Applications for the 2019 cohort are now closed. Students will be notified of status no later than February 25, 2019.

Recruitment for the 2020 cohort will begin in Fall 2019.

When enrollment opens for Winter 2019, enroll in PSY BEH 192B, 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 and video application. 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 UPPP 115, Global Poverty & Inequality in the 21st Century.

If accepted, you will travel for a four-week service learning experience during August 2019. Current sites include Paraguay and South Africa. Funding provided for program fees, transportation, and housing.



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 192B (Winter 2019) and UPPP 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.

Exact dates have not yet been set, but we anticipate the travel taking place during August 2019. Travel will likely take place during Summer Session 2, allowing students the option to take courses during Summer Session 1.

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.

Site assignment is based on a few factors including student preferences, language skills, program topics, and site capacity. Students indicate their site preference, but do not directly choose the site.

Expected sites for 2019 are Paraguay and South Africa, with the potential for an additional pilot site.

Projects and activities are site-specific. Typical tasks may include activities such as farming/sustainability, peacebuilding, education, community/youth development, and NGO development.

Read first-hand student accounts to learn about previous cohorts.

Accommodations vary from site to site, however students will have access to basic and comfortable dormitory-style rooms.

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

Personal expenses such as visas, passport fees, weekend excursions, and souvenirs are not included.

There are a wide variety of study abroad opportunities. The Global Service Scholars program has a specific emphasis on compassion, empathy, and immersive service-learning with rural partners.

For more academic-focused or urban university settings, students may wish to explore other study abroad programs.

For experiential trips centered around conflict-resolution and peace-building, students may want to consider the Olive Tree Initiative.

For short-term service experiences, students can consider UCI Alternative Break.

Currently, only undergraduates at UC Irvine are eligible to participate in the Global Service Scholars program. To do so, they must complete the prerequisite Psy Beh 192B in Winter 2019.