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Global Engagement and Leadership Experience


Who says you cannot have fun and intellectual conversation about global leadership at the same time? 

What is the Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE)

The Global Engagement and Leadership Experience (GELE) is a two-and-a-half day conference that brings together international and U.S. students to discuss and learn about aspects of global leadership. It is the perfect mix of serious conversations, engaging activities, and practical simulations.

There are two main purposes for GELE: It provides a space for diverse populations of international students and the diverse populations U.S. students to talk about cultures and think through leadership through the variety of global perspectives. Secondly, for GELE participants to positively impact the global climate at Penn State, inspiring fellow Penn Staters--future leaders--to transform themselves into globally-engaged and responsible citizens.

If that interests you, then apply for GELE in Spring 2016!


When is GELE?

GELE is held twice a year, once in the fall semester and again in the spring semester. Spring 2015 marked the first time that GELE was offered to the Penn State commonwealth campuses.

Fall 2015

University Park GELE

November 6-8, 2015
Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park

Applications are now closed.


Penn State Commonwealth Campus GELE

November 13-15, 2015

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park 


Spring 2016

University Park GELE

February 26-28, 2016

Nature Inn at Bald Eagle State Park

Applications are due by January 31st: Apply Now


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GELE Participant Selection Process and Deadlines

GELE participants include half international students and half U.S. students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, races, ethnicities and more. Admittance to GELE is provided only to successful applicants in a competitive selection process.

GELE is a collaboration between the University Office of Global Programs and Student Affairs.