At Rutgers University–New Brunswick, the learning opportunities extend beyond the campus—and sometimes far beyond New Jersey. Whether working on helicopter aeronautics as an intern at NASA’s Ames Research Center or helping to bring clean water to a community in Thailand, Rutgers students have the chance to enhance their on-campus classes and research with out-in-the-world volunteer experiences and programs abroad.
International Service Learning
Combining aspects of traditional study abroad and international volunteerism, International Service Learning (ISL) programs give students the opportunity to earn credit abroad while participating in community-based service projects around the globe. Students can gain a sense of global citizenship through programs in such countries as Argentina, Ghana, and Thailand.
Each year, students at the Human Rights House—a special community of 20 students that’s part of the Douglass Residential College—travel to another country in conjunction with a topic of study, such as apartheid or women’s poverty. They have traveled to Cambodia, the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Thailand, and elsewhere.
One recent topic of study was children’s rights, with students traveling to Romania. “The trip was a life-changing experience that helped me realize I have the potential to bring about change in the world,” said student Chinaza Okonkwo.