The University of Memphis is proud to serve as the host of the Governor's School for
International Studies which takes place on the U of M Campus each year during the
month of June. The month-long program typically begins on the last Saturday of May
and ends on the last Saturday of June. The University of Memphis is located in the heart of Tennessee's growing international
corporate center on the banks of the Mississippi River - home to Federal Express,
Holiday Inns and Schering-Plough.
The Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) provides a four week immersion
into the world around us, including the study and discussion of global cultures, foreign
languages and international perspectives. GSIS will give you the opportunity to see
far beyond the boundaries of our state and to explore and assess the global economic,
historical and cultural relationships that affect us. You will discuss world issues
with political and business leaders. You will be encouraged to explore and develop
your own conclusions and solutions to problems faced by third world nations. Through
your courses, projects, lectures and discussions, you will discover the growing complexities
of international inter-dependence.
The GSIS program provides a rigorous introduction to the field of International Studies,
including six credit hours of college coursework.
The goals of the curriculum are:
- To develop problem solving skills related to global events
- To develop an appreciation and understanding of other cultures
- To enrich the critical thinking process with an international perspective
- To provide intensive instruction and research experiences in the political, economic
and social systems of the world.
Formal courses, supervised individual and group projects, and experimental learning
techniques will be part of the program. Seminars led by prominent international, national,
and local scholars, statesmen, and business executives will allow you to gain extensive
insight into international relations. In-depth study of languages, customs, lifestyles,
and cultures of various nationalities will be an integral part of the learning experience.
Student Comments about the Governor's School for International Studies . . .
"Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity afforded my son this summer. He had
nothing but good things to say about his fellow students, professors, RAs and other
staff involved. This will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for him. Thank
you for selecting him and providing such a quality program to the students of Tennessee!"
"We just wanted to drop an email to say a big THANK YOU to all of you and everyone
who made GSIS 2010 happen, from instructors to RCs and support staff.
"We have been absolutely blown away as parents and know without a shadow of a doubt
that this has been a life-changing experience for our son!"
"There were no low points. It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience. I pay more attention
to places and events in the news because of the topics we discussed at Governor's
School." said T.D. Schlafer of Cumberland County, TN about his experience at GSIS
2007. Crossville Chronicle reporter Carol Campbell interviewed T.D.... more