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Office of Academic Civic & Global Engagement

Are you interested in learning more about your community and how you can help meet the needs of your fellow citizens and the environment? Have you always wanted to get out of the classroom to learn about another culture while you are in it? Explore the numerous opportunities at Iona College available to learn by doing through Service-Learning and Study Abroad through the Office for Academic Civic & Global Engagement!

The Office for Academic Civic & Global Engagement (ACGE) designs and supports educational experiences for Iona College students both domestically and internationally in through a Service-Learning (SL) course or Study Abroad (SA) program. In service-learning, learners apply what they are learning to a community identified needs and are not only a volunteer experience, but allows students to apply what they are learning in class in order to make a positive contribution in the lives of others. With study abroad, students travel to another country for a week to a full semester in order to learn from the “living textbook” of people, history, art, traditions and culture. We also offer a number of international service-learning programs, where both SA and SL teaching techniques are combined into one class.

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The mission of the Office for Academic Civic & Global Engagement (ACGE) is to prepare students to lead lives as engaged citizens, reflective practitioners, intercultural leaders, and socially responsible community members. In the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice, the ACGE strives to create catalytic educational experiences for the development of global agency where learners grow in both proclivity and ability to make positive contributions to their local, regional, national and global communities.  

Study Abroad (SA) Service-Learning (SL)
Iona College sponsors a wide variety of ongoing study abroad programs. The programs make it possible and affordable for students to acquire knowledge through direct exposure to different world cultures as reflected in art, architecture, language and history. Service-learning is a credit-bearing academic experience describing a unique and specialized course design strategy that combines academics, community service and reflection. Service-learning at Iona seeks to equip students to be agents of change through four dimensions of learning and development, including interpersonal, intrapersonal, intercultural and academic.