Global Pathways Student (GPS)

The GPS program is designed to provide students with information about a variety of opportunities that will enhance their college experience and enable them to develop the skills, tools and knowledge to take charge of their college education and be an active and engaged member of the global community upon graduation.

As GPS scholars, students will:

  • Develop/improve their ability to understand and respect others' points of view.
  • Attend cultural activities - learn about food, music, literature from around the world.
  • Attend GPS student panels to hear upper class students' stories about their personal experiences in exchange programs, internships and service learning sites.
  • Articulate connections between the information they are learning in different classes with experiences in their lives.
  • Increase their ability to ask questions that demonstrate awareness/concern for other peoples/communities/cultures.

The GPS program is embedded in Topic RAPs.

Students who join Topic RAPs will experience the opportunities described above through their RAP seminar.


Great Opportunity for Upper Class students!

GPS Panel Presentations

We are looking for upper class students to share their experiences with first-year students.

Come talk about your experience with one or more of the following:

  • Five-College classes
  • Domestic Exchange
  • Service Learning Class
  • Internship and/or Co-op
  • Study Abroad

Email if you have questions or want more information.



Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

This website is part of Undergraduate Advising & Learning Communities. We provide undergraduate students a variety of opportunities and services designed to facilitate the best academic experience possible. 609 Goodell Building, UMass Amherst.

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