out more about the national organization and the Northwestern chapter.

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