At a Glance

July 15, 2018 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, five-day, faculty-led trip to Puerto Rico

Brandy Arellano

ID# 1415 | Last Updated: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Global Take Off: Puerto Rico program provides funding for students to participate in an interactive, five-day, faculty-led trip to Puerto Rico after final exams are over in December. In collaboration with the Institute for the Study 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 and tours of local sites and community organizations
  • 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 2017
  2. Have limited or no global travel experience
  3. Demonstrate financial need through one of the following:
    • Pell Grant eligibility as determined by your 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, around the third week of December 2017. The trip will be led by Beatriz Riefkohl Muñiz, Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and Dr. Javier Arce Nazario, an associate professor in the UNC Geography department. It will include a combination of instructional and experiential opportunities as an introduction to Puerto Rican culture, politics, and identity & race relations, and relate these broad topics to our theme of environment.

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?

Diversity of Background, Discipline & Perspective

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

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?
  • Will the proposed opportunity contribute deeply to the applicant’s personal growth?

Prior Global Experience

  • How much prior global experience has the applicant already had?

Application Timeline

  • Online application deadline: June 30, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Application status notification: August 2017

Award Requirements

If selected for participation, all awardees must:

  • Attend two pre-departure orientation sessions
  • Attend two post-departure reflection sessions
  • Complete an online survey before and after the trip
  • Present at one of the following:





Related Information Sessions & Events

Jul 15

[DEADLINE] Global Take Off: Puerto Rico

Sunday, July 15, 2018
301 Pittsboro St.