Global Studies Summer Programs

The Center for Global Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides exceptional high school students an opportunity to have an enriching college experience before or immediately after their high school graduation. These intensive summer courses offer college-level interdisciplinary foundations on global studies topics designed to introduce analytical skills and methods for addressing issues from a global perspective. Students that have completed at least one year of high school are eligible to participate.

Each of our programs is taught by faculty and instructors on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Participating students engage in rigorous academic studies, meet with college advisors to discuss their college plans, and stay in University Residence Halls throughout the program. Students that successfully complete a course will receive a Center for Global Studies Global Leadership Certificate.

The 2018 program has ended. Check back for 2019 program deadlines.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sustainable Futures (please click the title for more information)

Prairie Trip

Sustainable Futures provides an interdisciplinary foundation in environmental sustainability. The course includes discussions with University faculty and expert practitioners, combining an academic assessment of the fundamental challenges of sustainability with case-study investigations of local practice. Students will engage in research, visit field sites, and make team presentations on their findings. The course involves field trips to restored prairie, the University’s Sustainable Student Farm, net-zero and LEED-gold certified buildings, experimental biofuel plantations and more.



Global Health (please click the title for more information)

Global Health offers an in-depth survey of issues and concepts related to global health.  Students will examine and compare intra- and inter-national differences in both disease burden and characteristics, quality, and access to healthcare systems to address those burdens.  The course will study the intersections of nutrition, taking note of medical, economic, social, epidemiological, and political contributors to healthcare access and quality, and enable students to think critically about the broader implications of health as a human right.



International Law and Social Justice (please click the title for more information)

International Law and Social Justice serves as an introduction to the law, theories, and practice of international human rights, together with the instruments, organizations and arrangements that affect their implementation and enforcement. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted in 1948 and has become a referential document for many oppressed peoples across the world. Since then, there have been conventions and covenants passed, and many organizations created to pursue and monitor human rights. However, there remains a yawning chasm between human rights policies and practices. This course will look at the philosophical foundations and circumstances that led to the creation and adoption of the UDHR, the mechanisms that have been established to respond to human rights violations, and a critical analysis of some of the most pressing human rights today. We will take field trips and speak to experts, and the course will end with students working in groups to envision and sketch proposed solutions to some human rights issues.