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The Pepperdine Global Fellows Program

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The Pepperdine Global Fellows Program is a distinctive community of Pepperdine students who are inspired to lead lives of global impact and influence. The PGF experience is a transformational leadership journey that combines global exploration, academic training, community service, and real-world professional experience, all designed to equip fellows with the knowledge, skills and character to make a difference in the world.

 The Mission of the Pepperdine Global Fellows Program

To prepare a community of purpose-driven leaders to be agents of change for a better world. 

What Does the PGF Program Require?

The PGF is designed to provide a global and real-world dimension to all aspects of the fellows Pepperdine experience: courses, study abroad, internships and leadership mentoring. There are a limited number of fellowship positions available each year and students must apply. Most students will choose to treat it as their minor, but PGF provides much more than coursework. It is a global learning journey with the following four requirements:

1) PGFs must complete an academic year in one of Pepperdine's overseas 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, a student could do one semester in a European program and one semester in a non-European program. Important: summer programs do not fulfill this requirement.

2) PGFs must complete the following required courses (22-23 units) and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.000 in these courses:

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 514

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) PGFs must study for one semester in the Washington, D.C.Program and complete a D.C. internship with an organization that has a global scope in its mission or operations.

 

4) PGFs must 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.

We recommend applying in this manner in order to have the greatest chance of admission to the program, and to ensure you can complete all necessary course requirements in four years.

Pepperdine Global Fellows Fall 2019 Application Timeline:
  • August 26, 2019: PGF Applications Open - Applications will be available on this web page on August 26, 2019. Students must be logged in to their Pepperdine Gmail account to access the application.
  • October 21, 2019 at 12 noon PST: PGF Applications Due
  • October 21 - November 4, 2019: PGF Interviews - Applicants will be invited to interview with the Associate Dean of International Programs, Dr. Ron Cox. Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted with additional information.
  • November 8, 2019: PGF Decisions Announced - Fall 2019 Applicants who are selected to participate will be given permission to register in INTS 250 - Thinking Globally for the Spring 2020 term.

2) Secure a nomination from your IP Program Director, at the end 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?

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 change the world.

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

On your official academic transcript, the University will acknowledge your completion of the Global Fellows Certificate Program.

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 change the world.

Contact Information

Dr. Ron Cox, Associate Dean of International Programs

ronald.cox@pepperdine.edu

Jordan Aldrich, PGF Intern and current PGF participant

jordan.aldrich@pepperdine.edu