Global Education & Serviam
Educating today's global citizens.
Inspiring tomorrow's global leaders.
The Ursuline School brings the world to our students and takes our students out into the world. Ursuline’s Global Education & Serviam program provides students with multi-disciplinary opportunities that enrich classroom education while providing a global perspective. Through curriculum, hands-on learning and our mission of Serviam, The Ursuline School prepares young women to be active, global citizens and responsible leaders in an increasingly, culturally diverse world. Our global programs are designed so that our students think critically and grow personally.
The Ursuline Global Education curriculum includes Art History, Global History, World Literature, World Music, World Religions and a Global Seminar elective. Courses in Spanish, Italian, French, Latin, and Greek encompass language, literature, history and culture. Many of Ursuline's extra-curricular clubs have a Global Education & Serviam focus such as Amnesty International, Doctors without Borders, Model U.N., Women for Women International, Asian Appreciation Association, Black Essence Club, Bollywood, Gaelic Society, Italian Society, and Spanish Club.
Our annual Global Education & Serviam Symposium addresses world issues and features distinguished keynote speakers and panelists who share global leadership at world-class companies such as IBM and Pfizer, and service experiences at non-profit organizations such as Concern Worldwide, Seeds of Africa and the United Nations. Ursuline students research global challenges, lead discussions, collaborate in break-out sessions and raise awareness for important global causes. Prior world issues of focus include: Global Hunger & Food Justice, Global Climate, Global Displacement, Fast Fashion, and Global Health:Tackling Trachoma.
Our sixth annual Global Symposium in March 2019 explored "Global Displacement." Author, screenwriter and peace activist Luong Ung captivated students with her wisdom and message of kindness as a child refugee and survivor of the Cambodian genocide. Ms. Ung told Ursuline students, "Peace is an action, not a wish – and together we have exponential power to make lasting change.” Ms. Ung’s memoir, First They Killed My Father, became a 2017 Netflix Original Movie that she co-screen wrote with producer-director Angelina Jolie.
International travel opportunities for Ursuline students include Language Immersion trips to Italy and Spain, the annual Junior European trip, Classic studies trips to Greece and Italy, and unique, international student exchanges with other Ursuline schools in Australia, France, Japan, Peru and South Africa. Our global travel program often includes opportunities to positively impact the lives of others and reinforce Ursuline's commitment to Serviam ("I will serve.") Our 2015 trip to Guyana and the 2017 exchange program in Peru are examples of our commitment to service beyond our borders.