2017 Summer GEL Institute

The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Institute is an interdisciplinary summer study opportunity that connects students from around the world with renowned Rutgers faculty to collaboratively explore solutions to real-world challenges. Under faculty mentorship, students will spend 4 weeks living on-campus at Rutgers University and will be a part of a rigorous research and entrepreneurial environment in conjunction with the Rutgers Makerspace. Projects will be guided by a human-centered, rapid prototype-driven process using design thinking and iterative design principles, and aim to build students' communication, product development, and entrepreneurship skillsets.

Who Should Attend?

The GEL Institute is for international students in their 3rd or 4th year of undergraduate, or 1st year of graduate. The curriculum is aimed toward students in engineering or science disciplines, but is open to students pursuing related degrees. GEL is appropriate for all students interested in innovation and design as necessary components of new businesses today. Students will also be introduced to various research facilities and projects on campus.

Areas of Study

Dinner with PSM students

For 2017, groups will work to solve real-world problems in the following areas:

Biomedical Sensors

The age of wearable technologies is upon us - miniaturization has allowed us to monitor our health with our jewelry, clothing, athletic equipment, and more. Using accurate yet inexpensive biosensors and the Arduino platform, we explore how technology can increase health awareness and save lives.


The growth of the world’s population in comparison to our rate of fresh food production is a challenge in ensuring food source sustainability. Through implementation of technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and sensors in small farm implements, the industry can better ensure the future of the food production market and how we are able to feed to population.


Our need to harness renewable energy sources is rapidly rising as we continue to consume unsustainable amounts of energy from the environment. As technology advances, we are provided an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint by harnessing our energy consumption and developing methods to better manage our usage and waste.

Civil Solutions

There is a great need to reassess how governments develop and maintain their infrastructure and analyze risk, especially given the challenges of climate change and population growth. Technology can help us better prepare for times ahead in areas such as traffic monitoring, bridge analysis, wastewater, and storm runoff are becoming more prevalent.

Summer 2017 Dates

JULY 10th - AUGUST 4th

Register for our open enrollment program running July 10th to August 4th for only $5995, or contact us to implement a custom program for your institution.

Discounted rates are available for groups – contact us for details.

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Program Requirements

English proficiency is required.

Students are responsible for obtaining and processing their own visas (in most cases, this will be an F-1 visa). Visas will be processed as students register - it is important to register as soon as possible to allow the applications to be approved in time to attend the program.

Included in Registration

  • All supplies, materials, and handouts
  • On-campus accommodations (double or quad occupancy) on Busch Campus
  • University health insurance plan (unless other accommodations are made)
  • Minimum of 2 educational field trips (transportation included)
  • Rutgers SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) Fee