Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE)

What is FiGE?

Foundations in Global Engagement (FiGE; “fee-gee”) is programming for all students who wish to enrich their Penn State experience by developing multinational relationships. A cohort of international and domestic students will participate in a series of events and activities that will become the catalyst for cross-cultural communication and will facilitate the process of learning to appreciate similarities and differences in a multinational group.

It is an excellent way to learn about resources on campus while meeting people and making new friends outside of your department!

Learning Objectives

The activities are purposeful, engaging, and educational. The small-group format ensures meaningful conversations that facilitate the transfer of information about the members' lives and cultures. It is the first phase of programming for students who are interested in:

  • Building a friendly network of multinational relationships
  • Developing and honoring globally diverse perspectives
  • Increasing their capacity to communicate effectively, diplomatically, and sensitively with peers from other cultures
  • Laying a foundation for engaged scholarship; international team-based learning that happens beyond the classroom walls for the purpose of solving real-world problems

The Commitment

Once accepted, we encourage participants to engage with the cohort as much as their schedule allows.

FiGE meetings will take place 2 or 3 times each month during the academic year.

New York City/United Nations Trip  

Each spring semester, the FiGE program takes a two-day trip to New York City. Activities include a tour of the United Nations, and trips to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

*There will be a $50 trip charge for participants on this trip (Lion Cash only)