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Rutgers Service-Learning Abroad

Service-Learning Abroad is a unique and exciting form of global education that integrates structured participation in community-based projects with traditional coursework to achieve a richer, more holistic learning experience.  These credit-bearing courses rely heavily on reflection as a tool for thinking critically and better understanding the topics of each course, more effectively bridging the gap between theory and practice, the world and the classroom.  The focus on community partnerships is designed to intensify the cross-cultural component of the study abroad experience, while also seeking to engender good will and reciprocity between students and the communities that host them.  

Service-learning programs can take many forms.  Consider the following examples:
  • A course on contemporary Argentinian language and cultural identity, that requires students to use their Spanish language capabilities to design and deliver regular lessons at a public in a under-resourced public school district in Rosario, Argentina.
  • Completing an internship with a local non-profit organization focusing on women's health or legal rights for immigrants, while studying a broad spectrum of transnational social justice movements in the Caribbean.
  • A course on gender, family, and agriculture that features homestays on small-scale family-owned farms and participation in a business and management training program for women farmers in a small agricultural village in western Turkey.
These are just some of the many ways that Rutgers students engage with real problems and authentic, community-driven solutions around the world.  A full list of Rutgers service-learning programs abroad can be found here.  

Contact the Center for Global Education to find out how to begin your journey!