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The Pepperdine Global Fellows Program is a distinctive community of Pepperdine students who are motivated to lead lives of global impact and influence. The PGF experience is a transformational leadership program that combines global engagement, intercultural training, academic excellence, community service, and real-world professional experience, all designed to equip fellows with the knowledge, skills and character to make a difference in a rapidly-changing, increasingly complex world. 

 

 The Mission of the Pepperdine Global Fellows Program

To equip and empower a community of purpose-drive, global leaders to be agents of change through integrated professional development, intercultural learning, and academic excellence. 

Benefits of the Pepperdine Global Fellows Program

The PGF program uniquely prepares students to:

  • Engage in global and intercultural business, service, research, or mission work
  • Develop a network of professionals, mentors, and peers to support personal, academic, and career development now and in the future
  • Effectively work and communicate across cultures 
  • Partner with others to affect positive change in local communities and communities around the world with cultural humility and Christian values 

What Does the PGF Program Require?

The PGF program is an academic certificate program designed to integrate global, intercultural, and real-world experiences into the Seaver College experience through coursework, study abroad, internships, language training and leadership opportunities. This highly selective program accepts 20-30 Seaver College students each year. Students apply in the first semester of their freshmen year. 

To earn the certificate and participate in the program, PGFs must meet the following requirements: 

1) Complete an academic year abroad in one of Pepperdine's international programs: 

a. Buenos Aires                 b. Florence                 c. Heidelberg

d. Lausanne                       f. London                    g. Shanghai

Note: As an alternative to a full year in one program, PGFs can complete one semester in a European program and one semester in a non-European program. Important: summer programs do not fulfill this requirement. 

2) Earn a 3.0 in all the following required courses (22-23 units: 

Required Courses ( 22 - 23 units )

GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING

INTS 250

Thinking Globally

3 units

INTS 480

Global Leadership Seminar (offered only in DC)

4 units

COM/INTS 414

OR

COM 519

International Communication & Negotiation (offered in DC)

 

Communication and Conflict

4 units

OR

3 units

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

LANG 252

252 Language Course or Equivalent

4 units

LANG 300-400

Upper Division Language Course

4 units

GLOBAL INTERNSHIP

WAIN 495

Washington D.C. Internship (offered only in DC)

4 units

3) Complete a one semester internship through the Washington, D.C. Program. Internships must be conducted with an organization that has a global scope in its mission or operations. 

 

4) Participate in mentoring from your IP Director and your D.C. Career Mentor.

 

How Do I Become a Global Fellow?

There are two ways to become a Global Fellow:

1) Apply during the first semester of your freshman year.

Interested students should plan to apply in the fall of their freshmen year. This enables PGFs to complete the certificate requirements in four years. 

The application process is as follows: 

Pepperdine Global Fellows Fall 2020 Application Timeline:
  • August 17, 2020: PGF Applications Open - Applications will be online on August 17, 2020. Students must be logged in to their Pepperdine email account to access the application. 
  • October 18, 2020 at 12 noon PST: PGF Applications Due.
  • November 5, 2020: PGF Decisions Announced - Fall 2020 applicants who are selected for the program must register in INTS 250 - Thinking Globally for the Spring 2021 term. Instructions for course registration will be provided. 

2) Secure a nomination from your IP Program Director in January of your sophomore year. 

If you did not apply as a freshman and are interested in joining the PGF program, please speak with your program director while abroad.  

What do Pepperdine Global Fellows receive upon completion of the program?

The PGF program is an academic certificate program. On your official academic transcript, the University will acknowledge your completion of the Global Fellows Certificate Program. 

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Can I put this on my resume?

Yes! Future employers will be impressed to know that you were a Pepperdine Global Fellow. But more importantly, you will have the knowledge, skills and character to affect change and provide valuable leadership to employers. 

 

Contact Information

Beth Laux, Executive Director of International Programs

beth.laux@pepperdine.edu

Reagan Shane, PGF intern and current PGF participant 

reagan.shane@pepperdine.edu