Through the study, research, and practice of critical global issues, languages, and intercultural communications - both on campus and around the world – Gettysburg students graduate ready and able to make a difference in the world.
International experience is vital to giving our students a truly holistic understanding of the critical issues facing our world today. We strive to enhance both our off-campus and on-campus opportunities to ensure our students see their future through a global lens.
Three academic global centers – the Center for Global Education,the Center for the Study of Global Issues, the Center for Language and Intercultural Communication – will play important roles in advancing Gettysburg's efforts to sharpen our international focus. The three academic global centers will join the Center for Public Service to make up the four pillars of the Global Pavilion, which will be located in the renovated Plank Gymnasium.
The Center for Global Education (CGE) encourages all members of our academic community to become citizens of the world. The Center for Global Education offers numerous opportunities to ensure that all of our students and faculty can be involved internationally, connections between the on-campus and off-campus experience can be enriched, and our worldwide network of alumni and friends of the College can be engaged.
In recent years, the Institute of International Education ranked Gettysburg College highly among national baccalaureate institutions for the number of students who study abroad for at least one semester. Students in all academic majors take part – and they study all across the globe.
The Center for the Study of Global Issues (CSGI) works to identify global issues with social implications that resonate at the international, national, and local levels. Drawing together faculty and students from departments and programs across the College, the CSGI facilitates a collaborative approach to the study and research of global issues. Among other endeavors, CSGI helps connect Gettysburgians with complementary research interests; provides training for fieldwork and other forms of international research; and assists in establishing working relationships with researchers at partner institutions around the world.
The Center for Language and Intercultural Communication (CLIC) complements the work of the Center for the Study of Global Issues by focusing on developing, enhancing, and sustaining initiatives that promote language and cultural learning across the curriculum. Toward this end, CLIC arranges on-campus workshops; works with faculty to increase their non-English language proficiency; strengthens technological approaches to collaborative learning with partners in non-English countries; boosts student involvement with language programs and affinity groups upon their return from study abroad; helps advise the Chairperson of the Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Committee; administers the important program of teaching non-English cultures and languages in courses outside of language departments; and supports student and faculty initiatives for the learning of less-commonly taught languages.