The Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) at the University
of Memphis is a summer program during the month of June that offers rising high school
Juniors and Seniors an exciting and total immersion experience, introducing them to
the world around us through activities including studying global cultures, learning
world languages, exchanging perspectives on issues of international scope. The program
provides students the opportunity to see far beyond our state's boundaries and explore
a variety of global economic, historical and cultural relationships.
Students must be nominated by their high school counselors or teachers, and submit
a statement and letters of recommendation, with the application deadline coming in
late January every year. This is a highly competitive program, with 60 students being
admitted every year out of nearly 300 applicants.
Once at the program, students are enrolled in INTL 1101, a three-credit-hour college
course. In addition, the GSIS program exposes its scholars to languages, cultures,
speakers, and activities designed to broaden horizons and deepen perspectives on issues
as diverse as international business, immigration, the workings of the United Nations,
genocide, national security, world hunger, careers in diplomacy, and health and environmental
Students live together in a residence hall with their resident counselors (many are
alumni of the program) and some of the faculty members. All regular meals are provided
in one of the campus dining halls. All housing, meals, tuition, and other program
costs are covered. There is no cost for attending GSIS other than that required for
transportation to and from the program.