Added as a dimension of the first-year program at the university, The Global Fellows Program aims to open substantive dialogue on issues of sustainability and geopolitics from a global perspective. Global Fellows are selected in a competitive essay contest during their first year at BVU. During January interim of their second year, Global Fellows participate in a fully-funded, academically-oriented, interdisciplinary international experience. During their junior and senior years, Global Fellows give back to the university as global ambassadors with a Scholar’s Day presentation and as student mentors for the first year program.
Buena Vista University's 2015 Global Fellows experienced the culture and geography of Chile. The trip started in Puerto Williams, where they learned about scientific efforts to preserve the area's pristine lands. Afterward they traveled to the larger cities of Santiago and Valparaiso, to learn about the vast culture of the country.
Following their trip to Chile, they returned to campus to promote globalism, environmental sustainability, and international awareness on our campus and to the wider community.