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  • Program Terms: Journeys
  • Restrictions: ASC applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Application Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Journeys 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Scholarship or Award Class Status: 2 - Sophomore, 3 - Junior, 4 - Senior
Number of Credits: 2 On-Campus Coursework Required Prior to Travel: 2-credit course
Program Description:
Schmidt Global Student Leaders
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As part of Summit, first-year students take GBL102: Journeys, a 4-credit Global Learning course, which includes a week-long global immersion experience. This year there are 12 different sections with their own destination and theme, although they all have the same learning outcomes and common content covering globalization, colonialism & imperialism, culture & identity, and the ethics of travel. The dates of travel from the Immersion Experience component are approximately March 3-11, 2018 during Peak Week (which is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors). 

The College has secured funding from a gift in honor of former Agnes Scott President, Ruth Schmidt ('82-'94), to support the participation of selected Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors to serve as Schmidt Global Student Leaders (SGSL) on Journeys (one per section). SGSL will assist in facilitating the course meetings for their section of Journeys and the immersion experience in March. Each SGSL will take an accompanying two-credit internship course as described below. The award covers all of your trip expenses (except spending money), as will any books required for the Journeys course. 

Click here to read about all 2018 sections of Journeys!

Only applications that meet the following deadlines will be reviewed:
  • Friday, September 15: Deadline to submit application (recommendations must be requested)
  • Tuesday, September 26: Deadline for recommendations
  • Tuesday, October 24: Decision date!
  • Thursday, October 26: Deadline to accept or decline position
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The EDU450 - Schmidt Global Student Leaders Internship Course is a required two-credit, spring 2018 course. This internship course will meet once a week and is primarily discussion based.  It will focus on the following objectives: 
  • Recognize and demonstrate components of effective team work (group dynamics)
  • Identify and articulate cross-cultural aspects for your specific Journey destination (lifestyles, customs, beliefs, values in broad contrast or similarity to your own)
  • Demonstrate and reflect on peer leadership
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in communicating and motivating positive change
  • Communicate effectively through the basics of ethical photography and video
Students should complete assignments with thoughtful reflection, attend class (only one absence is allowed whether excused or unexcused), and participate in class.

App requirements
The application includes the following items:
  1. A personal statement of at least 200 words expressing your interest in and commitment to the program requirements, and any relevant experience with group experiential learning;
  2. Updated resume;
  3. Unofficial transcript;
  4. Color copy of valid US Passport;
  5. Brief questionnaire;
  6. Two faculty recommendations (submitted electronically, as part of the application).
To be eligible for the program, you must:
  • Be enrolled in the college and in good academic standing;
  • Have a valid passport in hand or on the way with an expiration date after September 12, 2018;
  • Commit to the following activities
    • Attend Journeys class (Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30 a.m. -12:45 p.m.) throughout the semester and do the readings.
    • Participate in all class activities in and out of the classroom.
    • Get to know the students in the course and contribute to positive group dynamics.
    • Participate in the travel portion of the course, continuing to act as facilitator and teaching assistant (no grading or actual tutoring required).
    • Participate in the 2-credit Schmidt Global Student Leaders Internship course .
    • Provide a written report at the end of the semester that is at least 500 words and offers recommendations for the Schmidt Global Student Leaders program.
    • Represent the course on student panels or fairs after returning.

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Ruth SchmidtRuth Schmidt was Agnes Scott College’s first female president and an early champion of campus diversity and international study. Schmidt served as president of Agnes Scott from 1982 until 1994, ushering in many changes at the college. Among her priorities as president were international education for students and increased diversity among faculty and students. During her tenure the Julia Thompson Smith Chaplaincy was established.
Schmidt created Agnes Scott’s Global Awareness program in the mid-1980s (before study abroad was as prevalent as it is today) to provide students with travel to less-visited countries outside the traditional European destinations. Agnes Scott College’s Board of Trustees also welcomed its first female chair, Elizabeth H. Cameron, during Schmidt’s time as president. Schmidt Global Student Leaders are funded by a generous gift from Cameron.