Global Opportunities RAP Fall 2014

Perhaps you've always wanted to live and work in another country.  Maybe you plan to study abroad and learn a new language.  You care about the world and hope to gain a better understanding of globalization and the ways it affects your life-and what you can do about it.  Or maybe you're not yet sure what it is that intrigues you about the world, but you know that finding out is part of who you are and what you will become.  If this sounds like you, check out this RAP!  

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Develop a greater appreciation of the wider world and identify ways to incorporate your international interests with your academic studies.  
  • Connect easily with classmates for study groups and class projects.
  • Learn about the various study abroad programs available to UMass students.
  • Live and learn with others who share similar interests and will be part of a small community on a large campus.

In your RAP seminar you will:

  • Explore study abroad opportunities, cultural awareness issues, international events, and language proficiency. 
  • Meet faculty and staff from across the university-who have experience and expertise in international areas.
  • Learn about UMass majors and minors that include an international component.
  • Navigate the expanse of choices to determine which path best suits their individual interests and skills. 

Students in the Global Opportunities RAP will live together and expand their knowledge of international issues, cultures, languages, and events.  Regardless of your long term plans-such as studying abroad, working as a translator, or becoming a member of the international business community you will have an opportunity to explore ways to achieve these academic and/or career goals through an Anthropology class and a RAP seminar.   

Be sure to visit the How to Join page of this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this program! 



Fall 2014

ALL students in the Global Opportunities RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar" - UNIV 190R
1 credit


"Culture, Society & People" - Anthropology 104 (Gen Ed SBG), 4 credits


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Thatcher Hall in Northeast area of campus.  Thatcher is NOT a first-year hall.

Although first-year students in this RAP will be living in Thatcher Residence Hall, they will not officially be part of the Thatcher Language Program.  However, as a Global Opportunity RAP student you will be welcome to participate in Thatcher functions and events.  Additionally, upper level Thatcher students will participate in the RAP seminar and act as informal mentors.

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

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