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Global Perspectives Symposium



GPS Motto: Facilitating SDSU Faculty members to internationalize curriculum at home within their classroom settings

About GPS

The Global Perspective Program (GPS) is a program designed to facilitate faculty members to internationalize their curriculum at home and provide international students a platform to share with the SDSU community their global and cultural perspectives within the classroom setting. The program is offered by International Affairs at SDSU to bring together SDSU faculty members, international students, and staff to participate in curriculum internationalization efforts and facilitate the university to give the world global citizens, ethical innovators, and compassionate leaders who will transform our future.

GPS Program brings cross-cultural ambassadors into classrooms to present, interact, and share their global perspectives related to topics selected by professors. Both international and domestic students get opportunities to deepen their connections culturally, socially, and academically.

SDSU professors get a platform to creatively internationalize their course content while developing global citizens.

Internationalization Programs

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Practices
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Environment Sciences
  • Geography
  • Hospitality Management
  • Intercultural Communication
  • International Business
  • International Security Studies
  • International Studies
  • Media Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sciences & Technology
  • Social Engineering
  • Social Science Studies
  • Sociology
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Theater & Acting Studies
  • Urban Planning Studies
  • Water Engineering
  • Women & Gender Equality Studies

Faculty Resources:

​​GPS Program is available to all SDSU faculty members who are interested in internationalizing their curriculum free of charge. At the faculty members' request, the GPS team put together a panel of GPS Ambassadors from different countries to present in the classroom. The presentations are related to the topics selected by the professors. GPS presentations might include informal topic discussions, presentations, photo exhibitions, folklore music, etc...


 The 2021/22 cohort of faculty who hosted the GPS program to Internationalize their curriculum 

Students Resources

International Students interested in participating in the GPS Program are encouraged to apply to work as student assistants at SDSU. The GPS program provides a platform for international students to share their global cross-cultural experiences with the SDSU community within classroom settings.

GPS  Students Cohort 2022-2023


Sarobidy Vanessa Ranarison

Hobbies/likes: Cooking, Eating, Going to the gym, and hiking

Why you joined GPS: Learn more about diverse countries, Familiarize SDSU students about Madagascar

Languages: Malagasy, French, and English

Country: Madagascar


Mutale Kulilishika 

Country: Zimbabwe


Alexandra Lim

Country: Cambodia


Hien Mai

Country: Vietnam


Alisha Alexander 

Country: Dominican Republic


Edwin Rodriguez

Country: Colombia


Tanya Fish

Country: US / Russia


Katariina Raudsepp

Country: Estonia


Lea Kawashima

Country: Japan


Thanh Nguyen

Country: Vietnam

Abel Sekone

Country: Burkina Faso 

Monika Ham

Country: Cambodia 

GPS Important Dates

August 15: Faculty at SDSU submit their GPS Faculty Application Forms for review

August 22: International Students at SDSU apply to become the GPS Ambassadors and participate in the GPS panels.

August 30: Faculty who applied for the GPS program get feedback about the status of their GPS application

September 2: Students who applied to participate in the GPS Program get feedback about their applications

September 5: GPS new ambassadors participate in GPS orientation & training activities


Do you want to participate in the GPS Ambassador Program? Please here

Do you want to learn more about the GPS Program? Access the GPS brochure here

Are you a faculty at SDSU and want to internationalize your curriculum? Please access Faculty Application Form here 

Global Perspective Symposium
Photos of GPS


For Inquiries:

SDSU international and exchange students who are interested in participating in the GPS program as GPS ambassadors are encouraged to send their applications to Dr. William Twayigize 

Apply to host a GPS panel in your class by visiting the International Affairs Faculty Resources page. They can also access the GPS Faculty Application Form here