The Global Service Scholars is a 3-quarter program offering undergraduates the opportunity to study compassion and participate in service abroad. Once selected, students complete specially designed coursework before participating in immersive service experiences. The program is open to all UC Irvine undergraduates.


When enrollment opens for Winter 2019, enroll in PSY BEH 125, The Science & Practice of Compassion. This course is available to ALL undergraduates, and is required to apply for and participate in the Global Service Scholars. Completion of this course does not guarantee admission as a Global Service Scholar.
Apply to the Global Service Scholars Program during January 2019. Process includes a written application and an interview. Applicants will be notified of selection by mid-February 2019.
If accepted, you must enroll in a specialized Advanced Seminar in Spring Quarter 2019, to prepare for the summer service trip. Students are encouraged to enroll in PP&D 115, Global Poverty & Inequality in the 21st Century.
If accepted, you will travel abroad for a four-week international service learning experience during Summer 2019. Funding provided for program fees, transportation, and housing.



By Kimberly Haagenson, 2017 Scholar
A Global Service Scholar’s contemplation on time spent living and volunteering in Peru.

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By Erika Pfeiffer, 2017 Scholar
A Global Service Scholar’s thoughts and perspectives on adjusting to life in Ghana.

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By Asal Yunusova, 2017 Scholar
A Global Service Scholar’s account of her daily routine and volunteer experience in Thailand.

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To be eligible for the Global Service Scholars program, participants must be a matriculated UCI undergraduate student.

As a result, students who graduate in Spring 2019 and finish their undergraduate career will not be eligible for the Global Service Scholars Program.

Graduating students are however welcome to participate in Psy Beh 125 (Winter 2019) and PP&D 115 (Spring 2019).

Selected students must complete the Advanced Seminar in Spring 2019 to prepare for the Summer travel. The course is only offered in-person at UCI.

Students who are selected for the 2019 cohort will be notified by mid-February 2019. This gives time to enroll in the required spring seminar, apply for a passport, and arrange for recommended vaccinations.

Currently, undergraduates at UC Irvine are eligible to participate in the Global Service Scholars program. To do so, they must complete the prerequisite Psy Beh 125 in Winter 2019.

Once the cross-campus enrollment request is initiated via the UC Cross-Campus Enrollment website, it typically takes the UCI Registrar about 24-48 hours to process the request, create the student’s record, and finalize enrollment. After the record is created, the information is sent over to OIT. It takes a full 24 hours for the student’s record to show up in EEE and in Canvas.

The program offers funding to cover airfare, housing expenses, and program fees.