Cluster of Excellence

Global Health

The Global Health Initiative at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign engages global health issues through interdisciplinary problem-solving, research, training, and international exchange.

Cluster of Excellence

Global Governance

(Security/Law/Human Rights)

CGS facilitates research, teaching and outreach on Security & Natural Resource Conflict as a global issue through an undergraduate certificate, course development, academic conferences and publications, teacher workshops, and informed lectures.

Cluster of Excellence

Global Knowledge


The Center for Global Studies contributes to the Global Studies Library’s collection development. Our Global Knowledge Efforts also facilitate research, teaching and outreach in the area of new information technologies, government policies, and emerging social/communication networks.

Cluster of Excellence

Global Society & Sustainable Development

Our Global Society and Sustainable Development initiatives foster the growth of the next generation of environmental leaders through examining the needs of the world’s populations in tandem with a concern for preserving resources for future generations.

Area Studies Center At

University of Illinois

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education


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The Center for Global Studies at Illinois

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) office is closed temporarily in accordance with the University of Illinois guidelines set forth by the Chancellor. CGS is open and accessible online.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns:
Associate Director, Donna Tonini:
Director, Steve Witt:
Global Studies Librarian, Lynne Rudasill:
Office Manager, Melinda Porter:
Outreach and FLAS Coordinator, Tim Pollack:

Main phone number: (217)265-5186

The Center for Global Studies globalizes the research, teaching, and outreach missions of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Center is a National Resource Center in Global Studies designated by the U.S. Department of Education.

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News and Announcements

Dr. Jenny Amos, a CGS Advisory Board Member, is on a team led by The Grainger College of Engineering and Carle Health that has developed an emergency ventilator prototype that is aimed to aid patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read about RapidVent HERE.
Read about Dr. Jenny Amos HERE.


Spring 2020 Event Schedule

In light of recent developments with COVID-19 and University guidance, the Center for Global Studies has decided to cancel all of our upcoming events through the end of the Spring 2020 semester.  We hope to reschedule all events in the Fall 2020 semester.

We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused and hope to see you at future CGS events.









The Center for Global Studies was honored to attend the Global Studies Consortium hosted by the Global and European Studies Institute at the University of Leipzig in June. The consortium met to share curricula and ideas about teaching programs, exchange teaching materials, including lectures and reading lists, facilitate cooperative teaching projects, such as distance learning, on both bilateral and multilateral levels, develop surveys of student career paths, and share information about employment and internships for students and encourage student and faculty exchange agreements.

CGS-Sponsored Global Health High School Program Featured By ABET

Read about CGS affiliates Jenny Amos and Kenny Long and their work with Njala University in Sierra Leone.

We’re proud to partner with Jenny and Kenny in their work.

Learn more about the Global Health program.


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