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The Academy for Global Scholars

The Academy for Global Scholars (AGS) is a program for first-year students that provides them with a unique opportunity for global engagement and individual growth. Participants join AGS by invitation and engage as a cohort in FYS 101 and a general education course, 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 attend a Kickoff Meeting, which will introduce participants to Academy objectives and programming for the Fall semester and help them begin exploring campus clubs and organizations.

Fall Semester

Global Scholars enroll in two designated general education courses and a first-year studies course tailored to Academy objectives. They also participate in service-learning projects.

Spring Semester

Global Scholars travel to Costa Rica for a spring break study abroad experience, They also enroll in a 1-hour interdisciplinary course focused on intercultural learning, diversity and inclusion, and a critical reflection of the study abroad experience.

Global Scholars Community

Upon completion, Global Scholars will remain engaged with the program by mentoring future cohorts.


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 Doug Terry at or 865-974-3404.

Incoming scholars, please fill out this entering survey.