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The Global Outlooks on Education (GO) Institute is an intensive, one-semester graduate program designed to cultivate a global perspective on leadership responsibilities in higher education. The GO Institute is particularly relevant for graduate students who aspire to careers in the academy at the faculty or administrative level.

This year, Graduate Studies will appoint graduate students from across all disciplines as Ambassadors of the 2018 GO Institute. GO Institute Ambassadors will meet several times at TCU over the course of the Spring 2018 semester. In these meetings, Ambassadors will engage with recent scholarship on academic leadership in a global society, study international models of education in comparison to the American education system, and discuss global issues in higher education with academic leaders from TCU. The Institute culminates in an eleven-day trip abroad to meet with representatives of universities in the UK and Europe. Upon the conclusion of the trip abroad, students will collaborate on projects that apply global perspectives to concepts of academic leadership and consider the future implications of the Institute on their own academic and professional work.


Through participation in the Institute, GO Ambassadors will gain a global perspective on university-level education which they will then integrate into their pedagogies and practices in their own fields. Ambassadors will form and maintain valuable global connections with academics and institutions in the UK and Europe. Each Ambassador’s global perspective will enhance their marketability as they advance from graduate student to academic professional in an increasingly global job market.

GO Institute Presentations & Interest Meetings, Fall 2017

Download the flyer about the GO Institute: GO Flyer 2018

GO Institute 2017 Fellows’ Presentations, Interest Meeting #1
Friday, September 15th, 4-5PM, Scharbauer Hall Debate Chamber (1st floor, left of the elevator)
Learn about the GO Institute, hear the presentations, and ask the 2017 Fellows about their experiences.

GO Institute Interest Meeting #2
Tuesday, September 19, 4-5PM, 1005 Sadler Hall, RSVP to

GO Institute Interest Meeting #3
Friday, September 29, Noon-1PM, 1005 Sadler Hall. RSVP to


  • GO Ambassadors will experience alternative models for secondary and higher education through discussion of scholarship and travel abroad
  • GO Ambassadors will cultivate professional relationships with representatives from universities abroad by exchanging perspectives on education in a global society
  • GO Ambassadors will apply diverse cultural values of education to their pedagogies, practices, and methods in a culminating collaborative project
  • GO Ambassadors will see an example of a faculty-led study abroad program


Go Ambassador 2018 Application (PDF): GO Institute Application 2018GO Institute Application 2018

To be considered for the GO Institute, students must attend one information session and submit an application. The application requires a statement of interest and two letters of recommendation.

The GO Abroad trip will take place between Tuesday, May 22, 2017 and Saturday, June 2, 2018, with the option to travel before or after (at your own expense). The trip will begin in London, UK and end in Trier, Germany.

Graduate Studies provides generous funding for all selected GO Institute Ambassadors. This funding may include all or part of  the following:

  • $800 for air/train travel
  • Ten nights lodging
  • Most evening meals
  • Train travel and other transportation to and from GO Abroad events

GO Ambassadors will be responsible for spending money, lunches, any meals during optional activities or free time, and air/train travel costs beyond $800.


Q: I’m graduating in May – can I still apply for the program?
A: Yes! The 11 day abroad trip is scheduled after graduation. You’ll be responsible for submitting your multi-media presentation in August. If you’re still in Fort Worth in September, you’re encouraged to present in person, otherwise, your project will be presented on your behalf.

Q: I’m a first year MA/first year PhD student. Should I submit an application?
A: You are more than welcome to submit an application every year. The inclusion of your thesis or dissertation title and an explanation of how the GO outcomes relate to your future academic career goals makes you more competitive than those who are still in the early years of their program. On the application, you’ll leave the “Thesis/Dissertation Title” section blank or put N/A.

Q: I’m in the [insert your program] program; am I eligible?
A: All TCU graduate students (except Brite Divinity students) are eligible to apply. The program is geared towards graduate students pursing careers in the academy, whether as faculty or administrators.

If you have questions about the GO Institute, please contact Graduate Studies at