Building global citizens
Global Engagement Endowment - $4-5 million
“My class curriculum has broadened my horizons and transformed me into a more
culturally diverse individual, and the wonderful student organizations have given
me key tools needed for the real world.”
junior nursing major
This year marked the 16th January that LaGrange College has sent large groups
of students around the world to learn and serve through study-away experiences.
In 2016, eight groups of students traveled abroad to countries like the Philippines,
Ecuador and Italy. For many, the journey was made possible through the LaGrange
Study Away travel voucher, which provides first-year students $2,500 for an off-campus
travel experience during their junior or senior year.
Jan Term travel is only part of the college’s Global Engagement Initiative, which
was developed through our strategic and Quality Enhancement plans. It aims to enlarge
students’ “local world” perspective to a global one and consists of both “study
away” and “study here” components. The latter incorporates additions reaching from
the core curriculum to all academic majors and extending to co-curricular activities.
Endowing these global engagement initiatives will ensure that future LaGrange
students are prepared for our increasingly interconnected world. Current efforts
have boosted study-away participation to more than 75 percent; our goal is for
all students to benefit from such an experience.