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Fellowship for Global Engagement

Fellowship for Global Engagement

We are excited to offer a scholarship program available for incoming freshmen — the OU Global Engagement Fellowship. Coordinated by the Provost Office of Global Engagement, this program will ensure that students have the tools necessary to succeed in the global community.

About GEF

The Fellowship for Global Engagement is a program established by the University of Oklahoma to ensure its students have the tools to succeed in an increasingly global world. Global Engagement Fellows must commit to the program for the entirety of their undergraduate career. Fellows will receive a cash scholarship, which can be used during their undergraduate years for at least two international experiences, with their first experience ideally taking place during the summer after their freshman year. Fellows who successfully complete the requirements will receive a Certificate of Global Engagement, the only transcripted certificate at OU. 

Global Engagement Fellows will not only study abroad, but will also:

  • Become proficient in one foreign language. Proficiency is satisfied by taking a minimum of 16 credit hours (2 years) of one foreign language - or by taking a relevant foreign language proficiency exam.
  • Participate in at least one international student organization.
  • Attend at least four international cultural programs or events each academic year.
  • Enroll in and complete the course entitled Understanding the Global Community (IAS 2003).
  • Participate in Global Engagement Fellowship meetings and events.
  • In consultation with the Global Engagement Fellowship advisor, explore the opportunity apply for a Fulbright grant.
  • Develop an e-portfolio that will document their international experiences on campus and overseas. Fellows will present their e-portfolios following their final international study experience at the Global Engagement Day event dedicated to the promotion of the Fellowship program.
  • Maintain a 2.8 minimum grade-point average.

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Incoming freshmen enrolling directly from an American high school are eligible to apply the spring before they attend OU. First generation students, underserved students, and those who have not had an international experience are especially encouraged to apply.

Certificate of Global Engagement

The Provost Office of Global Engagement is proud to announce its Global Engagement Undergraduate Certification program. Available to all degree-seeking students, the goal of the Global Engagement Certificate (GEC) is to recognize students who have taken tangible steps to become active global citizens by enhancing their knowledge of modern global issues and engaging with the global community both here in Norman and abroad.

The skills, knowledge and experiences evidencing "global engagement" are increasingly important for new graduates and in demand by employers. The transcripted certificate will provide OU graduates a concrete way in which to market their skills in any future academic or professional setting.

To receive the certificate, students need to fulfill the following requirements


IAS 3910: International Studies Internship: Allows students to get up to three hours of academic credit for participating in an internationally focused internship, in the US or abroad

IAS 2003: Understanding the Global Community: This three credit hours course seeks to enhance students understanding of the global community and the impact of international relations on our lives and the lives of others around the world.

Education Abroad Program

Six to nine credit hours completed in an approved study abroad or international internship program.

Foreign Language

Three credit hours of a modern foreign language at the 2223 level (intermediate continued). If a student has already obtained this level of proficiency in a relevant language, they may substitute these credits with additional approved International and Areas Studies coursework or study abroad.

  • Encourages students to become globally engaged by helping them develop a critical understanding of the world beyond their immediate environment.
  • Enhances their knowledge of diverse cultures and contexts.
  • Provides them with the tools to communicate and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Develops their ability to operate at a professional level in different cultural and international settings.
  • Allows them to document their experiences and to receive recognition for it.
  • Provides them a tangible and formal way to communicate to future employers that they have completed a global curriculum education.

Current Global Engagement Fellows

The OU Global Engagement Fellows are required to maintain an e-portfolio (blog) documenting their experiences and reflections on their involvement with the global community at OU and their study abroad programs. 

