Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience
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(10 Reviews)

Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience

Their Roots: The Center for Global Education and Experience (CGEE) is affiliated with Augsburg College, a private liberal arts and sciences college located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was founded in response to a call by the Lutheran Church for programs that raise awareness of international issues. In addition to its office in Minneapolis, CGEE maintains study centers in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Namibia. CGEE has developed community partnerships in these locations with a wide range of individuals and organizations to serve as community leaders.

Their Quest: Augsburg's Center for Global Education and Experience provides cross-cultural educational opportunities to foster critical analysis of local and global conditions. The goal is for personal and systemic changes to take place leading to a more just and sustainable world.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Megan
Female
Iowa
Oberlin College

Social Change in Central America

10/10

From the moment I first heard about this program, I knew it was the study abroad experience for me. Learning about social oppression, political revolution, regional hegemony, and societal transformation has been the focus of my studies in the U.S., so this program fit perfectly for the real-world experience I was seeking. As a Politics and Latin American Studies double-major, I found the lessons compelling and the community experiential components integral to my learning in the program. From one-on-one interactions to large group activities, I learned more about the realities of systematic oppression in three months than I had in the three years I had been studying at school. This program is challenging in many ways and it inspires you to think about your own position in this world and the ways in which you can use your voice to advocate for those less privileged than yourself. This is not a typical study abroad semester -- it is much more than that. It was the only program I applied to and I have recommended it to many younger friends looking for a meaningful and transformative study abroad experience.

How can this program be improved?

There were some kinks and bumps in program management along the way, but it did not hinder the overall experience of the semester for me.

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Ingrid
Female
21 years old
Washington, USA
University of Puget Sound

Incredible perspective-changing abroad experience

10/10

Oftentimes students travel abroad and wind up drinking a lot, partying, and although they are in a different country, they speak with and live among people who are very much like themselves. This program is a true chance to study, learn, grow, and change your perspective on life in a country different from your own. Each country has something different and important to teach you, inviting students to utilize language skills and build real and meaningful connections with host families, professors, and other members of the communities you live in. Staying in a blend of urban and rural settings, the beauty you're exposed to is never ending and will stay with you long after you go home. The lessons I've learned from my time with CGEE in Central America have changed my life and what I want my impact on the world to be as I grow older. If you are looking to make the absolute most of an abroad experience- this is the program for you. Get ready to have your privilege challenged, your passion for social justice engaged, and to get to know a part of the world that is vibrant, full of love for life, and integral to the world's success.

How can this program be improved?

Longer rural home stays (maybe optional?)

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Cora
Female
25 years old
Olympia, WA
Evergreen State College

Witnessing Mexico

10/10

The CGE Crossing Borders Program in Cuernavaca was an extremely significant experience in my life. The staff are incredibly well-versed in their areas of teaching as well as teaching cultural awareness. They are well connected to the community and have strong emphasis in community learning. Overall, the values of the program were very in line with my own, including their education philosophy and commitment to social justice and anti-oppression work. Cuernavaca is a beautiful city to explore with rich history and culture. My homestay experiences were the best memories I have to look back on. My Spanish improved immensely and I was able to communicate with people even with limited Spanish. This program is a must if you are passionate about cross-cultural learning and learning about cultural resistance through colonization. I learned so much about Mexico's history and culture, as well as learning more about myself everyday. This program is absolutely worth your consideration!

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elsbeth
Female
24 years old
Tucson, Arizona
Western Illinois University

Crossing Borders is Amazing

9/10

I left this program inspired and filled with experiences and stories. The combination of academic integrity, experiential education, and the lessons of daily life played a huge impact on my experience. My host family for 2 months became a great support system, my internship at a local school taught me so much, and my fellow CGErs brought a richness to the learning process. Cuernavaca is a great place to study and to live; close to Mexico City, with a lot of history and culture. I left wanting more.

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Emily
Female
24 years old
Bielefeld, Germany
Museum Studies

Experiential Education at its best

10/10

Studying abroad in Namibia with CGE was a wonderful life decision for me. Everyday I learned something new about the living and ancient history of Namibia as well as about myself! Who knew I would eat goat head!? Who knew I would end up writing my senior German thesis about Namibia!? Who knew I would connect so well with my host families?

Although the classes were, in my opinion, far from academically challenging, they were still enjoyable, largely due to the credit of our teachers. They always had interesting speakers or field trips for us to enjoy.

I did an independent study project, instead of taking a fourth class and that was another great decision for me. I read more books about my topic, than I would have ever thought possible and this paper was the ground work for my German Thesis, that I wrote in my last year at college.

The staff was WONDERFUL! Everybody was simply pleasant and kind and I really felt secure emotionally and physically in the care of the staff members.

I would recommend this program to any student, who is looking to explore parts of southern Africa but not looking for the typical "SIT"-ish adventure. You are together with the CGE group most of the time, you have 3 homestays, you will go camping, you will celebrate American holidays and your birthday, you will have a wonderful time, if you let yourself be open to new experiences in a wonderful country.

Program Listings

Namibia

Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience
Nation Building, Globalization, and Decolonizing the Mind - is an experiential program, rooted in social justice, and focused...

Mexico

Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience
Study abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico with Augsburg CGEE. All of our programs are experiential, rooted in social justice, and fo...

Nicaragua

Augsburg College's Center for Global Education and Experience
Social Change in Central America: Exploring Peace, Justice, and Community Engagement – is an experiential program, rooted in...