University of Oregon

Our Mission

Global Education Oregon (GEO) is a unit within the Division of Global Engagement at the University of Oregon. We create pathways to international, experiential learning for students, faculty, and university partners. Founded on the belief that international engagement is integral to developing global citizens, we:
    •        Prepare students for a 21st century workforce, creating exceptional academic and professional development opportunities abroad;
    •        Connect faculty to cross-cultural perspectives that enhance their teaching and research;
    •        Provide institutional partners with a personalized, progressive approach to international programming and collaboration.


Why Study Abroad Matters

Study abroad is among the most effective high-impact practices contributing to student success. A recent UO Institutional Research analysis using propensity score matching to control for incoming GPA, UO GPA, debt load, race, ethnicity, and residency status, found that study abroad participation is associated with an 11.4% increase in four-year graduation and $2,493 decrease in debt load.

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    Benefits of Working with Us

    Your benefits include curricular integration, global opportunities, and program predictability and sustainability.

    Benefits of Partnering with GEO


    Develop a Faculty-Led Program
    Explore resources on how to take your teaching expertise and research interests abroad with students.

    Resources for Advisors

    Study abroad opportunities can offer students a wide range of benefits, including developing global awareness, enriching academic learning, supporting the growth of leadership skills, advancing networking and career opportunities, improving second language skills, and enhancing personal growth. Advisors and faculty can utilize the following resources as tools to help students stay committed and aligned to their academic goals.

    Funding Opportunities

    **Due to the financial impacts of the pandemic, faculty and staff grants have been paused. GEO hopes to relaunch grant opportunities during the 2022-23 Academic Year. More details to be announced at a later date.** Learn more about grants that support visits to GEO centers abroad (mini-grants), increase familiarization with GEO study abroad programs (staff grants), and aid in the exploration of locations for the purpose of developing new faculty-led study abroad programs (faculty development grants). 

    Faculty Testimonial

    "Working with GEO has given me the extraordinary opportunity of traveling around Europe and South America with some of the best students at the University of Oregon. Studying journalism across cultures and languages with them has invigorated my conviction that learning abroad helps teach perhaps the most important lesson of all: We are all one."

    Peter Laufer, UO Professor of Journalism