Read their stories

GEF Alumni

Willow AranaEngineering
Charles BennettFinance
Ella BrinkmanBiology
Nicole BushmanSpecial Education
Samantha CooperInternational Business
Hayden DotyComputer Engineering
Jessica EricksonSocial Work
Rickey HewittLetters
Morgan JolleyFilm and Media Studies
Hannah KarstPsychology
Aubrey LewellenMechanical Engineering
Jack MaddenInternational Studies
Corey MurphPre-Dentistry
Zane PottsArchitectural Engineering
Piper PetreeConstruction Science
Haley RigginsInternational Business
Joseph RotondoMeteorology
Elijah SaliePolitical Science
Erica TurnerHuman Relations
Logan VowelsSocial Work
Riyanna WilliamsPre-Nursing
Natalie AddlemanPre-Nursing
Somia AliBiology
Idara AtakpoBiochemistry
Ashton AttigPre-Nursing
Elijah BaetzBiology
Daphne BigelowItalian
Benjamin BottgerPolitical Science
Bennett BrinkmanLetters
Katelyn CallahanLanguage Arts Education
Abigail CervenkaAnthropology
Ethan ClockMusical Theatre
Cassie DeGrootPolitical Science
Taryn DiaPolitical Science
Catherine FrekerUndecided
Tessa FungoDance
Kiara GallowayMusic
Bryce GoetzChemical Engineering
Alexandria GraySociology
David HarderInternational Studies
Tammy HoBiology
Carley HuffakerMechanical Engineering
Jesus IbanezManagement
Cricket KayaGeography
Tanner KralichBusiness
Vaishnavi KumarChemistry
Eli LeonAviation
Haley LewseyBiology
Jesyka LongEnglish
Liliana MaciasPublic and Nonprofit Administration
Kayla MarshallMusic
Jessica McKinneyUndecided
Eleanor MendelsonInternational Development
Jillian MitchellEnglish
Christian NewkirkEnvironmental Engineering
Jada PhelpsManagement
Nathan PreussMeteorology
Parker PrimrosePolitical Science
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Gant RobersonPolitical Science
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Mya SearsMeteorology
Jessica SeeBiology
Annika SmithBiology
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Esther WeygantBiomedical Engineering
Chloe WilderBusiness
Grayson WisePsychology
Lisa ZhengPsychology
Allyssa ArensJournalism
Morgan AshcraftProfessional Writing
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Mari BigheartSpanish
Emma BirkenbuelInternational Security Studies and Arabic
Jamie BoydLinguistics and Letters
Noah BridgesIndustrial and Systems Engineering
Isiah CaldwellBiology and Japanese
Teaira ClancyLinguistics and Anthropology
Hazel CodoponyCriminology
Bishop CraigPsychology
Rachel DislerBusiness Management
Jessica DobsonInternational Studies and French
Caroline GoodeMathematics
Mackenzie HeadInternational Business
Lynden HogeLinguistics
Anna HongBio-chemistry
Colen JamesComputer engineering
Drue JohnsonCriminology
Adam KhanPre-Law
Spencer KunzJournalism
Amy MailoPolitical Science and Economics
Thomas MarcianoAerospace engineering
Katherine McKeeSpanish and pre-med
Anna MooreCreative Media Production
Mathew NyugenPre-nursing
Hima PatelEnvironmental Studies
Corey PiercyEngineering
Gabriela Ramirez-PerezInternational Studies
Dahlia RileyInternational Studies and History
Lorenzo RocchiInternational Business
Kaley RomeroMicrobiology
William RunionSpanish and Biology
Stefania SavinoBiomedical Engineering
Katherine SloanEngineering Physics and Music
Reagan UtleyHuman Relations
Allison WilliamsEarly Childhood Education
Gabrielle WilliamsPsychology
Te'a WilliamsCriminology
Paul WimerPolitical Science and Economics
Ivy ZollarsChinese
Ale AcostaEconomics
Olivia AndrewsMechanical Engineering
Brynna ArensFilm and Media Studies
Rachel BornsteinSpanish
Lydia BrinkmannDramaturg
Hennessey ChismArabic and International Security Studies
Noah CoenLinguistics
McKenzie CowlbeckPhysics and Mathematics
Madison DoyleLinguistics and International Security Studies
Cierren EdmondsonPolitical Science and Non-profit management
Maria FischerMathematics
Ryan GaylorJournalism
Katelyn HaggardLinguistics
Lance HardenPhilosophy
Abigail HardinMathematics
Thomas HeinrichInternational Business
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Joni KeatonBallet Performance
Dorothy LamManagement Information Systems
Alan LeeEconomics
Ben LevensonInternational Security Studies
Joy LiBiology and Pre-Med
Josie LogsdonJournalism and Spanish
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Jacqueline MamonePublic Relations
Riley McGillHuman Relations and Chinese
John MooreAccounting
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Tierra RoundtreeInternational Security Studies
Riley SegarsEuropean Studies
Eva SparksInternational Business
Cierra StaffordPsychology
Katherine StrohBiology, Pre-med and Spanish
Jaycie ThaemertAnthropology and Astronomy
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Hailey ThomasEconomics and Spanish
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Julia TongBotany
Jasmin Tovar-HernandezFinance
Emily ZhouPsychology, pre-med and Chinese
Emily AllenPsychology (Pre-Med)
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Margaret BourlonChemical Engineering
Cade BrossLetters and Biology
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Solana CevillePsychology
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Jenna DavenportInternational Business and Supply Chain Management
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Hannah DayAstrophysics and Mathematics
Anne DeLongInternational and Area Studies
Sara FisherInternational Studies
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Jacob GillMathematics
Emma GreeneLinguistics and Chinese
Amy GriffinAerospace Engineering and German
Josilyn HorwitzEnvironmental Sciences
Alexis KeelingIndustrial Engineering
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Louise KuehsterChemical Engineering and Chinese
Kayleigh KuyonInternational Studies
Britt LeakeArabic and International Studies
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Adam MarrsAstrophysics and Japanese
Jake MazeitisInternational Studies and Letters
Kay MoranLetters and Spanish
Zoe NarvaezMathematics and Spanish
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Haylee PadgettChemistry, Economics and Pre-Med
Felicia PadillaSociology
Leah PearmanArabic and International Security Studies
Savannah PeckyIndustrial and Systems Engineering
Daniel Pham Chemical Bioscience, Psychology and Philosophy
Han PhamInternational Studies
Ryan QuinonezChemical Biosciences
Julia RiffleInternational Studies and Economics
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Emily VittitowMathematics
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