Welcome to the Center for Global & International Studies! Building upon the exceptional resources at the University of Kansas in area studies, world languages, and international programs, our mission is to enhance and develop cross regional and interdisciplinary academic, research and outreach programs with local, regional and national impact. CGIS offers international expertise, education, and global perspectives on the world through undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Global & International Studies and organizes and co-sponsors community and campus activities covering topics of transnational scope. Our goal is to prepare University of Kansas students for the global economy and internationally-focused careers in Kansas, the United States and abroad.

In addition to the Global & International Studies Undergraduate and Master's Programs, CGIS is currently home to the Programs in European Studies and Middle East Studies,  providing administrative support and other resources as these units grow and expand. Students interested in focusing studies on South Asia may opt for the Undergraduate certificate in South Asian Culture offered through CGIS.

Student Success Stories

Rebecca Rumptz:
U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program

Rebecca Rumptz, a senior in Global and International Studies and Journalism, was chosen to participate in the U.S. Foreign Service Internship Program (USFSIP) with the Department of State. This internship is highly selective—only about 20-25 students across the US are given this opportunity each year. It is a 2-summer internship. She spent 10 weeks in DC last summer working within the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. Next summer, she will be assigned to a U.S. Embassy abroad.

Student Success Stories

Aly Lange:
United States Mission to the United Nations &
Virtual Student Foreign Service

Aly Lange is a Global & International Studies major with minors in Spanish and Visual Art. She has received two internationally-related internships. In spring of 2017, Aly will serve as a Press Intern for the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in New York City. Her duties will include reading, watching and listening to the news and forwarding relevant news (approximately 30 pieces a day) to the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. While she is Press Intern, she will have the opportunity to attend UN Security Council meetings. Aly also has a Virtual Student Foreign Service internship which lasts from September 2016 to May 2017. She works with USAID in the Global Development Lab. She uses social media to educate the public about development projects and innovations funded by USAID.


 


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Featured Podcast

Check out this podcast of GIST Academic Director Mike Wuthrich's interview with English-language Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News on his recent book "National Elections in Turkey: People, Politics, and the Party System."

CGIS Postcards from Abroad Podcast
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One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times