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Matteo Ricci Global Scholar Program

Who is Matteo Ricci?
Matteo Ricci, S.J. embodied the values of a global scholar through his service as an Italian Jesuit missionary to China from 1582-1610. By learning the local language and culture, he built significant mutually beneficial relationships. He became a scholar in the Confucian tradition and advisor to the emperor. By expanding his knowledge of China, Ricci helped expand China’s knowledge of the world. This was exemplified by creating the first Chinese dictionary in a European language. Ricci’s ability to bridge Chinese and Western cultures demonstrates the vital intercultural competencies necessary to work across differences. Today he serves as a model for cross-cultural understanding and his life exemplifies the men and women for others ethos.

About the Program:
This interdisciplinary, experiential and evidence-based educational badge appears on your official transcript. The program cultivates global perspectives and demonstrates your intercultural competencies and key global workforce skills to future employers. For the pilot years, this scholarship is open to students in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Study Abroad Scholarship:
Students can receive a $1,500 scholarship and obtain an interdisciplinary educational badge by completing a challenging academic program that cultivates global perspectives and demonstrates intercultural competencies. The grant is designed to offset the cost of studying abroad.

Program Components:
You will need to complete the following components to be awarded the Matteo Ricci Global Scholar Educational Badge:
  • ECON 1040 - Introduction to Global Economy (3 credits - fulfills core requirement). Econ, IB and INIA majors may take Econ 4040 - International economic Issues (3 credits) to satisfy this requirement
  • POSC 2601 - International Politics (3 credits)
  • Language proficiency through the 2002 level or equivalent
  • Study abroad experience in any location (minimum of 12-18 credits completed abroad or 16-week program duration)
  • Experiential learning requirement. This can be fulfilled through service-learning, community service, an internship or participation in a cultural student organization.
  • E-portfolio for reflections and integration of learning outcomes demonstrating intercultural competence

STEP 1: Apply for the Matteo Ricci Global Program here:
STEP 2: Apply for the Matteo Ricci Scholarship component of the program by clicking the "Apply Now" button above and choose the term and semester during which you will be studying abroad.