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Governor's School for International Studies WHAT'S BEING SAID ABOUT GSIS

The University of Memphis is proud to serve as the host of the Governor's School for International Studies which takes place on the U of M Campus each year during the month of June.  The month-long program typically begins on the last Saturday of May  and ends on the last Saturday of June.  The University of Memphis is located in the heart of Tennessee's growing international corporate center on the banks of the Mississippi River - home to Federal Express, Holiday Inns and Schering-Plough.

The Governor's School for International Studies (GSIS) provides a four week immersion into the world around us, including the study and discussion of global cultures, foreign languages and international perspectives. GSIS will give you the opportunity to see far beyond the boundaries of our state and to explore and assess the global economic, historical and cultural relationships that affect us. You will discuss world issues with political and business leaders. You will be encouraged to explore and develop your own conclusions and solutions to problems faced by third world nations. Through your courses, projects, lectures and discussions, you will discover the growing complexities of international inter-dependence.

The Curriculum

The GSIS program provides a rigorous introduction to the field of International Studies, including six credit hours of college coursework.

The goals of the curriculum are:

  • To develop problem solving skills related to global events
  • To develop an appreciation and understanding of other cultures
  • To enrich the critical thinking process with an international perspective
  • To provide intensive instruction and research experiences in the political, economic and social systems of the world.

Formal courses, supervised individual and group projects, and experimental learning techniques will be part of the program. Seminars led by prominent international, national, and local scholars, statesmen, and business executives will allow you to gain extensive insight into international relations. In-depth study of languages, customs, lifestyles, and cultures of various nationalities will be an integral part of the learning experience.

Student Comments about the Governor's School for International Studies . . .

"Thank you so much for the wonderful opportunity afforded my son this summer. He had nothing but good things to say about his fellow students, professors, RAs and other staff involved. This will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for him. Thank you for selecting him and providing such a quality program to the students of Tennessee!"

"We just wanted to drop an email to say a big THANK YOU to all of you and everyone who made GSIS 2010 happen, from instructors to RCs and support staff.

"We have been absolutely blown away as parents and know without a shadow of a doubt that this has been a life-changing experience for our son!"

"There were no low points. It was a wonderful, eye-opening experience. I pay more attention to places and events in the news because of the topics we discussed at Governor's School." said T.D. Schlafer of Cumberland County, TN about his experience at GSIS 2007. Crossville Chronicle reporter Carol Campbell interviewed T.D.... more

GSIS Contacts

Dr. Nicole Detraz,
GSIS Academic Coordinator
Interim Director
International Studies
Mr. Robert Marczynski, J.D., 
GSIS Administrative Director
Assistant Director, College of Arts  & Sciences Interdisciplinary Studies
Mrs. Blanche Deaderick,            GSIS Associate Director
Mail and telephone:
Interdisciplinary Studies Office
218 Scates Hall
The University of Memphis
Memphis, TN 38152
901.678.4206 (fax)

2015 Daily Class/Activity Schedule

Click here to download the 2015 Daily Class and Activity Schedule

Information, Instructions & Forms for 2015 GSIS Participants:

Click here to download the instructions and forms you will need to participate in this summer's program

Textbook Information

Click here to download the instructions on ordering your textbooks for the Governor's School Program.

What To Bring

Click here for a list of things to bring to the Governor's School and a list of what NOT to bring.

Download an application: 

State of Tennessee Governor's Schools website

U of M Transcript Request:

Official U of M Transcript of GSIS Classes



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