At a Glance


June 30, 2017 11:59 pm EDT

Incoming first-year or transfer students at UNC or Fayetteville State University.

Provides funding for students to participate in an interactive, four-day, faculty-led trip to Puerto Rico.

Brandy Arellano

ID# 1415 | Last Updated: Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Center for Global Initiatives is committed to the Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program, which provides funding for students to participate in an interactive, four-day, faculty-led trip to Puerto Rico after final exams are over, in December 2016. In collaboration with the Institute for the Studies of the Americas and the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History, this program includes the following components:

  • Fully funded trip to Puerto Rico to participate in an interactive educational experience, including discussions with Puerto Rican students and community members, tours of local sites and attractions, and exploration of Puerto Rican cuisine
  • Collaborative learning with both UNC and University of Puerto Rico faculty and staff
  • Career and personal development and networking opportunities

The Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program was established in 2015 and is made possible by a generous donation from UNC alumna, Maribel Carrion ’77, ’86 M.B.A., in honor of her sister, Marisela, who was also a UNC-CH alumna.

Applicant Profile

This program is part of UNC’s major effort to significantly increase the number of traditionally underrepresented students who have access to global opportunities. As such, we encourage applications regardless of a student’s academic discipline, age, disabilities, educational or family background, gender identity, racial or ethnic identity, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.

Applicants must:

  1. Be a UNC or Fayetteville State University first-year undergraduate or transfer student starting in Fall 2016
  2. Have limited or no global travel experience
  3. Demonstrate financial need through one of the following:
    • Pell Grant eligibility as determined by your current or prior-year FAFSA
    • An international student financial aid worksheet that demonstrates need
    • A narrative statement, if the other two options do not apply, that discusses need

The Opportunity

Students will travel to Puerto Rico after final exams are finished, from December 14 – December 20, 2016. The trip will be led by Dr. Joseph Jordan, Director of the Sonja H. Stone Center for Black Culture and History, and Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz, Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas. It will include a combination of instructional and experiential opportunities for engagement with Puerto Rican culture, history, and politics, especially how it relates to the U.S.

Application Components

The entire application process is completed online and consists of the following:

  • Application form, including name and contact information
  • Five short answer questions
  • Supporting financial documentation (if required)
  • List of past global travel experience (if any)
  • One reference
  • UNC Honor Pledge

Evaluation of Applicants

Applications are evaluated by UNC faculty and staff review committees who will consider the following:

Financial Need

  • Does the applicant require external funding in order to travel to Puerto Rico?

Personal Impact

  • Would participation in the Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program allow the applicant to gain new, relevant global experience the applicant wouldn’t otherwise have?
  • How much prior global experience has the applicant already had?

Diversity of Background, Discipline & Perspective

  • Does the candidate bring personal experiences, perspectives and/or background to the opportunity that help the group represent UNC’s diverse population?

Application Timeline

  • Online application deadline: June 30, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Application status notification: mid-October 2016

Award Requirements

If selected for participation, all awardees must:

  • Attend two pre-travel orientation sessions
  • Attend two post-travel reflection sessions
  • Complete an online survey at the completion of the trip and optionally participate in focus groups to improve global programming
  • Present at one of the following:

Related Information Sessions & Events

Apr 08

GO! Global Orientation 2017

Saturday, April 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am3:00 pm EDT
301 Pittsboro St.