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Office of International Studies in Education

Graduate Study Abroad



Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding


In 2009, the College of Education created a Fellowship program to send a group of graduate students to China for three weeks of immersion in Chinese academic culture at the Southwest University, Beibei Chongqing. In 2011, the college formally expanded the Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding (FEGU) program to include faculty-led programs to China, Botswana, and Vietnam. Since 2011 faculty have also led groups in FEGU study abroad programs in Cyprus, Indonesia, Mexico, Cuba, and the Netherlands. The college provides support for the Fellowship programs in order to further our mission of promoting global perspectives on educational cultures, policies and practices.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Julie Sinclair at or Christine Caster at


One Fellowship program will be available at the doctoral level for Summer 2018. The Fellowship involves a program on learning, development and wellbeing across the lifespan (with a study trip component in China). Please see the Fellowship’s details for more information about focus and topics, travel, and general itinerary.

Click here to download the "Fellowship to Enhance Global Understanding Student Information Session" presentation, which was given on November 16, 2017.


Application Process

The 2018 FEGU Student Application document contains instructions on how to apply, along with detailed Fellowship requirements.  Please follow the instructions carefully.  Applications that do not conform to the instructions will not be accepted.

For general questions please contact Dr. Julie Sinclair at or Christine Caster at For program specific questions, please contact the trip leader(s).

Deadline for application submission: Wednesday, November 29, 2017 by 9:00 a.m. EST


Click here to download the 2018 FEGU Student Application document


Below is the overview of the 2018 program.


Learning, Development, and Well-Being Across the Lifespan


The goal of this program is to explore the nature of learning, individual growth and development, and well-being across the lifespan in China, a country with a rich cultural history that spans thousands of years that is at the same time in the midst of dramatic social and economic change. We will examine formal and informal contexts of learning and development, and consider the challenges and opportunities facing China’s children, youth, and families. We will explore how well-being is defined throughout the country and the diverse ways in which it is promoted through formal and informal learning settings. Within the broad focus of a lifespan perspective on learning, development and well-being, participants will focus on specific themes such as early childhood and the goals of early education, pathways to higher education, changing ideas of what constitutes education and an educated person, the role of educational policy, the nature of parenting practices, or ways to foster social development. As a part of the program, we will also explore the cultural-historical roots of China, the diversity of its people, languages and customs, and their intersection with present day practices and societal issues. While offering an opportunity to understand these issues in the context of China, this program also provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on how their own cultural background and worldviews influence how they make sense of the world. We encourage individuals with an openness and readiness to try new experiences and to learn in new cultural settings to apply.

This international program is designed to provide an intensive blend of academic and cultural experiences over a two-week, immersion experience. We will travel to Chongqing and Beijing, where we will meet with faculty and students at major universities, visit local schools, community, clinical, and residential settings, and learn about China’s rich and complex cultural heritage. Program sessions before and after the time in China will support opportunities for deeper investigation of issues related to learning, development and wellbeing and how they are understood and studied.


The specific goals of the study are for students to:

1. Learn about the risks and protective factors to whole child and youth development and well-being (including education, mental health, and physical activity).
2. Promote an understanding of how culture plays a role in development, learning, and well-being
3. Learn about the contexts of development in China including formal and informal settings such as schools, community centers, and families.
4. Develop an understanding of the history, culture, and people of China and their role in development across the life span, learning, and well-being.
5. Increase self-awareness of participants’ world views, assumptions, and cultural competence


Program leaders: Dr. Kris Renn, HALE/Department of Educational Administration, and Dr. Julie Sinclair, Office of International Studies in Education