GELT Program

 Prof. Dietrich Neumann with Students in Berlin (Spring 2015)Prof. Dietrich Neumann with Students in Berlin (Spring 2015)Overview of the GELT Program

The Global Experiential Learning and Teaching (GELT) grant program provides funds for advanced undergraduate seminars that embed an international travel component. The travel may take place prior to, during, or at the end of the course, or may be offered as a destination course during Brown’s Winter Session.

The objectives of the GELT program are to:

  • Promote experiential learning within the Open Curriculum
  • Create direct ties between on-campus classroom learning and global experiential education, advancing students' holistic Brown academic experience
  • Offer courses with an intensive academic focus on a specific topic
  • Encourage students to explore new academic areas and geographic locations that align with their interests and academic goals
  • Increase accessibility to international opportunities, particularly for students who may not normally pursue education abroad

The GELT program offers two forms of support:

●       Phase I: Course Development -- Provides up to $4,000 to support the development of a new course with an embedded, short-term education abroad component. Recipients must apply for Phase II funding during the next cycle.

●       Phase II: Course Implementation -- Provides up to $35,000 to support travel, accommodations, and related costs for one faculty member and up to 12 Brown students. Applicants may apply directly to Phase II if Phase I funding and development is not needed.

GELT courses have been suspended for 2020-21. When University-sponsored travel restrictions have been lifted, more information will be available in the "For Faculty" page. 

Students are encouraged to visiting the "Course Offerings" page to browse the list of upcoming courses with travel components.

Support for the GELT Program

A signature initiative of Brown University's strategic plan, Building on Distinction, the Global and Experiental Learning and Teaching Program is supported by gifts from alumni and friends to the Dean of the College Innovation Fund. One such gift is the Lea E. Williams GELT Award, established in 2018. 

For general information, contact [email protected] or the Assistant Director of Curricular Programs.