Program Dates

  • Summer 2018
  • Summer 2017

Program dates: June 18 - August 23, 2018

GESI is a program composed of Pre-departure, in-country time, and Final Reflection Summit. All three components are mandatory. Read more about the GESI program structure.

Date breakdown:

Pre-departure

  • June 18, 2018: GESI students arrive in Chicago area and check-in to the hostel,
 and GESI activities begin
  • June 18 - 25, 2018: 
Pre-Departure Coursework at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus; students attend classes and stay in hostel in downtown Chicago
  • June 26, 2017:
 Students depart on group flights arranged by GESI

In-country dates:

  • June 26 - August 20, 2018: Students work in teams alongside community members to advance the social mission of their organization

Final Reflection Summit:

  • August 21 - 23, 2018: Final Reflection Summit at Northwestern University; program officially ends at 5:00 pm on August 23, 2018.
  • June 12, 2017:
 GESI students arrive in Chicago and check-in to Hosteling International,
 and GESI activities begin
  • June 12 - 19, 2017: 
Pre-Departure Coursework at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus; students attend classes and stay in hostel in downtown Chicago (see accommodations for additional information) 
  • June 20, 2017:
 Students depart on group flights arranged by GESI 
  • June 21 - 22, 2017: (dates may vary by country)
 Students receive in-country orientation 
  • June 20 - August 14, 2017: 
Students work in teams alongside community members to advance the social mission of their organization 
  • August 15, 2017:
 Students from all sites arrive back in Chicago 
  • August 15 - 17, 2017: 
Final Reflection Summit at Northwestern University in Chicago;
 Program officially ends at 5:00 pm on August 17, 2017.

**This is approximate timing; actual times may change closer to 2018 Pre-Departure**