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Academy for Global Scholars

The Academy for Global Scholars is an invitation-only cohort program designed to prepare incoming, first-year, first-generation UT students to better engage the world by enabling students to develop academic skills, build cross-cultural competence, and experience education abroad.


AGS is a three-phase program carefully designed to support students:

Phase 1 is a multi-day on-campus workshop prior to the freshman year. The workshop helps scholars transition to university life, build skills for academic success and campus integration, and better understand the role of culture – and how it shapes university life and an education abroad experience.

Phase 2 includes General Education and FYS courses that AGS scholars will take as a “cohort” in the Fall Semester along with team-building and campus/community service activities.

Phase 3 includes enrollment in a 1 credit international education course including an education abroad experience in Costa Rica during Spring Break150 and a Spring Break Study Abroad experience in Costa Rica.


  • Free housing and meals for the multi-day workshop on campus
  • Free passport
  • Free airfare, meals and lodging in Costa Rica for the education abroad experience



UT’s Center for Global Education (CGE) partners with the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions, the Division of Academic Success and Transition and other select university offices in delivering the AGS program. The University provides financial support for students who are invited to participate in the program. If you have questions about this program, please contact Doug Terry at or 865-974-3404.