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The Academy for Global Scholars

The Academy for Global Scholars (AGS) is a program for first-year students that provides a unique opportunity for global engagement and individual growth. Participants join AGS by invitation and engage as a cohort in a fall semester bi-weekly meeting, a one-credit course in the spring semester (INTE 150), cultural programming, service activities, and a study abroad experience. The Academy provides scholars with a sense of community and prepares them for the global workplace.



Global Scholars ​move in to their accommodations one week early and participate in a week-long Fall Kickoff, which includes activities introducing aspects of life on Rocky Top, service projects and exciting group trips with members of other programs on campus.

Fall Semester

Global Scholars participate in a fall semester bi-weekly meeting tailored to meet the Academy’s objectives. They also participate in service-learning projects.

Spring Semester

Global Scholars enroll in a one-hour interdisciplinary course (INTE 150) focused on intercultural learning, diversity, inclusion and a critical reflection of the study abroad experience. They also participate in a study abroad experience during, or shortly after, the spring semester.

Global Scholars Community

Upon completion, Global Scholars will remain engaged with the program by mentoring future cohorts and participating in campus programming.


UT’s Center for Global Engagement (CGE) partners with the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, the Division of Academic Success and Transition, the Division of Diversity and Engagement, and other select university offices in delivering the AGS program. The university provides financial support for students who are invited to participate in the program. If you have questions about this program, please contact Adam Willcox or Sara Mulville at

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Watch this highlight reel of the 2022–23 cohort of the Academy for Global Scholars, and hear directly from students.