Planes, Trains, and Alpacas

Santa Clara provides a global perspective that knows no bounds.

SCU students learn from studying abroad and building relationships with local communities. Opportunities to learn abroad are integrated into all majors and fields of study. A range of programs enable students to pursue research-orientated internships or professional experiences, intensive language study, education with locals, and engage in communities. Students can gain firsthand experience among diverse people and diverse cultures of the world.

One such program, the Global Fellows Program, is a nine-month mixed discipline program open to sophomores and juniors with a focus on global citizenship. Hosted and funded by the Leavey School of Business, the goal of the Global Fellows Program is to foster global citizens of competence, conscience, and compassion through an emphasis on service, academics, and leadership.

This year, the global fellows traveled to diverse areas such as Indonesia, India, Ghana, the Gambia, China, and Bolivia. They helped organizations combat sex trafficking, enhanced the study of energy economics to support national policies, helped serve underprivileged children in rural areas through social enterprise and education, created innovative architecture expressing art while respecting the natural environment, and helped fair trade manufacturers and suppliers working with artisans producing a variety of products from the native Andea fibers of Alpaca and Pima cotton.

Read about their experiences on the Global Fellows blog.


Global Fellows Jocelyn Hung, Hailey Kennedy, Karen Mac, Paula Back, Onno Ho, Juliet Anderson, Dan Karp, and Nick Kikuchi take a break from their work in Bolivia to visit Salar de Uyuni, the world's largest salt flat. Photo courtesy Jocelyn Hung