Two Georgia Gwinnett College students were selected through a nationally competitive process to spend eight weeks studying in Berlin, Germany and Strasbourg, France, this summer.
Tiana Farmer, a junior majoring in international relations and Olivia Mugenga, a sophomore majoring in finance, received full, all-expense paid scholarships valued at about $10,000 each from the Global Institute of Comparative Studies (GICS). Widely recognized in international education, the institute is administered by Chancellor University in Seven Hills, Ohio.
Farmer and Mugenga will study for one month in Berlin, then travel by train to Strasbourg, where they will stay in an 18th-century castle on the Rhine River, The Chateau de Pourtales. Students will compare cultures, economies and political institutions while taking courses relating to global issues, visiting museums, concentration camps, attending lectures at the European Union, visiting international organizations and attending lectures by high-level, multinational corporate executives.
This GICS global studies initiative offers students the opportunity to study in a different “world capital,” each month. Full and partial scholarships based on a competitive essay and GPA were awarded to students from partner schools selected from specific regions of the country to create a diverse cohort. Other local scholarship winners are from Gwinnett Technical College and Morehouse College.
“This will be a life-changing experience for Tiana and Olivia,” said Anthony Pinder, director of GGC’s Office of Internationalization. “This is an opportunity for these young ladies to build on their comparative and critical thinking skills, experience the diverse teaching and learning styles, and experience different cultures as a global citizen.”
Farmer hails from Loganville and transferred to GGC from Fisk University. Mugenga came to the U.S. from Rwanda during that nation’s genocidal wars.